Oct
6

Lions Kick Off World Sight Day

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October 9 marks the 17th annual World Sight Day. To celebrate, Lions around the world are focusing their attention on eliminating causes of preventable blindness and improving sight with special vision-related service projects throughout the entire month of October.

This year, International President Joe Preston will meet with Lions in Iceland to present medical equipment purchased through a US$70,000 SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to the Department of Ophthalmology at Landspítali – the National University Hospital of Iceland.

The donated medical equipment will help identify childhood vision disorders at an earlier stage than previously possible and will help save the sight of children throughout Iceland.

“Lions Clubs International has championed the blind and visually impaired for decades,” said Lions International President Joe Preston. “Lions World Sight Day is an opportunity to reflect on our achievements as we continue our commitment to the fight against preventable blindness.”

In observance of World Sight Day, Lions and LCIF partner Johnson & Johnson Vision Care are also expanding Sight for Kids – a vision screening initiative designed to protect the sight of children – to Europe and Africa for the first time since the program’s creation.

From Iceland to Turkey and Kenya and back, track Lions’ World Sight Day activities this week as we move toward our goal of eliminating preventable blindness. Follow Lions Clubs International and Johnson & Johnson on Facebook and Twitter at @lionsclubs and @JJVCglobal for complete coverage of this life-changing celebration

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Oct
5

Gaining Skills That Will Last a Lifetime

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Marvin Hoffman, a 9th grade student at Martin Niemoller School in Reinstadt, Germany, deals with the same challenges that millions of teenagers around the world face every day. With bullying in school and unresolved conflicts occurring among students, his school did not always create a constructive and safe learning environment that all students deserve.

A chance to break the cycle

The school began working with local Lions five years ago to implement Lions Quest, a kindergarten through 12th grade positive youth development and prevention program that unites the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people of strong character. Lions Quest helps students grow into solid citizens as they learn how to make responsible decisions, communicate effectively, find solutions to bullying in school, and avoid drugs and violence.

More than 13 million young people have taken part in a Lions Quest classroom in 85 countries, and more than 550,000 educators and other adults have been trained to implement the programs in schools and community settings. Lions Quest celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009.

Opening hearts and minds for positive change

Since implementing Lions Quest, Hoffman’s school has seen remarkable improvements. Students in his class used skills they learned through Lions Quest to implement a solution to defuse a bullying situation with students from another school. “Lions Quest has taught me to talk to my teacher about problems I face. And that it’s okay to confide in others,” said Hoffman.

“The students have far fewer conflicts in general…and if they do have disagreements, they are now in a better position to handle them and find solutions for them,” said school social worker Joachim Horn. With a healthier and happier student climate, there is now virtually no bullying at the school.

- See more at: http://www.lcif.org/EN/our-impact/youth-stories/marvin-germany.php#sthash.vjRF3wi1.dpuf

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Oct
3

Coastal Cleanup Day

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Today’s guest post, from the “Green Lions Guild” of District 4-C2, is about the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day held on Saturday, September 20th, 2014. Photos from the event can be seen here. Beach Cleanups work towards one of our Centennial Service Challenge goals of serving 25 million people by Protecting our Environment.  Use the hashtags #Lionsenvironment and #Lionsbeachcleanup when posting your environment/beach cleanup projects on social media. Be sure to record your activities in MyLCI!

When the “Team Jenner” van pulled out from Roseland, Santa Rosa to North Jenner Beach for the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, newly appointed Environmental Committee Chair Evelina Molina envisioned the day of environmental service as the inaugural event for District 4-C2′s Green Lions Guild. It was a diverse team- composed of Tail Twister Lion Daniel Kerbein and Evelina Molina of the Roseland Lions Club, Sabrina Roncancio 2nd VP of Santa Rosa Host (accompanied by her boyfriend) and Global Membership Team district coordinator Sandra Stevens, along with longtime Roseland residents Magda Retamoza, Abelardo Mendoza and Felix Reyes looking to become part of Northern California’s first Spanish-language Lions chapter. Evelina shares that, Team Jenner was aimed at building Latino involvement in both the cleanup efforts and Lions club activities. “It is important for me to get members of my community out here. They need to be an integral part of protection of the environment (as we should all) and one great way is to do it in service as Lions.”

Fun, a group effort, a clean beach, and even an unforgettable education about the history of coastal protection in Sonoma County and California, provided by Bill Kortum, a Sierra Club veteran and person of influence in the establishment of the Coastal Commission and Coast Walk, welcomed the LCI Green Lions Guild, Team Jenner, as the upcoming generation of coast defenders.

A story published in the Sunday edition of the Press Democrat can be found at the link below:

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2863500-181/history-lesson-accompanies-coastal-cleanup#page=1

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Oct
2

LCIF Microenterprise Grant Pilot Program Now Available

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microenterprise [800x600]Through a new Lions Clubs International Foundation microenterprise development pilot program, LCIF and Lions can provide support to people living in poverty in developing countries. Funding through the pilot program supports small business entrepreneurs through working capital, the purchase of inventory, supplies, furniture, fixtures, machinery or equipment needed to establish or expand a business.

Funding is available in amounts of US$10,000 to US$100,000. Only Lions Districts or Multiple Districts may apply, and must partner with a reputable micro-lending organization.

You can download the form online, or contact LCIF’s Humanitarian Programs department to learn more about the pilot program process.

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2

Read the October LION Magazine

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In the October LION, find a photo-filled recap of the Toronto International Convention, learn what’s in store for LCI’s centennial and find out what motivates some extraordinary Lions.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, find videos from the international convention and transcripts from speeches, meet the new international directors and view International Contest results.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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