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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 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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Lions Flood Relief in the Philippines

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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.

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Palmer’s Blog: Lions Services for Children Symposium

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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.

Getting Started

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?

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Lions Clubs Home Page News Feed

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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!

Visit weekly for new stories.

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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…

President’s Service Blog: Meeting Lions at USA/Canada Forum, Alaska

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My favorite part of being your international president is meeting so many Lions and Leos around the world. So far, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with more…

Story of the Week: Lions Clubs International Launches Rap Music Video

Friday, September 23, 2011

We are the largest service organization in the world, but in a new music video, we prove that we’re also the most fun. After 94 years, Lions Clubs…