Lions Clubs International
May
22

2014 Environmental Photo Contest Finalists

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Each year, the Lions Environmental Photo Contest gives the Lions the opportunity to portray — through the lens of a camera — their commitment to protecting and preserving the earth’s natural beauty. The 2014 finalist photos are now on the LCI Pinterest page.

This year’s categories include:

  • Animal life
  • Plant life
  • Urban or natural landscape
  • Weather phenomenon
  • Special theme: A dream for a healthy environment – Seeing the beauty and value of our natural environment for today and tomorrow.

Lions can vote for their favorite photos at the 2014 International Convention in Toronto, July 4-8. Winners will be announced at convention and displayed on the LCI website, and the winning photographers will receive a special award.

How does your Lions club show your commitment to the environment?

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Lions Clubs International
May
21

Palmer’s Blog: LCI Staff Appreciation

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G’day from Lions Clubs International Headquarters! On Monday, I had the opportunity to say thank you to the wonderful staff here at HQ, who work so hard year-round to ensure Lions have the resources they need to serve their communities. We held a lovely Staff Appreciation Lunch, and I was able to honor several individuals for their exceptional work for Lions. They are behind the scenes every day, helping Lions everywhere follow their dreams and make a difference in communities worldwide.

Right now, staff is gearing up for convention in Toronto — it’ll be here before you know it! Stay up to date at Facebook.com/LCICon.

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May
20

Out of the Rubble, Hope for the Future

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Renande Pierre-Louis remembers the afternoon as if it was yesterday. That day changed everything for her, her family and country. Just before 5 p.m. on January 12, 2010, Pierre-Louis, along with millions of other Haitians in Port-au-Prince, ran for their lives. As homes, schools and hotels crumbled before their very eyes, all people could do was struggle to survive. “Our home was completely destroyed by the earthquake, it was unlivable,” said Pierre-Louis.

A reason to hope

There is a long road ahead in restoring this devastated nation. Yet through the promise of Lions and LCIF to rebuild lives and communities in Haiti, Pierre-Louis and her family now have hope moving forward. They were able to move into a newly-constructed home, part of a project that is providing provisional houses for 600 families currently residing in Lions’ tent cities.

This is the first major project using resources from LCIF’s Haiti Earthquake fund that totals more than US$6.1 million in donations from Lions worldwide. To provide the homes, LCIF is working with HELP, a German organization with a 30-year history of providing humanitarian assistance.

Not forgotten

Lions are dedicated to providing hope and relief to victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake for years to come and will be constructing homes and hospitals, redeveloping the eye care delivery system and providing help for the disabled. New projects are underway, such as the rebuilding of the National Nurses School of Port-au-Prince and partnering with HumiTerra International to construct a medical center to bring together medical expertise, training and medical supplies to the people of Haiti. LCIF remains committed to rebuilding Haiti and helping people like Pierre-Louis and her family meet their most basic needs so they can have a better future.

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May
20

LQ: Lions Help Musicians in New Orleans

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The Uptown Lions Club is the first new club club chartered in New Orleans in 35 years. The club’s mission is simple: to help provide New Orleans musicians with access to affordable health care. While serving musicians may not be a traditional mission statement for other Lions around the world, it makes sense for the Uptown Lions because of the huge role that music plays in the culture and history of the New Orleans community. These Lions identified a need unique to their community and have set out to achieve their goals.

Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the Uptown Lions Club’s projects. Or, watch the entire April Lions Quarterly to see how Lions are making an impact around the world.

How does your Lions club address the specific needs of your community?

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May
19

From Active Duty to Active Lion

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Like many other young men and women, Robert Aguilar, Jr. became a U.S. Marine because he wanted to serve his country.

“I’ve always had a sense of duty and a desire to serve,” said Aguilar.

Now that Robert has left the military, he’s found a new way to serve – as a Lion. When Robert was invited to join the Seal Beach Lions Club in Seal Beach, California, he saw it as an opportunity to do some good in the community.

“What I really appreciate about Lions is being around so many people who are active in the community and who like to have a good time,” said Aguilar. “When there’s a sign-up sheet, everyone raises their hands. Everyone is eager to help. I’ve been in situations where you have to beg people to help, but not here.”Robert Aguilar Jr_suit

Robert has seen the can-do attitude of his fellow Lions. Recently, the Seal Beach Lions Club was hosting a car-show fundraiser when strong winds knocked down their booth in the middle of the night, but Lions quickly responded by rebuilding it before dawn to make sure the event was a success.

Although Robert hasn’t been a Lion for long, he has seen enough to know that he’s found the right place for himself, and for other veterans who want to get involved in their community.

“I think Lions is a great fit for veterans who have a sense of duty and a desire to serve. It’s not only a humanitarian group, it’s a social group,” said Aguilar. “I would recommend Lions clubs to any veterans who want to be part of something special when they return home.”

Don’t wait…invite a veteran to join your club today!

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