Lions Clubs International
Sep
11

Palmer’s Blog: Lions Floating Hospital

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During my recent trip to Bali in Indonesia, I had the privilege of visiting the doctorSHARE hospital ship, which provides healthcare services and surgeries thanks to a collaboration between doctorSHARE, Lions Club Indonesia MD 307, the University of Udayana’s school of medicine and the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar. This floating hospital travels around the islands of Indonesia providing healthcare services free of charge. In many cases, the patients treated have not seen a doctor in years.

While the ship was in Bali, the medical team (including nine doctors, five volunteers and several nurses) planned to treat 250 general patients, in addition to 20 patients in need of major and minor surgeries.

I am endlessly amazed at Lions’ abilities to help people in need through health programs such as the doctorSHARE ship, and the strong partnerships that we have developed in order to take action and follow our dreams!

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Lions Clubs International
Sep
10

Set Up a Personal Facebook/Twitter

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We’ve already told you about the benefits of setting up a Facebook or Twitter account for your club, but what about a personal account? Perhaps you’re already connected on social media to stay in touch with friends and family, but don’t forget — your personal account is also a great way to share your Lions stories with people you already know. Through your personal Facebook or Twitter account, you can:

  • Follow your club or district Facebook or Twitter account to stay updated on meetings, projects and events.
  • Share photo albums and videos of community service projects from your club Facebook page with your friends and family.
  • Connect with club members in your area and across the globe.

See our Creating a Personal Account on Facebook and Twitter guide to get started.

 

 

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Sep
9

Video: Lions Balloon Festival

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The Lions Club Balloon Festival and Fair at Highland Village, Texas, began in 1987. Today, the event has grown to become the largest scheduled event in the county, with upward of 25,000 people attending each year.

Watch the video above to see how the festival has become a premier event, with craft booths, balloon glows, entertainment food and more. Nice work, Lions!

Does your Lions club host a festival or fair in your community? Share your story!

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Lions Clubs International
Sep
8

Lions Celebrate International Literacy Day

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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.

Stay updated on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #IntlLiteracyDay) as Mrs. Madden participates in the following events:

  • A presentation on literacy and inclusion at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library and also Special Olympics headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Helps Lions and partners at the South Jersey Eye Center and Scholastic distribute books to pre-school children in Camden, New Jersey
  • Visits the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation in Atlanta

A special blog post from Mrs. Madden will offer a recap of the events.

How is your Lions club celebrating International Literacy Day?

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Lions Clubs International
Sep
6

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA:  Nashua Lions Club celebrate a successful partnership and season with Special Olympics athletes.
  • CALIFORNIA, USA:  California Lions and LCIF help with relief efforts for area wildfires.
  • MARIANA ISLANDS:  Newly chartered Tinian Marianas Lions Club completes first community service activity.
  • WASHINGTON, USA: Kent Lions Club supports blind athlete playing on the area’s first Beep Baseball team.
  • INDIA: Siliguri Lions Club opens special eye care clinic.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

 

 

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Videos

Story of the Week: Lions, LCIF Launch Program to Eliminate Trachoma in China

Friday, October 21, 2011

Through our efforts and global partnerships, we’re working to eliminate preventable blindness. The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and our clubs immunized 41 million children in Africa against…

Story of the Week: Lions Help Students Reach Their Goals with School Supplies

Friday, October 14, 2011

For generations, our clubs have served as an educational partner for students. Many children begin their education with a preschool vision screening performed by a Lion. Other students…

Lions in Australia Help Chart a New Course for Troubled Young People

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Many of our members work on projects to meet the specific needs of youth – whether they’re at risk for vision loss or don’t have enough to eat. In Australia,…

Story of the Week: Lions Labor of Love Run Raises Money for Community Projects

Friday, October 7, 2011

Supporting causes in our communities brings clubs together with their neighbors. Our projects are diverse, ranging from cleaning up our communities to providing quality education to students. In…