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Message from the Chairperson: We Can Grow Our Foundation

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Dear Lions,SOball

I recently attended the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. I learned the power of giving all athletes the opportunity to compete and the importance of inclusion. Watching them in action showed me that these athletes really blossom when given encouragement and opportunity.

I am so proud of the Lions of California for all of their volunteer efforts for the Healthy Athletes screenings, just like all of the other Lions around the world who have been instrumental in games and screening events over the last 14 years. I am also very thankful for the hospitality of our partners at Special Olympics.

Partnerships like this extend the reach of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), serving more people than any one Lions club could serve alone. That is why it is so important that we continue to grow and expand LCIF.

I promoted Ask One for membership last year, but that idea also applies to LCIF. This is OUR foundation. Every one of us is responsible for its growth and success. We need to make sure every Lion knows about our foundation.

I challenge each of you to ask one Lion to make a gift to LCIF this year. We are our own biggest advocates! Speak to your fellow Lions about what LCIF means to you and the impact it makes on millions of lives around the world every year.


Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

See the rest of the October 2015 LCIF e-newsletter here.



Video: Diabetes Awareness and Projects

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In this live stream, LCI staff shared information about the global burden of diabetes, suggestions for diabetes community projects, and funding opportunities for Lions.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day is November 14.  Diabetes has reached global epidemic proportions but there is much Lions can do to increase awareness and prevention.



Leo to Lion Spotlight: Pablo Romano

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Pablo Romano is a former Leo who has chosen to continue serving his community as a Lion in the Long Island City – Astoria Lions Club (New York, USA). Pablo has helped grow membership by chartering many new Leo and Lions clubs during his time as a Lion. Pablo currently serves as a New Club Development Consultant for LCI and is his club’s Leo Club Advisor.

If you are a former Leo and would like to be featured in the Leo to Lion Spotlight, please email us at



Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse

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Lions and Lions Club International (LCIF) are very active in the fight against trachoma. LCIF’s SightFirst program has awarded more than US$47 million to The Carter Center, a leader in combating trachoma. Since 1999, LCIF has awarded US$20.5 million for 26 trachoma control projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. Ethiopia alone has received more than US$7 million in funding since it is the most endemic country in the world for the disease.

“Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse,” a documentary feature film that follows Carter Center staff, global health partners, and Lion and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter engaged in a comprehensive strategy to eliminate blinding trachoma in Ethiopia, is airing on American Public Television stations nationwide.

Air Dates/Locations:

Los Angeles (KCET)
Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. on KCETLINK

San Antonio (KLRN)
Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. on main
Oct. 29 at 1:30 a.m. on main

Albuquerque Portales (KENW)
Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.

Los Angeles (KVCR 2)
Oct. 22 at 9 p.m.

Indianapolis (WFYI)
Oct. 22 at 10 p.m.

San Francisco-Oak-San Jose, CA (KCSM)
Nov. 4 at 10 p.m.
Nov. 5 at 3 a.m.

Chicago (WYCC)
Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

Louisville, KY (WKMJ)
Nov. 17 at 4 a.m.

Visit for additional air dates and locations.

Lions Clubs International

Upcoming Webinar: Conflict Resolution

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Creating Collaboration from Difference

You are at a club meeting and a conflict arises. What is your first reaction — avoidance? Compromise?  Competition? We all experience conflict in our daily life and our Lions life. How we handle it can impact our Lions service and our well-being. The goal of this LCI Leadership Development Division webinar is to provide practical strategies to help Lions positively manage conflict within a Lions setting.

The webinar disarms the idea of conflict by discussing conflict’s common underlying causes, its benefits and five conflict management strategies. Collaboration, often the optimal choice, will be discussed in detail.

Case studies of actual Lions conflict scenarios are included. In addition, you will have the opportunity to consider your most common approach to conflict and the benefits of employing various strategies to achieve the best outcome for yourself and others.

You will not want to miss this webinar that will provide you with insight and tools to manage conflict at the club, district and all levels of Lions life.

To register for one of two sessions and download the webinar companion workbook, click:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 12:00pm (12 Noon) CST
Friday, November 6, 2015, 7:00pm (19:00) CDT

Webinar Companion Workbook


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