In 1928, Gandhi laid the cornerstone of a school for blind, deaf and disabled students in Ahmedabad. That original building is still in use today. A year and a half ago, I laid the cornerstone for a new building at that school. During my latest trip to India, I was lucky enough to stand beside International President Yamada as he officially opened the new building.
As clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week, remember that LCIF is the cornerstone of service. Service looks different all around the world. In your area, it might be vision screenings, beach cleanups, or vaccinations. Whatever service looks like in your community, know that LCIF is there to support you while you bring hope and comfort to those around you.
I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF help make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. Thank you for your generous support of LCIF.
LCIF has laid the cornerstone, and you Lions are building upon it every day!
Together in Service,
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Lions are working to reduce poverty. Through microenterprise, small loans are awarded to individuals to help them purchase supplies and equipment needed to start their own businesses. These individuals are then able to provide for themselves and their families, and to contribute to their communities.
LCIF believes that microenterprise is an important opportunity to support and promote economic well-being for men and women who live at or below the poverty level, have limited skills and wish to improve their financial situation.
The Lions of District 411-A in Kenya, in partnership with ASA Kenya, secured a microenterprise grant from LCIF to help women in and around Kibera. Watch the video above to see the impact of the project in that region.
The Leo to Lion Spotlight will feature former Leos who have chosen to continue serving their communities as Lions to inspire other Leos to follow in their footsteps and join a Lions club. Potter has been a Leo Lion member of the Batu Pahat Lions club in Malaysia for over a year. He is currently serving as club president.
I served as a Leo for 9 years total, in both the Alpha Leo club of SMK Dato Syed and the Omega Leo club of IPG Kampus Perlis.
My Alpha Leo Club was established in one of the secondary schools, and we enjoyed working with school authority to provide services to our school and to our society. When I proposed forming an Omega Leo club at my teaching college, they loved the idea and now the Leo club is one of the best place for the students to be trained to become a leader.
I received a lot of opportunities when I was a Leo, including organizing forums for more than 1000 delegates and speaking at International Convention, as well receiving the first ever leadership medal awarded to a Leo by PIP Dr. Tam. I really wanted to share the experience I gained through the Leo Club Program as a Lion. I enjoy assisting and working together with my Lions club members, and I see being a Lion as another platform for me to further my leadership skills.
The best thing being a Lion is the friendship network being a member offers. When you are a Lion, there is no difficulty talking to another individual who is a Lion member, there are always stories to share about what we do in our clubs. I also enjoy the atmosphere in my club, where the senior Lions guide the new members and new members share their creative ideas for new service opportunities.
For me, I would really urge the Leos to join a Lions club. I love this quote from John F. Kennedy, “If not us, who? If not now, when?” We born in this family, if we are not the one to join and strengthen the family in future, then who? Join us now!
Recently, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded US$200,000 to aid in relief efforts for the flooding in Chennai, India. Click on the video below to see the devastation caused by the flooding and what relief operations there look like.
Whenever and wherever disasters strike, Lions are often among the first to offer aid—and LCIF is right there with them, ready to support their efforts with funding assistance through Lions disaster relief programs. Working together, LCIF, local Lions and Lions leaders assess the urgent needs and quickly deliver the aid most required by victims.
Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund so this important work can continue.
Once again, LCI will have a float featured in the annual Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. The theme of the 2016 Rose Bowl is “Find your Adventure,” which will celebrate the 100 years of the National Park Service. The theme of our float is “Camps for All Abilities.”
This year, our float will be the 54th unit in the parade, roughly 1/3 of the way through the line-up. Placement in the parade is determined by a lottery. The parade is telecast in the US on the three major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS). Cable station HGTV televises the parade in its entirety and without commercial interruption.
Watch this video above to see how Lions camps around the world are making an impact on young people of all abilities.
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