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Dec
8

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
Dec
8

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 lionmagazine.org 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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Dec
7

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 leo2lion@lionsclubs.org.

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Dec
6

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.

Sincerely,

Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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

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Dec
3

Mission: Inclusion—A Partnership in Motion!

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In November 2015, the Special Olympics–Lions Clubs International “Mission: Inclusion” partnership platform witnessed an historical moment in Lilongwe, Malawi.  As part of a District 412 celebration, an official ceremony was held to deliver a co-branded vehicle to be used by Special Olympics and the Lions Clubs of Malawi to support outreach and services for Special Olympics athletes throughout the country.  The vehicle serves as a visual reminder of the growing partnership between Special Olympics and the Lions Clubs of Malawi.

As the global community celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 2015, the vehicle also serves as an example of the commitment of both groups to expand their service reach for one of the most isolated populations in the world today – children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“The vast majority of our country is rural,” said Peter Mazunda, Chairman of Special Olympics Malawi.  “In order for us to reach many of our athletes, we must traverse many kilometers into the interior of the country, sometimes in very isolated communities.”

In support of the partnership in Malawi, Lions Clubs International mobilized interested Clubs to contribute to the purchase of the vehicle.

“When the idea was shared with me, I knew the impact it would have,” said Peter.  “The ability for Special Olympics Malawi, and the Lions Clubs, to effectively transport technical sports equipment, health supplies and equipment, and more into the interior of the country represented a significant innovation for our program, and through this, a strong impact on our athletes.”

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The vehicle was made possible by many leaders from the Lions Clubs International global community, connecting Clubs from throughout the world in a common purpose for individuals with intellectual disabilities across Malawi.

Special thanks go to:

  • Tony Moore and Peter McGhee, of the Inner-Sydney West Champions Lions Club in Australia, who inspired the Australian Clubs to contribute, thereby creating a strong ripple effect;
  • Arturo Carrio, Maria Gomez, Luis Martinez and Gonzalo Ramos of the Lions Clubs of Spain;
  • Ken Ibarra and Amy Fink in the northern California Bay Area Special Olympics Club;
  • Ron Copley, one of the pioneers of the Champions Club model from Los Angeles, who inspired the Lions of Southern California to contribute;
  • The Washington, DC, Special Olympics Lions Club and the newly-formed Capitol Hill Lions Club of Washington, DC;
  • The Lions Clubs of Malaysia under the leadership of PCC Simon Koh,
  • And individual Lions from US States like Connecticut, Kentucky, all of whom helped make the project and purchase a great success.

Special Olympics Malawi and the Lions of District 412 have shared a vibrant national partnership since 2013, formalized under then District Governor Clement Ndala.  The two groups continue to collaborate closely on exciting partnership programs such as Opening Eyes vision screenings, Unified Sports inclusive sports programming, family health education seminars, athlete leadership initiatives, and much more.

“We are committed to using the International Day of Disability as a key date to promote our work, and moreover, to promote the need for more partnership to affect change for our athletes,” said Peter Mazunda.  “The vehicle is a perfect example of how the Lions Clubs, both near and far, have answered the call of our athletes, and we are indeed excited to put this vehicle into motion!”

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a guest post by David Evangelista, Vice President of Global Development and Government Relations at Special Olympics International. 

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