The Annual State of Service Report provides an overview of the impact Lions are making in providing service to their communities. In 2011-2012, Lions from around the world worked to address some of the most pressing issues facing our global community, including disaster preparedness and relief, health and wellness, and environmental sustainability.
Highlights from the 2011-12 Report:
No matter how big or small, the volunteer work that your Lions club puts into the community is making an impact and changing lives. Read the entire 2011-12 Annual State of Service Report here.
What was your favorite service activity from 2011-2012?
The June LION is hot off the press! In this issue, follow the inspiring diary of a Lion who rode a bike coast to coast last summer to raise funds for Leader Dogs. Also, find out how Lions are supporting our troops through their involvement with the USO and how a club is staying strong in a small Wyoming town.
Also in this issue:
Plus, in the Digital LION only, watch videos made by the Reading Action Program rap video contest finalists and a video about how Lions run, walk and ride to benefit others.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
The latest edition of Lions Quarterly features a segment about Lions in Indonesia who have dedicated years helping an entire community out of poverty. Lions helped provide clean water to improve the village’s health and sanitation. They also set up education programs, including a literacy class for women and a preschool for children.
Watch the video above to learn how Lions helped Monas Village in Indonesia.
What community service projects does your club organize to address poverty in your area?
We asked, and you answered! Here are Lions’ responses to the question:
What suggestions do you have for improving your club meetings?
“Have an agenda / schedule, and follow it. Being organized is key to any meeting.
Listen while others are talking and take turns speaking.
Be respectful of others in the room.
Have guest speakers and visitors whenever possible.
Make the meetings fun and interesting. Your members should WANT to come and participate.”
- Sean Burke, Nevada, USA
“Make them short, cut out the pomp, add humor and involve your guests – most importantly cut out abbreviations and explain to any potential members or guests not in the know what things are within the organization – seems to work for us in Littleport!”
- Donna Cross, Witchford Village College
“A lot more community projects, making sure you have something for all ages in your club to be involved. Big smiles and a warm heart.”
- Susan Osburn Jaggers, Portland Community College
“[Organize a] phone tree to remind members to attend, especially those who have been MIA. Have a program, an agenda and keep the meeting on course.”
- Yvonne Kantola, California, USA
“Invite members of your Leo club along to present a report on their club activities. This makes for a very interesting and inspirational evening.”
- Lions Club Samford QLD, Queensland, Australia
“Encouraging new ideas and new approaches can widen the interest in Lions Clubs and in how meetings conduct themselves. If we adjust how meetings are conducted it can help in reaching to other demographics in society for instance simply, alternating or varying the venue of meetings, the structure of the meeting and even consider the time. A webpage, Facebook or Twitter update on a meeting can help. Maybe trying to host a meeting online with a public front/access to share and join in.”
- Cardiff Lions Club, United Kingdom
Do you have any tips for improving club meetings?
The Lions Clubs International Online Convention is now LIVE! Visit the Online Convention for news and updates from the 96th Lions International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.
Highlights before the convention (June 1-July 4, 2013)
Highlights during convention week (July 5-9, 2013)
Are you going to the convention in Hamburg this year? Tell us what you’re most excited about!
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