Hurricane Maria: One Year Later

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Editor’s note: This is a guest blog by Past Council Chairperson Miriam Vazquez

On the morning of Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, devastating the island and plunging all of its 3.4 million residents into a desperate humanitarian crisis.

Hurricane Maria is the worst storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 80 years, and arrived two weeks after Hurricane Irma passed just north of the island and left over a million people without power. The effect on families — and the island’s infrastructure — will take many years to heal.

Despite the challenges, people came together to help their neighbors in any way they could, by clearing debris and even giving their food aid to those who needed it more.

The biggest challenge was the absence of electrical power on the island and the rising death toll. After more than five months without electrical power, many started working in communities to restore the power themselves. Puerto Rico also experienced rising suicide rates due to the depression of those who felt they lost everything, had no food or water, and whose families had left the island.

One year later, you can see the resilience of those who were put to the test of this powerful hurricane. They continue to help others even when they are still struggling. Lions are passionate about what they do and they rose to the occasion as others in need were reaching out to get help. There is still a lot of work to be done. Even today, there are homes with blue tarps for roof. Some are without power. Some families live in one room because they cannot pay to rebuild the rest of their house. Many live with relatives but want to be in their own home.

Many doctors have left the island of Puerto Rico, and we have a great deal of patients with diabetes. According to the Behavior and Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States, since 1996, Puerto Rico has consistently has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the US. There is large population of elderly people who cannot afford to buy basic items due to rising costs of medicine in Puerto Rico, especially diabetic patients who have to purchase insulin and other medication on a monthly basis. And that does not take into account any complications for these patients.

More than 300,000 natives of Puerto Rico have left the island. Many people lost their jobs, professionals like doctors, and a great majority of young people also left to the mainland. One current estimate places the number of casualties at close to 2,900.

Together we can make a difference. And we are. The Lions of Puerto Rico continue to work closely with Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), which provided a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant, FEMA and Islamic Relief USA. Many organizations throughout the United States helped to provide basic necessities for people throughout the island.

The Lions of Multiple District continue to identify areas where people are still struggling and look for partners to help them get back on their feet. Puerto Rico is a beautiful, friendly and warm island. We look forward to a brighter tomorrow and to continuing work as Lions to honor our motto, “We Serve.”Lions of Puerto Rico provide hot meals to victims of Hurricane Maria

Some of the club members gather as they count the change they collected for LCIF.

Oveido-Winter Springs Lions Enact “Time for Change”

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Many of us don’t give much thought to the coins that accumulate in our pockets or bottoms of our purses, in jars on our dressers or between our sofa cushions. After all, what good are a few pennies or the occasional dime?

Individually, not much—but when pooled together, spare change becomes pretty powerful, as LCIF Trustee Robert Littlefield recently proved.

Here are several of the bags of coins the Lions collected for their "Time for Change" program.

Robert’s club, based in Oveido-Winter Springs, Florida, meets twice per month. In the two weeks between meetings, Robert challenged his fellow Lions to save their loose change in plastic bags he provided. At the next meeting, members were to return their bags of coins for counting.

In just two weeks, 17 lions collected a combined total of US$104.75! Not bad for spare change. Looking at their stacks of coins, the Lions set out to use that small-but-mighty wealth for the community’s advantage.

The change collected during their first exercise went to feed the hungry. Then Robert’s club went on to plan five more coin-collecting challenges, dubbed “Time for Change.” They supported a new cause each month.

“Our goal is to raise over US$100 per month,” says Robert. “When this is done, we’ll have donated US$1,000 to LCIF from personal contributions of club members. This will help build the habit of giving.”

It’s easy to host your own “Time for Change” fundraiser. Here’s how:

  1. 1. Provide each club member a re-sealable quart-sized bag to collect loose change.
  2. 2. At the end of the collection period, tally the coins, then donate them to Lions Clubs International Foundation in the participants’ names.
  3. 3. Add an element of recognition.

Each month, the Oveido-Winter Springs club enters participants’ names in a drawing for a president’s pin. The club also recognizes anyone who averages at least US$2 per week; at that rate, the Lion would personally donate more than US$100 in a year. The club’s final honors are based on cumulative totals: gold, silver and bronze awards for those who collect a grand total of at least US$100, US$75 or US$50, respectively.

This is also a great way for club members to earn the newly minted Lions Share program pins. In its first year as the evolution of the Contributing Member program, individual, single donations of US$50, US$100, or US$200 in a year receive the respective one-star, two-star, or three-star pins. Visit for more information. To help collect donations, download a Lions Share donation booklet for print!

We’d love to hear how you make “Time for Change.” Share your stories with us at

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Homes in Japan are under water after massive flooding in summer 2018.

Lions of Japan are Hard at Work After Multiple Disasters Pummel the Nation

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Over the past two months, Japan has an unprecedented amount of natural disasters. Earthquakes, torrential downpours, flooding, heatwaves and landslides have all left their mark on the Pacific island nation this summer. Then, only days after a record-setting typhoon, another earthquake shook Japan.

Residents of Hokkaido woke in the early morning to the 6.7 magnitude quake on September 5, 2018. The island was left without electricity as massive landslides buried homes and destroyed infrastructure. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has provided a total of US$410,000 to assist with the relief efforts in the wake of these disasters.

Local Lions understand that the government and Japan’s Self Defense Force will provide immediate emergency support more efficiently, so they will focus instead on long-term community rebuilding and recovery. Planning is already underway for how Lions will assist their neighborhoods and their country in the coming weeks, months and years.

Did you know that a US$100 donation can provide essentials such as food, water, and shelter to four people in the wake of a natural disaster?

Lions in a pickup truck Japan deliver critical supplies after a disaster, summer 2018.

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster relief fund today so that important work, like that taking place in Japan, can continue.

Visit to learn how Campaign 100 will deeply engage in disaster relief efforts and in preparing for, and responding to, natural disasters whenever and wherever they strike.


Viisi tapaa, joilla voi parantaa palvelua

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Tutustu uuteen verkkosivustoomme

Uudet verkkosivut ovat pian täällä! Ne on suunniteltu parantamaan kaikkien nykyisten ja potentiaalisten lionien jäsenyyskokemusta. Verkkosivut ovat tärkeä osa lionien ja klubien kokemusta ja olemme erittäin ylpeitä kun saamme ottaa käyttöön sivuston, joka on tulosta vuosien tutkimuksesta ja kehittämisestä – olemme kuunnelleet jäsenten ja klubien toiveita ja tarpeita, jotka on otettu huomioon hyödyllisillä tavoilla.

Miten nämä uudet verkkosivut voivat auttaa teitä laajentamaan palveluanne? Katsotaan tarkemmin!

1. Palvelualusta

Lions Clubs International on laatinut käyttövalmiit ja monipuoliset projektisuunnitelmat. Palvelualusta opastaa muutaman yksinkertaisen kysymyksen kautta, jotta löydätte teille sopivimman projektin, joka tukee yhtä viidestä maailmanlaajuisesta kohteestamme: diabetes, nälän helpottaminen, näkökyky, lapsuusiän syöpä ja ympäristö.

2. Resurssikeskus

Lionit ovat vuosien kuluessa tuottaneet monia hienoja resursseja kuten oppaita, esitelmiä, mediaa ja paljon muuta. Haluamme auttaa jäseniä löytämään nämä resurssit helposti ja nopeasti ja sen vuoksi sivustolla on hyvä hakuohjelma nimeltään Resurssikeskus. Resurssit löytyvät helposti kirjoittamalla hakusanan hakulaatikkoon. Listalta voit muokata hakuehtoja.

3. Klubihaku

Klubeja on yli 48 000 ja lionien palvelu kattaa paikkakuntia lähellä ja kaukana. Uudella verkkosivulla potentiaaliset lionit ja nykyiset lionit voivat etsiä klubeja kirjoittamalla sijainnin tai avainsanan klubihakuun. Klubihaku on täysin integroitu MyLion™ -sovelluksen kanssa, joten klubit jotka käyttävät MyLion™ -sovellusta voivat näyttää niiden tiedot, valokuvia ja tulevat projektit potentiaalisille jäsenille.

4. Enemmän tarinoita

Lionsklubit ovat palvelun eturivissä lukemattomilla paikkakunnilla kaikkialla maailmassa. Nyt on aika esitellä näitä tarinoita entistä näkyvämmin ja jakaa ne koko maailmalle. Yksi uuden verkkosivuston pääkohdista on nimenomaan tämä – esitellä lionien tarinoita monin eri tavoin blogien, valokuvien ja videoiden kautta. Näiden uskomattomien palvelutarinoiden jakaminen näyttää potentiaalisille jäsenille mitä me teemme, mutta sen lisäksi ne innostavat lioneita inspiroimaan toisiaan ja tuntemaan ylpeyttä kaikesta siitä mitä me lähes 1,5 miljoonaa jäsentä saamme aikaan.

5. Lahjoitukset helposti

Lions Clubs Internationalin säätiö tukee lionien palvelua sen myöntämillä apurahoilla, joilla tuetaan humanitaarisia projekteja eri puolilla maailmaa. Näiden projektien rahoittamiseen tarvitaan lionien ja potentiaalisten lionien lahjoituksia joka vuosi, jotta pystymme auttamaan mahdollisimman monia ihmisiä. Lahjoituksen tekeminen on tehty mahdollisimman helpoksi verkkosivulla. Olemme lisänneet ”Lahjoita” -painikkeen jokaisen sivun yläosaan, jotta kaikki verkkosivulla käyvät tietävät, että he voivat tukea meidän tärkeää työtämme.

Tämä on paras mahdollinen aika olla lion

Vaikka verkkosivusto näyttää erilaiselta kuin aikaisemmin, lionien tekemä hyvä työ pysyy samana. Uuden sivuston tavoite on yksinkertainen: tarjota jäsenille erinomaisen jäsenyyskokemuksen, joka on sekä upea että hyödyllinen – ja samalla kerromme koko maailmalle keitä me olemme, mitä me teemme ja miten he voivat liittyä mukaan.



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全面的に刷新した協会ウェブサイトの公開は間近です! 会員にとっても会員候補者にとっても、より使い心地のいいサイトになっています。協会ウェブサイトは、ライオンズおよびクラブの体験にとって不可欠な部分です。数年にわたる調査・開発の成果として、非常に満足できるサイトを公開できることになったと自負しております。会員とクラブの要望やニーズに耳を傾け、それを役立つ形で取り入れました。

さて、新ウェブサイトは具体的に奉仕をどう充実させてくれるのでしょうか? さっそく見てみましょう!

1. 奉仕ローンチパッド


2.  リソースセンター


3. クラブ検索


4. 充実したストーリーテリング








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