LCIF Awards 12 Disaster Relief and Emergency Grants, November 2015

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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). Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.

In November 2015, LCIF awarded 12 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$95,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Brazil, District LD-4
$10,000 for flood relief

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

India, District 323-A3
$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A1
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 324-A4
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 324-A5
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India, District 324-A6

$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 324-A8

$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 316-H
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District MD-324
$20,000 for flood relief

Australia, District 201-W2
$10,000 for fire relief

India, District 324-B4
$5,000 for flood relief


Peach Bowl

Lions Club International to Sponsor Peach Bowl Parade

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Lions Clubs International is excited to announce that we will be the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Peach Bowl parade in Atlanta, Georgia. The Peach Bowl was founded in 1968 as a way to raise money for the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, a statewide provider of comprehensive vision and hearing services to underinsured Georgians.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade presented by Lions Clubs International will take place on December 31. The parade, which marches through downtown Atlanta and ends at the Georgia Dome, will be led by First Vice President, Chancellor Bob Corlew.

“Lions have a tradition with the Peach Bowl, and we are proud to continue that tradition,” said VP Corlew.

Georgia Lions Lighthouse will also conduct vision screenings for fans at the FanFest event on December 31 and to students in Atlanta public elementary schools over the next several months.

Along with the partnership, Peach Bowl, Inc. has committed to donating $50,000 to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. To date, Peach Bowl Cares has provided more than $500,000 to the Lighthouse programs, which help provide vision and hearing screenings to Georgians.

“Our long-standing relationship with the Peach Bowl has really been a blessing to the Lighthouse and has helped us provide so many necessary services for underserved Georgians,” said Roberta Green, Executive Director of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. “Our legacy with the Peach Bowl has allowed thousands of adults to live independent lives and children to thrive and learn in schools. We are proud of our legacy together and look forward to our opportunities for service in the years to come.”

The Peach Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 31. Watch the Florida Seminoles and Houston Cougars compete for the George P. Crumbley Trophy, named after Lion George Crumbley, Jr., the founding “Father of the Peach Bowl.”

December 2015 LION Magazine

In the December LION Magazine…

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Jolly Joggers

In the special December photo edition of LION Magazine, find inspiring, moving and entertaining photos that capture the spirit of “We Serve.”

  • Feel the joy of a happy camper on his way to the closing ceremony at the Texas Lions Camp.
  • See the exhilaration of participants receiving their refreshing reward in the Canton Lions’ Bridges Mud Run in North Carolina.
  • Enjoy the vibrant colors of service in full bloom with the Alchi Nanohana Lions in Japan.
  • Sense the gratitude of a Nepalese villager on the road to recovery after the earthquake, thanks to Multiple District 300 Taiwan Lions.

In the Digital LION, peruse the special December editions from the last seven years.

Visit to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine. Download the app to read the LION on your android tablet or iPad.

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Leo to Lion Spotlight: Elizabeth Eberhardt

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The Leo to Lion Spotlight will feature former Leos who have chosen to continue serving their communities as Lions to inspire other Leos to follow in their footsteps and join a Lions club. Elizabeth has been a Leo Lion member of the Oak Creek Lions club in Wisconsin for three years.

  1. How many years were you a Leo, and which club were you in?

I was a member of the Oak Creek Leo club for 10 years, since I was 13 years old. Our Leo club was very active and had members from multiple communities, it was good to see the diversity.

  1. What made you decide to become a Lion?

Family. My grandma brought Lionism to our family since before I was born and then my dad joined when I was 5 years old. It is in my blood. The Lions are my extended family. I couldn’t imagine not joining a Lions club.

  1. What is the best thing about being a Lion?

Helping others and volunteering on the many projects. My club is a rather large club with many opportunities to fit all age ranges and interests. This allows me to help the community in many different areas. I love seeing the smiles on the faces of those we help. From breakfast with Santa and Christmas caroling in an assisted living home, to blood drives and eye tissue transports, we help the community one person at a time. We make a difference.

  1. Do you have any advice for other Leos thinking about becoming a Lion?

Do it! It is an amazing community of support and caring. Lions not only help the community but they help each other. I would not trade it for the world.

Visit our website to learn more about becoming a Lion. If you are a former Leo and would like to be featured in the Leo to Lion Spotlight, please email us at


Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions are Making a Difference

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Dear Lions,

No matter where you live, you have probably heard about the refugee situation in Europe. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and make their way into Europe. They are leaving Syria, Kosovo, Afghanistan and several other countries, usually on foot and carrying what few possessions they still have. They are searching for a place to call home, where they can safely raise their families. Many of them are crowded into camps, lacking adequate food, water and medical supplies.

This is where Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions can help. LCIF has approved US$200,000 to help Lions address the needs of refugees in host countries. The Lions of Sweden and Turkey are already hard at work providing relief materials to refugees near the Greece/Turkey border. The Lions of District 118-E have received a grant for refugee assistance, with which they plan to establish a school for refugee children and support the nutrition and hygiene needs of 100 families for two months.

Lions in Europe and the Middle East recently met to share stories, resources and ideas for helping the refugees. There is also a steering committee to help coordinate efforts. Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund so Lions in the affected areas can help where help is needed most.

If your District or Multiple District is interested in aiding refugees, you can contact LCIF to find out how to request funds for local relief projects through a pilot grant program.

Thank you for your dedication to improving lives of people all over the world.


Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Click here to read the rest of the November LCIF newsletter.


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