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Jan
8

Share Peace

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We are excited to announce the theme for the upcoming 2015-2016 Peace Poster Contest: “Share Peace.” This international contest gives youth from around the world a chance to express their vision of peace through art.

If you are interested in sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in your area, please be sure to purchase a kit. Peace Poster Kits will be available to order on January 15th, 2015. To learn more about the contest, please view our rules and deadlines.

The winning poster judging takes place in Chicago towards the end of January by various members and leaders of youth outreach and the art community.

Join us at Lions Day with the United Nations as we reveal this year’s winner of the Peace Poster Contest. Registration for LDUN closes soon, so be sure to register today!register-now-blue

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Jan
7

LQ: Aloha 2015 Convention!

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Join us June 26th-30th as we retrace the steps of Melvin Jones and celebrate a successful Lion year. Experience Polynesian culture, explore the tropical landscape and relax by the ocean at this year’s 98th Annual International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Watch the clip above to learn more about what takes place at our International Conventions. You can find the entire January Lions Quarterly on the LNN network.

For more information on this year’s convention, such as local tours and attractions, a schedule of events and hotel information visit the International Convention page on our website.

Be sure to register today for the 2015 Lions International Convention. We hope to see you there!

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Jan
6

Clean Water Project

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Life Becomes a Little Easier—and Safer

Over craggy terrain in the remote village of Monggis in Borneo, Malaysia, Pumpuar Dasim walked the one-kilometer (.6 mile) trip  three times a day to fill her bucket with water for her household of three people. Upon reaching the stream, if the oxen were bathing, the 58-year-old had to turn back and return later in the day. Walking barefoot in the mountainous jungle, this was no small task, yet a necessity for the village’s farming livelihood.

When running water is just a dream

Cholera, typhoid and other water-borne diseases are a major threat, yet this was the only source of water for the nearly 1,000 villagers. The government told the villagers it would be another 16 years before running water in their homes was a reality. But the Lions made it a reality in a short four months—the time from when they received LCIF grant funding to the time the clean water project was complete.

Korean and Malaysian Lions partnered for a matching International Assistance Grant of US$20,000 to establish a pipe system to channel water from an unpolluted mountain stream. The small black pipe can be seen running along the gravel mountain road for 21 kilometers (13 miles) before it winds into the jungle to the water source. The water is filtered and then distributed directly to individual homes. All of the villages now have a spigot with high-pressure water in their homes as well as two central faucets in the village’s center.

A lifetime of difference in four short months

Without the long walks for water each day, Dasim can now spend more time doing other things for her family and village. “Many, many thanks to the Lions for this nice gift. It has changed my life a lot,” she said.

Make it happen: How to provide a clean water project

From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives

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Jan
2

The Lions Holiday Float is here!

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Today’s guest post was written by Lion Alastair McKechnie from the Gillingham, Mere and Shaftesbury Lions Club in England. Read about how their Santa Float has become a tradition in their community. Not even a broken tractor and missing speakers could stop their dress rehearsal! For more, visit the GMS Lions Facebook page.

The amount of times GMS Lions heard, ‘Now I know it is Christmas, the Lions Santa Float is here’ has been amazing. It reinforces that the GMS Christmas Santa has become a local tradition, it is looked forward to, adds a touch of magic to Christmas and as a by-product makes money that is used to support local needy causes.

“I can really see that this is a fabulous tradition, it raises money that is going to be used on great local causes – over forty local causes were serviced from lions funds last year – and the look and excitement on the faces of children, parents and the elderly as the Lions float went around made those made dashes back from Bristol worthwhile,” expressed Lion Al. “The amount we have raised this year is a fantastic testament to not only the Lions and their volunteers who have given up their time, but more to the generous nature of the wonderful people from Gillingham, Mere and Shaftesbury. Every penny really does count.”

We could not have done it without the determined effort from volunteers, dedicated drivers and Santa. Thank you to everyone who helped out and worked as a team to make this a memorable and fun time.

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Dec
30

Fundraising in Turkey

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The Izmir Gündoğdu Lions Kulübü held a fundraiser to assist children with kidney problems who are receiving dialysis. Clothing items, accessories, decorations, food and drinks were some of the items they had for sale at their tables. Their profits went to the children in the dialysis department at the Ege University Children’s Hospital.

Follow the Izmir Gündoğdu Lions on Facebook for more pictures of this event and current activities.

What types of fundraisers does your club participate in?

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