More Eternal than the Fountain of Youth, Ponce Inlet Lions Club Erects Memorial Fountain to Commemorate Founder

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The founder and guiding light of the Lions club in Ponce Inlet, Florida—the late Constance D. Hunter—was a remarkable, generous woman. To honor her larger-than-life legacy, club members constructed a magnificent fountain dedicated to her memory in Timucuan Oaks Garden.

“When our town was developing a new park along the Halifax River,” explained Ponce Inlet Lions Club president Shirley Okhovatian, “they asked us if we would like to help fund the initiative or install a Lions monument. We jumped at the opportunity to provide a memorial to honor Connie, who gave so much of her time and money to get our club up and running, and beyond. We decided to remember her with a beautiful fountain, which actually accomplished three things: we celebrated her life, celebrated the Lions Centennial and completed a Legacy Project.”

The Ponce Inlet Lions Club was not only the major donor for the park and provider of the decorative fountain, it also dedicated two concrete memorial benches to honor charter Lions Hazel Dauksis and her husband, now deceased. These contributions established a proud and permanent Lions legacy and awareness in the town that will endure for generations to come.

The official opening and dedication ceremony of the park was in January of 2016. The Lions hope that the park will eventually feature memorials to future Lions who provide equally outstanding service to the community.

“It’s our responsibility to remember these early leaders and share their enormous contributions with the next generation of Lions, so that they can experience what we’re all about and want to be a part of it,” said Okhovatian.  “It’s easy to carry a torch that’s already burning. Connie Hunter was the one who lit the fire.”

What will your Lions club legacy be? Start planning your Legacy Project today!


LCI Forward: A Glimpse of the Future

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For 100 years, Lions have left their mark on the world by giving help and hope to its most vulnerable populations. As we enter our second century of humanitarian service, the world needs us now more than ever.

In order to meet the emerging needs of our changing world, we’ve developed a five-year plan called LCI Forward.

What is LCI Forward?

LCI Forward is a road map for Lions to plan, implement and achieve our vision for a better future. It’s designed to help Lions triple our humanitarian impact and serve 200 million people a year by 2021.

To accomplish this incredible feat, LCI Forward focuses on:

  • Enhancing our service impact and focus
  • Reshaping public opinion and improving visibility
  • Pursuing club, district and organizational excellence
  • Improving membership value and reaching new markets

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We need your help!

We’re encouraging Lions and Leos to come together to increase our impact by serving in their communities and inviting their families, friends and neighbors to join them in service. Visit the LCI Forward page to learn more and get a special glimpse into the future of Lions Clubs International, and how together, we’re changing the world for the better.

The LCI Forward Plan video is available in all languages on YouTube.


Touchstone Story: Wave Upon Wave

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On Dec. 26, 2004, a 9.0-plus magnitude earthquake occurred under the Indian Ocean near the west coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. Within hours, a series of immense waves as high as 50 feet struck 11 countries along the rim of the Indian Ocean. More than 230,000 people lost their lives and more than one million people were displaced as a result of the South Asian tsunami—the deadliest in recorded history.

“The ocean took everything,” said Ranjan Jayawardane, a member of the Wellawatte West Lions Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Lions were among the first on the scene to provide help to victims, responding with their own waves of generosity and care. In Sri Lanka, Lions partnered with the government to organize aid, working 16-hour days to send supplies and put up tents at relocation camps. Eighty Lions in the medical profession volunteered to provide first aid near Chennai, India, while nearly 70 clubs distributed food and clothing. In Indonesia and Thailand, local clubs gave food, clothing, shelter and medical treatment to refugees.

Lions Clubs International Foundation also mobilized to send relief. LCIF had created disaster-response models following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York to help Lions act quickly when disaster strikes. The models estimate how much funding will be needed by analyzing the areas and numbers of people affected, current and future needs, how long recovery efforts are expected to last and other considerations. As soon as news of the tsunami reached LCIF, Lions put the models in place and started fundraising.

Lions raised US$15 million. Every dollar raised went to Lions in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Thailand to help rebuild homes, schools and orphanages. At the time, it was the largest reconstruction effort in LCIF history.

“Some people had lost families, everything, but Lions stood by them,” said Sangeeta Jatia, past international director from Kolkata, West Bengal, and a member of the Calcutta Midtown Lions Club in India. “There was somebody who they could depend on.”

Long after the waves and initial shock had receded, Lions from around the world continued to pour out their time, energy and resources, helping to rebuild lives and entire communities.

Five years after the natural disaster, Luis Domínguez, past international director from the Mijas Lions Club in Mijas Pueblo, Spain, visited a village in Sri Lanka that Lions assisted in reconstructing. The community, known as “Lions Village” among local residents, was blossoming once again—with new houses, a playground and community center, and sewing machines to help jumpstart economic development.

“What can I say about happy children?” Domínguez said, watching carefree children enjoy their new playground. “I will leave it to your imagination.”

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LCIF Awards 10 Emergency Grants, November 2016

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) offers a variety of funding options to support various stages for disaster relief operations, including Disaster Preparedness, Emergency, Community Recovery and Major Catastrophe Grants.

For districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

In November 2016, LCIF awarded 10 emergency grants totaling US$100,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Florida, USA, District 35-N
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Florida, USA, District 35-L
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Thailand, District 310-A1
US$10,000 for flood relief

Thailand, District 310-D
US$10,000 for flood relief

Arizona, USA, District 21-B 
US$10,000 for flood relief

New Zealand, District 202-E
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

South Carolina, USA, District 32-C
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

North Carolina, USA, District 31-L
US$10,000 for wildfire relief

Dominican Republic, District R-2
US$10,000 for flood relief

Tennessee, USA, District 12-N
US$10,000 for wildfire relief

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

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LCIF and Lions Respond to the Banda Aceh Earthquake

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On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Aceh province of Indonesia. More than 100 people have died and the death toll is expected to rise. Search and rescue efforts are underway.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) responded immediately. District 307-A2 has received a US$10,000 Emergency grant to help with immediate relief activities. Multiple District 307 has also received a US$100,000 Major Catastrophe grant for the provision of both immediate- and long-term relief and reconstruction.

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster relief fund so that Lions can continue offering this critical aid.

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Rap Video Finalist: St. Marta San Pedro Alejandrino Lions Club

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Lions Reading Action Program Rap Video Contest finalists have been announced! Above is the rap video created by the St. Marta San Pedro Alejandrino Lions Club. We’ll…

Lions Celebrate Earth Day

Monday, April 22, 2013

Today is Earth Day, and in conjunction with the Protecting Our Environment global service action campaign, Lions everywhere are participating in environmental service projects that make the world…

Video: Lions Recycled Trash Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Kaikoura Seaward Lions Club in New Zealand has found a creative way to recycle and reuse trash in their community: the Recycled Trash Fashion Show. The event…

Video: The Lion’s Hunting Strength

Monday, April 15, 2013

The above Public Service Announcement (PSA) is a fun way to raise awareness about Lions’ “hunting” strengths – that is, their ability to hunt for and identify issues…