Each new Lion brings fresh ideas, passion and a hands-on attitude to clubs — helping to improve service and make a greater impact in the community. There are 1.35 million Lions worldwide. Imagine the difference we could make around the world if every Lion asked one person to join his or her club!
All it takes is just one person. Download our Just Ask! Member Recruiting Guide to help you get started, or visit our Invite Members page for tips on who to invite and how to welcome new members into your club.
What a week it’s been! One of the first major events I attended as Lions International President was the 2014 Children’s Symposium, held on July 11 in Toronto. Supporting children in need has always been a core mission for Lions everywhere. This year, I am challenging Lions to respond even more to the needs of under-served children — particularly those in low-income, developing countries.
The Children’s Symposium was a roaring success, with participating leaders from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI Alliance, Global FoodBanking Network, Lost Boys Rebuilding Southern Sudan, Special Olympics, Scholastic, UNICEF, USAID, World Wide Hearing (Audra Renyi, Executive Director from World Wide Hearing, pictured above) and many others. Together, we discussed crucial topics from childhood development (what are the critical unmet needs?) and literacy (what can be done to promote early childhood education?) to children’s health and disabilities (what’s working and what still needs to be done?).
These conversations are important to helping us identify the needs of children and build upon solutions. We need to increase access to books in under-served communities. Serve as mentors for positive youth development. Empower at-risk children. Implement global partnerships to combat preventable, treatable diseases. Provide clean water. Include children of all abilities.
We all play a significant role in improving the lives of children in our communities. Lions – how is your club addressing children’s needs?
Your International President,
The Global Impact segment in this month’s new Lions Quarterly video magazine focuses on how Lions are fighting childhood hunger around the world. In Canada, Lions deliver fruits and vegetable platters to schools so that students can enjoy a healthy snack and have the fuel needed to learn better. Lions in the Philippines also work with local schools to provide lunches to children in need, as well as teaching parents and students about the importance of nutrition. And in the U.S., Lions organized a backpack program that sent healthy foods home with kids over the weekend.
Watch the video above to learn more about how Lions are feeding children everywhere. The entire July Lions Quarterly is available for download on the Lions News Network. Share the video at your next Lions club meeting or event!
How does your Lions club feed children in your community?
The Centennial Service Challenge was announced at the 2014 Lions International Convention in Toronto — presenting Lions with the goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Is your club up to the challenge? Start planning your Global Service Action Campaign service activities, beginning in August with Engaging Our Youth.
Recognize the power of youth involvement! Serve children in need! Project ideas include:
For more information on the Centennial Service Challenge, such as how to report your service activities and track the number of people served, visit the Centennial Service Challenge page and read our FAQs.
I’m so excited and honored to be this year’s Lions Clubs International President!
We’re a family – a Lions Pride — and I’m hoping you will join me this year in working to Strengthen the Pride. There are so many areas in which we can strive to do better so that we can serve our communities better. Each new member helps our organization grow. Each life we touch through service makes us stronger and more dedicated.
Through partnerships, technology, creativity and so much more, Lions clubs are getting stronger every day. Visit my President’s Theme page on the LCI website for the tools and resources you need to help make your club stronger.
I’m looking forward to a great year, and I can’t wait to meet Lions across the globe to see how they’re Strengthening the Pride!
Your International President,
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