Today’s guest post, from the “Green Lions Guild” of District 4-C2, is about the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day held on Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Photos from the event can be seen here. Beach Cleanups work towards one of our Centennial Service Challenge goals of serving 25 million people by Protecting our Environment. Use the hashtags #Lionsenvironment and #Lionsbeachcleanup when posting your environment/beach cleanup projects on social media. Be sure to record your activities in MyLCI!
When the “Team Jenner” van pulled out from Roseland, Santa Rosa to North Jenner Beach for the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, newly appointed Environmental Committee Chair Evelina Molina envisioned the day of environmental service as the inaugural event for District 4-C2′s Green Lions Guild. It was a diverse team- composed of Tail Twister Lion Daniel Kerbein and Evelina Molina of the Roseland Lions Club, Sabrina Roncancio 2nd VP of Santa Rosa Host (accompanied by her boyfriend) and Global Membership Team district coordinator Sandra Stevens, along with longtime Roseland residents Magda Retamoza, Abelardo Mendoza and Felix Reyes looking to become part of Northern California’s first Spanish-language Lions chapter. Evelina shares that, Team Jenner was aimed at building Latino involvement in both the cleanup efforts and Lions club activities. “It is important for me to get members of my community out here. They need to be an integral part of protection of the environment (as we should all) and one great way is to do it in service as Lions.”
Fun, a group effort, a clean beach, and even an unforgettable education about the history of coastal protection in Sonoma County and California, provided by Bill Kortum, a Sierra Club veteran and person of influence in the establishment of the Coastal Commission and Coast Walk, welcomed the LCI Green Lions Guild, Team Jenner, as the upcoming generation of coast defenders.
A story published in the Sunday edition of the Press Democrat can be found at the link below:
Through a new Lions Clubs International Foundation microenterprise development pilot program, LCIF and Lions can provide support to people living in poverty in developing countries. Funding through the pilot program supports small business entrepreneurs through working capital, the purchase of inventory, supplies, furniture, fixtures, machinery or equipment needed to establish or expand a business.
Funding is available in amounts of US$10,000 to US$100,000. Only Lions Districts or Multiple Districts may apply, and must partner with a reputable micro-lending organization.
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During the month of October, Lions are encouraged to join in the fight against blindness by participating in the Sharing the Vision Global Service Action Campaign. We are inviting you to take action by organizing sight projects to help make a difference in your own community.
Lions all over the globe are working towards serving 100 million people by December 2017 through their participation in Global Service Action Campaigns. The Centennial Service Challenge is split into four Global Service Action Campaigns that each focus on different projects –youth, vision, environment and hunger. This month we are highlighting vision projects such as:
Our special goal is to serve 10 million children with eye care. Report your club’s service activity to MyLCI and don’t forget to share photos of your project as well.
How will your club be “Sharing the Vision?”
These few words say so much about what our organization means to the people we help. Earlier this month, I heard those words from a mother that I met at a clinic in Cuba, where her daughter was being treated for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Her daughter was born prematurely. She was so small when she was born that her eyes did not develop properly, causing ROP.
Through an LCIF SightFirst grant to provide special equipment, the clinic was able to detect the disorder, treat the condition and save the girl’s sight. Thanks to this life-altering equipment and the contributions of Lions, we are saving the sight of premature babies at risk for ROP throughout the world.
This is what LCIF and Lions are all about – service where it is needed most. You can view a short video below of my visit and meet the amazing little girl who was helped through the support of Lions.
LCIF efforts like saving vision, as well as empowering youth, providing disaster relief and meeting humanitarian needs, cannot be done without your generous support. During my visits as Chairperson, I have been asking Lions to support our Foundation to increase these valuable humanitarian programs. And Lions have responded. Because of your generous support, we will soon announce a new program to recognize District Governors and Coordinators who increase giving to LCIF.
Thank you for your support!
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
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