Supplies for Students in Turkey

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The Mersin Kilikya Lions Club in Turkey donated writing utensils, stationary and other school supplies, as well as scarves and shoes to the students at a local Primary School. They even provided a preschool classroom with various toys, tablets and an overhead projector. Follow the Mersin Kilikya Lions on Facebook to learn more about how the are making an impact in their community!

Did you participate in a similar youth project? We want to know what your club has organized for the Centennial Service Challenge. Share your story with us!

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Preston’s Blog: Celebrating in Venezuela

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Joni and I had a blast in Venezuela last week. Not only were we able to celebrate Melvin Jones’ birthday with Leos and Special Olympic athletes, but we were able to see how dedicated the Lions in Venezuela are to making an impact on their communities. We spent our time attending the FOLAC Forum, getting to visit the mayor and join in a parade, as well as dedicating a library and partaking in a tree planting project. It’s always a great time when the Lions get together!

Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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LCIF Provides Emergency/Disaster Relief Grants in December 2014

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

In December 2014, LCIF provided LCIF logo8 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$70,000.

These grants are adressing meet immediate needs in:

Cape Verde, District 403-A1
$10,000 for volcano relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
$5,000 for typhoon relief

Indonesia, District 307-B2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Morocco, District 416
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-B1
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-B2
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-C1
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-B1
$5,000 for typhoon relief

*Emergency grants listed by date approved.

Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis. 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.

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Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions Honor Melvin Jones

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SAM_2380This week, we celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI). It has been nearly 100 years since Melvin Jones first encouraged people to address the needs of their communities and the world, and I know he would be proud of what Lions have accomplished.

As your clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week and the Worldwide Week of Service to honor Melvin Jones, I encourage you to think of all the lives you can impact now and throughout the entire year. Your club might host vision
screenings, sponsor a food drive, host a highway cleanup, or paint a playground; the possibilities for service are endless—and so are the lives we can touch. However you choose to serve, know that you are making a positive difference every day, all year long.

I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. We give sight, support youth, provide disaster relief and improve communities only because of your generosity and selfless giving. Thank you for your support of LCIF.

Melvin Jones once said, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” Look how far we have come!


Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Read the January LION Magazine

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Happy New Year—Happy New LION!

Check out the newly redesigned look of LION Magazine, launched in the January issue. Also, find out how Alaska Lions brought a world of reading to the island nation of Tonga, learn about the importance of Lions’ traditions and see how clubs are using eye-catching collection boxes to spur eyeglass donations.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch a Pennsylvania club’s fun promotional video, read stories of Christmas past and view the Higher Key Award recipients.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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Shopping Spree Raises Money for Senior Center

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Lions Benefit Concert Raises Funds

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

On January 13, Lions District 20R-1 (Rockland, Northern Westchester and Putnam, New York) hosted a benefit concert featuring the Norm Hathaway Big Band, known for its swing, jazz,…

Video: A Leo Club’s 2012 Year in Review

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Weil am Rhein Leo Club in Germany had a great 2012. Activities included airplane flights, a houseboat trip, a summer camp for kids, a horse-drawn caravan ride…