Jan
14

Celebrating 30 Years of Peace

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In 1988, Lions Clubs International created the Peace Poster Contest as a way for young people to creatively express their visions of peace and allow them to share these visions with the world.

Over the last 30 years Lions clubs around the world have sponsored Peace Poster contests and helped promote peace and change lives. Each year one grand prize winner is chosen from an average of 600,000 entries! The grand prize winner receives a trip to an award ceremony where they receive a cash award of US$5,000 and an award. For some participants this award is truly life-changing.

Along with the grand prize winner, 23 merit award winners each receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement. All 24 of the finalists have their artwork displayed at our International Convention. Each year when Lions gather from around the world they are able to see the talent, idealism and optimism of the young artists.

Our winners have come from all over the world. While the participants don’t all speak the same language, their art works show they all have a beautiful understanding of what peace looks like.

This year as we celebrate 30 years of promoting peace, we encourage all Lions clubs to sponsor a Peace Poster contest for the youth in their area. Learn more on the website.

Jan
13

Touchstone Story: Diabetes Awareness

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When International President Sten Akestam wanted to help raise awareness about diabetes, he turned to one of the most influential women in the world for help: Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist Ann Landers.

For decades, her syndicated column, “Ask Ann Landers,” helped readers tackle every human problem imaginable. Millions flipped through their newspapers each morning to read Landers’ thoughts on parent-child relationships, disputes with neighbors, moral quandaries, health problems and the feelings of the lovelorn. If Lions could get a letter about diabetes printed in Landers’ column, they could quickly reach a wide audience with important information.

Akestam, who served as international president from 1986 to 1987, wrote to Landers, explaining the risk factors, warning signs and consequences of diabetes—one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults in industrialized counties. “Please print this letter,” he wrote. “Millions of people need to see it, and if it runs in your column, they will.”

Akestam explained that Lions worldwide were involved with diabetes screening. Readers who wanted additional information about the disease or screenings could call their local Lions club or Lions Clubs International headquarters.

In January 1987, Akestam’s wish was granted. His letter and Landers’ response appeared in the more than 1,100 newspapers carrying her column. “I’m delighted to print it,” Landers wrote. “It will save lives. I hope you have a good number of trunks on that phone and many volunteers who are willing to answer it.”

Her advice to Akestam was spot-on. Lions headquarters received more than 1,000 phone calls asking for more information. Public interest was so high that headquarters printed thousands of brochures on diabetes and made them available to clubs.

Lions’ efforts to help control and treat diabetes and related complications, such as sight loss, have never ceased. Clubs host diabetes screenings in their communities, participate in annual events for diabetes awareness and raise funds for research and treatment. And with the number of people living with the disease estimated to grow to 592 million by 2035, the work of Lions will continue to be a vital part of preventing and treating diabetes.

Read the entire collection of Touchstone Stories at Lions100.org!

Jan
9

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

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John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)


Quality : HD
Title : John Wick: Chapter 2
Director : Chad Stahelski.
Writer :
Release : 2017-02-08
Language : English.
Runtime : 122 min.
Genre : Thriller, Action, Crime.

Synopsis :
Movie ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ was released in February 8, 2017 in genre Thriller. Chad Stahelski was directed this movie and starring by Keanu Reeves. This movie tell story about John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

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Jan
9

LCIF Awards Disaster Grants, December 2016

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) offers a variety of funding options to support various stages for disaster relief operations, including Disaster Preparedness, Emergency, Community Recovery and Major Catastrophe Grants.

For districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

In December 2016, LCIF awarded 12 emergency grants totaling US$95,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

North Carolina, USA, District 31-N
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Costa Rica, District D-4
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Italy, District 108-L
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Tennessee, USA, District 12-O
US$10,000 for tornado relief

Thailand, District 310-B
US$10,000 for flood relief

Indonesia, District 307-A2
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

India, District 324-A5
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A6
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A1
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

Zimbabwe, District 412
US$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
US$5,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 324-A8
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

Donate to LCIF

Jan
3

Touchstone Story: CARE

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The traditional 50th anniversary gift is something made of gold. However, for Lions Clubs International’s 50th anniversary in 1967 the Lions decided to give rather than receive.

In the 12 months leading up to the 1967 Golden Anniversary Convention, Lions around the world collected food, medicine and building supplies for communities in need in Central and South America. On July 4 of that year, the Lions-CARE Friend-Ship set out from Navy Pier in Chicago, Illinois, one of many ships funded by Lions Clubs International and CARE to carry the supplies donated and gathered for the Friend-Ship mission to ports in Guatemala and other locations in Central and South America..

The year 1967 marked the 10th anniversary of the partnership between Lions and the Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere (CARE). Originally established to rebuild Europe following World War II, CARE began working with Lions after the Korean War to distribute food to South Korean communities in need. The two organizations also built temporary tent-cities to house and feed refugees and families displaced by flooding of the Han River. As winter approached, CARE and the United States Lions worked with the Lions of Seoul, South Korea, to build new, permanent homes made of traditional ondol bricks.

Lions and CARE continued to work together, including raising funds for a mobile unit where volunteers could make and distribute hot meals to schools in poverty-stricken areas. Lions and CARE worked in Honduras, India, Greece, Panama and elsewhere around the world to build community centers, maintain medical schools and teach vocational skills to men and women who are blind.

The partnership between Lions Clubs International and CARE was built on a 50-year tradition of Lions serving communities in need at home and abroad. This tradition continues today. The year 1968 saw the creation of the Lions Clubs International Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting Lions’ worldwide mission to carry out essential humanitarian service projects. LCIF has expanded Lions Clubs International’s scope and ability to serve, offering grants for education and much-needed funds for emergency services and humanitarian missions. LCIF has built on Lions’ foundation of service ever since.

Read the entire collection of Touchstone Stories at Lions100.org!

 

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