The January 2014 issue of Lions Quarterly includes a segment that features Lions in Wisconsin and their first-ever statewide project. The Stuff the Bus project collects school supplies and books for students — helping local children get ready and get excited for school. More than 75 Lions clubs worked together with their families, friends and community members to collect nearly US$150,000 worth of school supplies.
Watch the video above to learn more about the project, and see how Lions used local media outlets and Facebook to get the word out.
How does your Lions club help students in your community?
When you organize a Lions club service activity that is meaningful to your community, you can make a more significant impact on the people you serve. Whether you’re just getting started or your club is in need of a fresh plan of action, here are some steps to help guide you through the process of organizing a meaningful, effective service project.
Ask your club members the following questions:
Following the discussion, identify and rank the top five features and top five improvements to consider.
Further discuss possible projects and identify three to five club opportunities. Set up task forces, or committees, to research each project further. Task force members should collect ideas for implementation, discuss possible action steps and recruit interested Lions.
Make the necessary contacts in the community to find out more about your opportunity, and consider asking the following questions:
Communicate with your contacts closely and remember to keep an open mind!
Develop a written plan that includes goals and objectives, time frame, and people and resources needed.
Involve your members and reward their successes along the way. Include progress reports in club newsletters and meetings. When the project is complete, take a moment to review the actions, including what worked and what didn’t work, and identify ways to improve for the next project.
Do you have any tips, success stories or ideas for planning a meaningful service activity project? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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Dear Lions Family,
Celebrate Family and Friends Month in April by taking part in the Lions World Lunch Relay on April 4th. It’s a 24-hour international event that brings families and friends of Lions together in their local communities with families and friends of Lions around the world. Don’t miss this special day of food, family and fun!
Join the Lions World Lunch Relay today!
1) Register your lunch event – Share the time and location for your lunch.
2) Plan your lunch event – Choose a location and menu that’s good for you.
3) Celebrate your event – Take photos and share the fun through social media.
There are special contests for registered clubs. Don’t miss this special day of food, family and fun! Register your club today!
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