Lions Clubs International
Jan
22

Plan Meaningful Service Projects

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When you organize a Lions club service activity that is meaningful to your community, you can make a more significant impact on the people you serve. Whether you’re just getting started or your club is in need of a fresh plan of action, here are some steps to help guide you through the process of organizing a meaningful, effective service project.

Step #1: Make a list of possible programs.

Ask your club members the following questions:

  • What do you like about your community?
  • What do you want to improve in the community?
  • What kinds of skills, resources, people and funding is required for the improvements you want to make?

Following the discussion, identify and rank the top five features and top five improvements to consider.

Step #2: Appoint task forces.

Further discuss possible projects and identify three to five club opportunities. Set up task forces, or committees, to research each project further. Task force members should collect ideas for implementation, discuss possible action steps and recruit interested Lions.

Step #3: Conduct research.

Make the necessary contacts in the community to find out more about your opportunity, and consider asking the following questions:

  • Do you think this project will help the community?
  • How do you think the improvement could be made?
  • What resources do you have to help make the improvement?
  • Are there other needs you think the club should consider?

Communicate with your contacts closely and remember to keep an open mind!

Step #4: Write a plan.

Develop a written plan that includes goals and objectives, time frame, and people and resources needed.

Step #5: Implement the plan!

Involve your members and reward their successes along the way. Include progress reports in club newsletters and meetings. When the project is complete, take a moment to review the actions, including what worked and what didn’t work, and identify ways to improve for the next project.

Download the complete Guide to Club Project Development.

Do you have any tips, success stories or ideas for planning a meaningful service activity project? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Lions Clubs International
Jan
21

Your Feedback: Involving Family in Service

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We asked, and you answered!

Why do you think it’s important to involve your families in service?

  • Holly Golembiewski – My Dad inspired me to be a Lion. I remember him doing so much for the Lions club when I was young. I didn’t know what it was all about at the time, but as I got older, I learned about Lions and all the good they do for so many people, many of whom cannot do for themselves. It’s the most humble thing someone can do… I became a member when I was a freshman in college, and that was over 15 years ago. My Dad is a member over 33 years ago. It’s a family tradition.
  • Joanne Dye – All my girls have become volunteers because their parents have always been volunteers in our community. Parents set the example.
  • Alishia Goodridge – It allows your family to see you truly at work, serving someone outside of their basic & daily needs. The spirit of giving is contagious and allows friends & family that are not Lions to see the blessing of giving in its truest form.
  • Péter Koleszár – My father is founder of one of the oldest club in Hungary. I’m also member in a club. My wife member of an other club, and my children are on the best way to join to the Leos…
  • Parvathy Viswanath – When the family knows and attends our projects, they understand and appreciate why my Lions club is important to me. Their positive feeling and support helps us to work more for the cause.
  • Aaron De La Torre – Our 5 year old daughter has been helping with the customer service at our BBQ events since she was 3. I think it’s important to instill the values of community service in them young. It’s also a great way for them to spend half a day with their Lions friends and builds their confidence to speak to new people.
  • Nial Beaton – I have been in the Lions Family since age 12. I have grown and developed as a person because of my involvement. I would definetely encourage anyone, not only my kids, to serve . I am still a Lion after 22 years.
  • Bruce Brankle – My children learned that they really do have it better than a lot of other people. They have become caring, understanding adults, and I contribute a great deal of their success to the Lions Family that helped my wife and I to raise them. I didn’t fall into the Lions club, but was raised by parents that were active in the organization. This will likely become a generational experience as my children are now starting families of their own.
  • Vijish Nair – My dad and mom were both Lions when I was a kid. I was a regular attendee of all service projects — at that age it was a fun outing for me . However, as years passed by I became a Leo , and I understood how we can bring a change to the people near our locality through Lionism. Now that I am a Lion member and I have a kid, its really an awesome experience spreading smiles to the needy with our family.
  • North Hardin Lions Club – To set the example for your children and grandchildren. This will inspire them to want to make their communities and the world a better place to live. Also, it gives you another opportunity to bond with your family with all the distractions in our society today.

Join the conversation! Leave a comment below about the importance of involving family in your Lions club’s service activities.

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Jan
20

Register for the Lions World Lunch Relay!

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Dear Lions Family,

Celebrate Family and Friends Month in April by taking part in the Lions World Lunch Relay on April 4th. It’s a 24-hour international event that brings families and friends of Lions together in their local communities with families and friends of Lions around the world. Don’t miss this special day of food, family and fun!

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Join the Lions World Lunch Relay today!

 

1) Register your lunch event – Share the time and location for your lunch.
2) Plan your lunch event – Choose a location and menu that’s good for you.
3) Celebrate your event – Take photos and share the fun through social media.

There are special contests for registered clubs. Don’t miss this special day of food, family and fun! Register your club today!

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Lions Clubs International
Jan
17

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Bletchley Lions encourage community to fill shopping carts for the needy.
  • SPAIN: The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club stage performance of “West Side Story” to benefit the homeless and others in need.
  • MALAYSIA: Lions Club of Georgetown Mutiara District 308 B2 served hearty meals to 60 homeless and poor individuals as part of the Relieving the Hunger campaign.
  • AUSTRALIA: The Clare District Lions Club runs a camp for children with disabilities.
  • IOWA, USA: The Osage and St. Ansgar Lions Clubs conduct annual Iowa KidSight screenings for children in the area.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Jan
16

Social Media Tip: Instagram Videos

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Are you on Instagram? Not only is the smart phone app a great way to post quick, fun images of your club’s activities, but now you can also post short videos (3 seconds minimum, 15 seconds maximum)! Post a video of your next Lions club event, and show us how Lions are serving in your community.

Click here for more information on how to take and share Instagram videos.

Check out more Lions videos below, and don’t forget to follow @lionsclubs on Instagram and tag your photos with hashtags #lionsclub and #lionseverywhere!

Gift giving project of District 301-A3 Philippines. #lionseverywhere
Meet Raphael Alexandre Manguba, a 2012-13 Peace Poster Merit Award Winner from the Philippines. #lionseverywhere
Lion Donald contribute his blood too! ;) Roar roar roar! ^.^ #lionseverywhere

 

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