Today marks International Literacy Day, which celebrates the importance of literacy as the foundation for education and social development.
This week’s celebration includes a joint event with Reading Action Program partner USAID. Lion Linda Madden, wife of Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden , will visit with Lions leaders and partners to discuss Lions’ commitment to increasing literacy rates worldwide and providing all children, especially those with vision loss and other disabilities, with the opportunity for a strong education. Programs such as the Reading Action Program, LCIF’s SightFirst and Lions/Special Olympics Opening Eyes help Lions reach these goals.
A special blog post from Mrs. Madden will offer a recap of the events.
How is your Lions club celebrating International Literacy Day?
Following recent floods in North Luzon areas of the Philippines, Lions District 301-D2 provided disaster relief to those in need. Through LCIF grants, Lions were able to distribute 2,000 relief packs to flood victims.
Today’s featured photo was submitted through the Lions Submit a Photo page. Do you have photos of your latest Lions project or event that you’d like to share? Submit your photos and your story, and your club might be featured on Facebook or the Lions Blog.
Lions, have you considered holding a Lions Services for Children (LSC) Symposium for your district or multiple district? If you have dreams to help underserved children follow and achieve their own dreams, then it’s time to look into how this program can provide the resources, tools and ideas you need.
Why Hold a Symposium
The purpose of an LSC Symposium is to determine new Lions projects and new ways for Lions to serve underserved children based on the community’s needs; and to develop collaborative relationships with key partners, such as educators and health care professionals who work with underserved children.
Achieve Your Dream
One of my dreams is to help underserved children break free from the cycle of poverty. The video above, which was shown at the Lions International Convention in Hamburg this past July, portrays the vicious circle of illiteracy – particularly highlighting the strong role that parents play in their children’s education. Service resulting from a well-thought out symposium focusing on education and the Reading Action Program, for example, can aid the end of this cycle of poverty.
Children’s health needs is another valuable topic for a symposium. By discussing health problems such as diabetes, vision loss and other disabilities, you can organize Lions projects that help children lead happier, healthier lives.
Visit the Lions Services for Children Symposium page to learn more about the program and submit an application.
What’s your dream for children, and how are you working to achieve it?
The Lions Clubs International home page has a new look! The home page will now feature stories that spotlight the great work that Lions do every day, sharing inspiring and positive news from around the globe. Keep an eye out for a story about your club. Your story might be featured!
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