Nov
10

Visit LCIF at the OSEAL Forum!

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Experience the impact of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) at this year’s OSEAL Forum from November 13 through November 16 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. This year’s forum seeks to “foster and imprint the spirit of ‘Tolerance.’

LCIF will have staff present who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several LCIF informational sessions:

→ On Saturday, November 15, learn about Lions Clubs International Foundation at the LCIF seminar from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Convensia 2F Premier Ballroom C.

→ Also on Saturday, November 15, LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will thank and recognize donors who are present at the forum during a congratulatory speech at the Thailand Reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Grand Ballroom 3 in the headquarters hotel. The Chairperson will also share updates on the many different programs of the Foundation.

The OSEAL region has always been very generous in donations towards LCIF, including to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. This occasion gives the Foundation an extra opportunity to say a big thank you for supporting LCIF.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the ISAAME Forum in the upcoming weeks.

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Nov
10

Sharing the Vision in India

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In line with the Centennial Service Challenge, the Guwahati Metro Lions Club of India organized a program called “Mission Kidz Vision.” They have set up camps at a couple of different schools where they are testing the students for vision problems. Nearly 26% of the students tested were found with refraction errors. These students were then provided with free eye glasses. The goal of the Guwahati Metro Lions is, not only to detect vision problems early, but to be able to examine a total of 3,000 students by the end of this Lionistic year.IMG_5059This Sharing the Vision project helps benefit our own special goal of serving 10 million children with eye care. Lions everywhere are participating in the Centennial Service Challenge by organizing youth, vision, health and environmental projects to serve 100 million people by 2017. In order for us to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask Lions to record their activities on MyLCI. Don’t forget to post pictures of your projects on Facebook and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.

What type of vision projects is your club doing?

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Nov
7

Sharing a Common Bond and Commitment to Service

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Lions of the San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Lions Club (USA) share more than just a commitment to serving their community; many of their members have also served their country. Their common bond and shared passion for service led them to charter this special club to serve the needs of veterans and their family members.

The club performs many valuable services in the community, but it places a special focus on serving veterans. Members volunteer at the local V.A. hospital, help veterans in homeless shelters find jobs, and provide transportation to veterans when needed.

Lions of the Bay Area Veterans Club recommend promoting membership to all veterans because of the benefits of being a Lion, which:

  • Gives them a feeling of belonging to something bigger than themselves again
  • Gives them the satisfaction of giving back to others
  • Opens the door to opportunities to collaborate with other organizations
  • Helps them become more confident people

Charter a special interest club in your area or invite a veteran to join your club today!

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Nov
6

LCIF Provides 11 Emergency Grants in October 2014

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

In October 2014, LCIF provided 11 emergency grants totaling US$102,000.

These grants are helping meet immediate needs in:

Peru, District H-2
$10,000 for earthquake relief

Brazil, District LC-4
$10,000 for windstorm relief

Italy, District 108-IA2
$10,000 for flood relief

France, District 103-SE
$10,000 for flood relief

Italy, District 108-LA
$10,000 for flood relief

Arkansas, USA, District 7-N
$8,500 for disaster preparedness

Arkansas, USA, District 7-O
$8,500 for disaster preparedness

Brazil, District LB-1
$5,000 for windstorm relief

Brazil, District LD-1
$10,000 for hailstorm relief

Colombia, District F-4
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-C2
$10,000 for landslide relief

* Emergency grants listed by date approved.

At the heart of LCIF’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach. Learn more about grants recently awarded and the LCIF emergency grant program on the LCIF website. Or, you can learn about making a donation to assist with global disaster relief efforts.

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Nov
6

Lions Reforest in the Philippines

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Today’s guest blog features an environmental project organized by the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club from the Philippines. Follow them on Facebook to see more pictures from their recent projects.

The Ormoc Supreme Lions Club together with the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club and the Ormoc Supreme Leo Club started the Preservation and Re-tree Planting Program of the protected forest badly hit by super-typhoon Haiyan at Lake Danao National Park, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines on October 18, 2014.

The forest of Lake Danao is home to rare and severely endangered animals and plants. The hornbill nests in tree hollows and depends on old trees in the forests to survive. After the super-typhoon many trees were cut-down and endangered plants and animals died because of the strong winds cause by typhoon. Without the protection of the trees, the landscape will be completely vulnerable to future natural catastrophes. That has put the local biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of residents at risk. That’s why rebuilding and forest protection are at the heart of efforts to revive the area.IMG_9170We decided to protect, rebuild, reforest and adopt the area. As a start of this program, we planted 500 Shorea (Lawa-an) trees on hill slopes to stabilize the soil, reduce erosion and the impact of storms. We adopted the area as our Tree Planting Area for the whole Lion Year and may extend for Lion Years to come. Through this activity, our goal is to rebuild the forest, preserve the protected national park and protect the forest’s rich biodiversity so that the endangered trees and animal species will begin to flourish again. This program is part of our participation of the Centennial Service ChallengeProtecting Our Environment—and part of our World Service Day for a whole Lion Year program.

Environmental projects, such as this, count towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. In order to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask that you record your activities on MyLCI. We encourage Lions to post your project pictures on your club’s Facebook page and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so other clubs can see the impact you’re making in your community.

Keep up the good work, Lions. #We Serve!

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