Lions Clubs International
Apr
17

Lions Host a Reading Carnival

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Today’s photo from the Submit a Photo collection features the Montclare Elmwood Park Lions Club in Illinois, USA. These Lions held a Reading Carnival, during which 105 children enjoyed story time, a puppet theater, face painting, temporary tattoos, crafts, balloon twisting, snacks and photos.

Through the Reading Action Program, Lions everywhere show their commitment to improving global literacy every day. In addition to hosting a local reading carnival, service activities that encourage reading include donating books to families in need, organizing a story time for parents and their children, and sponsoring a creative writing workshop. See more Reading Action Program project ideas.

Do you have a great Lions story or project to share? Submit a photo to Lions Clubs International!

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Lions Clubs International
Apr
16

Palmer’s Blog: Welcome, New Lions!

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Last week, I met members of the Lions Club Raasiku, a new charter club in Tallinn, Estonia. It’s one of my greatest pleasures to meet new Lions — to hear how they plan to take on new challenges, serve their communities and continue to grow their club. I also love learning why they decided to start a new club and become a Lion.

Perhaps you’ve met someone who has considered joining your club, but has declined because it just didn’t seem like the right fit. There are so many people who want a chance to help others, and starting a new Lions club gives them an opportunity to form a club that meets their own interests. For example, campus clubs are designed to involve students and young adults. Cyber clubs meet online. There are even clubs that bring people with similar hobbies or of the same ethnic background together. And all with the same mission: We Serve.

As you continue to spread the message of Lions in your community and recruit potential members, be sure to also encourage others to start a new club. When you sponsor a new club, you’re helping the community even more by expanding your reach.

Learn more about starting a new Lions club!

 

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Lions Clubs International
Apr
15

5 Reasons to Celebrate Family & Friends Month

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April is Family and Friends Month, and there’s no better time than now to share your club with family and friends. Here are five great reasons to schedule a special event:

1. Spend time with family and friends

The only thing better than time with family and friends is time with family, friends and Lions. So host a special event that brings them all together to learn, serve and celebrate with you.

2. Put the spotlight on your club

It’s a great opportunity to tell family and friends about the difference your club is making in the community.

3. Get new members

New members strengthen your club and increase your ability to serve, so be sure to ask your family and friends to join you in making a difference.

4. Get new members

Some things are so important that you have to say it twice.

5. Everybody’s doing it

Thousands of clubs around the world have already hosted special events for Family and Friends Month, so make sure your club is part of it!

If you haven’t scheduled your Family and Friends Month event, do it today!

 

Photo Credit: Dan Morris

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Lions Clubs International
Apr
14

The Lions Family Cub Program

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With Family and Friends Month in full swing, it’s time to find ways to get everyone in your family involved in community service — even the little ones! The Lions Family Cub Program is a perfect way to make your club more family-friendly, and to start teaching the value of volunteering at a young age.

What is the Cub Program?

Cubs are children and relatives of Lions. The program is divided into three age groups: 3 and under, 4 to 7, and 8 to 12. LCI provides a Cub Program Guide, which includes suggested activities for meetings, events and fundraisers that can be implemented for each age group.

Why start a Cub Program?

  • A Cub Program can help your club grow! Encouraging members to get their kids involved in meetings and service activities opens the door for people who might not otherwise join because of family obligations.
  • Bring families closer together! Through the Cub Program, community service becomes a chance for families to spend time together while doing good.
  • Teach children the value of helping others! Introduce children to the joys of volunteering, and lead them toward a future of helping people in need. Cubs are tomorrow’s Leos and Lions.

Getting Started

Download the Lions Family Cub Program Activity Guide for keys to success, activity ideas and more.

 

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Lions Clubs International
Apr
11

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • SPAIN: Lions and golfers from Europe, the United States and India participate in the Lions European Golf Championship and Golf Nation Cup to raise $25,000 for measles eradication.
  • WISCONSIN, USA: Lions travel to Nicaragua on eyeglass mission, helping improve the eyesight of 2,900 people and screening more than 1,000 people for diabetes.
  • ALABAMA, USA: The Andalusia VIP Lions Club is launched for visually impaired people who want to serve their community.
  • KENYA: Lions finalize preparations for construction of state-of-the-art eye hospital.
  • CANADA: The Rosthern Lions Club help make boy’s life-saving surgery a reality.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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