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Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.

  • BAHAMAS – Twelve local teachers complete LionsQuest training.
  • MINNESOTA, USA – Lions serve thousands at 57th annual Lions Club Pancake Day.
  • HAWAII, USA – The Kauai Lions Club presents the Vision Van, which offers health screenings up to an hour in length.
  • CANADA – Guide dog provided by the Lions Foundation of Canada helps change young girl’s life.
  • GUYANA – The Lions Club of D’urban Park hosts career fair for students.

Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Lions World Lunch Relay

#LCIWorldLunch Contest Winners!

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The Lions World Lunch Relay was a great success! For 24 hours on April 4, Lions around the world gathered with their friends and family to celebrate Lions’ service and to encourage others to join in.

We’re excited to announce the winners of the Lions World Lunch Relay contests! Categories included:

  • Most family and friends – The lunch with the most non-Lions
  • Biggest food drive – The lunch that collects the most food items for needy families
  • Best lunch theme – The lunch with the best fun, meaningful Lions theme that shows club pride and spirit

And the winners are…

Most Family and Friends:

Lions Clubs InternationalCuiaba Amigos Da Lama Lions Club, Brazil

Lions Clubs InternationalKancheepuram Ashoknagar Lions Club, India

Lions Clubs InternationalChihuahua San Felipe El Real Lions Club, Mexico

Lions Clubs InternationalManila Achievers Lions Club, Philippines

Lions Clubs International Panadura Lions Club, Sri Lanka

Biggest Food Drive:

Lions Clubs InternationalManly Lions Club, Australia

Items collected for the Manly Community Center

Lions Clubs InternationalMombasa Pwani Lions Club, Kenya

Items donated to villagers around Mariakani, Mombasa and Kenya

Lions Clubs InternationalKuala Lumpur Bukit Kiara Lions Club, Malaysia

Items donated to those in need from Kassim Chin Humanity Foundation, Evangelical Lutheran Church & Myanmar Learning Centre

Lions Clubs InternationalMijas La Cala Lions Club, Spain

Items collected for Caritas

 Lions Clubs InternationalCorona Lions Club, USA

Items donated do St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church Community Food Pantry


Best Theme:

Lions Clubs InternationalPlovdiv Philippopolis Lions Club, Bulgaria

Earth is Our Kingdom and We Serve to it

Activities included planting trees and a bicycle parade.

Lions Clubs InternationalBeijing Hope Lions Club, China

One Hope, One Dream

Collected Dream Cards from patients with disabilities and distributed them to the Lions in the district, in order to see the possibility of these dreams being adopted and fulfilled.

Lions Clubs InternationalMilano Host Lions Club, Italy

Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life

Theme was centered on the humanitarian commitment that all human beings should have enough food and water.

Lions Clubs InternationalCanakkale Lions Club, Turkey

Peace at home, Peace in the World – Lunch at EuroAsia

Lunch on a boat where Europe and Asia meet, 7 countries participated.

Lions Clubs InternationalSan Jose Silicon Valley Global Lions Club, USA

First Annual Global Community Easter Egg Hunt

Eggs were stuffed with coins and candy from around the world.


Visit the LCI World Lunch Facebook page for more photos of Lions celebrations across the globe!

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Palmer’s Blog: Disaster Relief Tool Box

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Earlier this month, I attended the Multiple District 201 Convention in Tamworth, Australia, where more than 1,200 Lions from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia gathered. One of the ceremonies included the opening of a disaster relief “tool box” — a 20-foot container that will hold in excess of $10,000 worth of tools. The tool box will be based in Tamworth, and will be loaned out to local communities in times of disaster.

When disaster strikes, Lions are prepared to respond immediately! How does your Lions club ensure your community is prepared for natural disasters?

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Lions Special Kids Day

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Each year, Past District Governor (District 4-C3) Rene DeLuna and his wife Lion Maggie open up their ranch to over 1,500 families with disabled children for one day. The Special Kids Day in Brentwood, California, USA, gives kids with emotional, developmental and physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy activities that are catered to their needs.

With over 150 volunteers from 21 Lions clubs, the event brings the entire community together. Local families appreciate the love and support shown by Lions, and Lions get a chance to reach out to children with special needs — giving the kids a day during which they can feel comfortable and have fun. Activities include motorcycle rides, special foods, face painting, dancing, balloons, hay rides and more!

See images from the successful 2014 event on the Brentwood Lions Facebook page.

What kind of unique district-wide events does your Lions club participate in?

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Lions Bookmart Promotes Literacy for All Ages

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The Reading Action Program is a relatively new Lions program, but the Glenside Lions Club in Australia has been promoting literacy for decades. The club formed the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart approximately 34 years ago, and since then, the Bookmart has helped the Lions raise nearly $1 million to give back to the community and local charities.

The Bookmart is set up similar to a library. There are more than 30,000 books on display at any one time, from nonfiction topics such as travel and cooking, to classic fiction titles and children’s books. Readers can also find rare and special interest books on the Bookmart shelves. Volunteers (Lions and non-Lions alike) include retired librarians, teachers and community members who love books.

A few years ago, funds from the Bookmart allowed the Glenside Lions to donate a van to the local library. The van is used as a “mobile library,” delivering books to elderly residents who would otherwise have difficulty getting access to library services.

What a wonderful way to encouraging reading in the community while raising money for a good cause! To learn more about the Glenside Lions Club Bookmart, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

How does your club promote literacy in your community?

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Canada Dog Guides on Rick Mercer Report

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Video: Lions Help Face Transplant Patient

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