The Lions Club of Kota Bharu in Malaysia saw a need in their community — children with certain disabilities were not receiving the special attention and early intervention they needed. In 1997, the Lions established a Down Syndrome Center, where teachers taught language, reading, writing, numbers, fine motor skills and basic life skills to children with Down Syndrome.
Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the center, including parents’ reactions and how it has grown thanks to help from LCIF. You can also view the entire July Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.
Special Olympics and the Lions Clubs of Uganda recently collaborated to implement a health project as a part of the Special Olympics “Mission: Inclusion” platform. The activity took place in a town called Hoima.
Lions leaders drove about three hours to Hoima, joining the local Special Olympics Program to conduct a Family Health Forum. The forum brought together over 100 families from throughout the area to learn about the services offered by Special Olympics Uganda, the Lions Clubs of Uganda and local government. As a sensitization strategy to generate increased public awareness around intellectual disabilities, the local SO Program implemented a march through the town, highlighting the energy that comes from programming and service of this kind.
Today’s post is by Lion Jerome Thompson of the Moulton Lions Club in Alabama, USA. Read his blog at LionsAreHandsOn.com. If you are interested in submitting your story to the Lions Blog, download our Contributor Guidelines.
If asked to describe the Lions club in your town, how would the citizen on the street respond?
Who are the LIONS? If this is the response, we have failed to communicate the valuable service that we render to our community.
A Men’s Club. If this is the response, we have failed to update our image in the last 20 plus years. Today, women are a vital part of our association. In fact, women have provided leadership at every level, from club officer to International Director.
Hopefully, the response would be:
Go ahead and ask the question to your friends, family and neighbors, “Who are the Lions?” Listen carefully to the response. Then take the necessary action to improve the image of your club.
At the International Convention in Toronto this past July, we asked Lions from all over the world a simple question: Why did you become a Lion?
The response was huge — filled with stories of meeting Lions for the first time, the desire to serve local and global communities, and dreams of making a difference. Watch the video above to hear real answers from real Lions, and share your own story of why you became a Lion in the comments below!
For more videos of Lions sharing their stories, view the LCICon Videobooth Playlist.
Here is a great video about the importance of nourishing children with nutritious foods, especially in their first 1,000 days — from a mother’s pregnancy to the child’s 2nd birthday. With the right nutrition, children can learn better and lead healthier lives.
This year, I’m encouraging Lions to serve children in their communities. Providing healthy meals to children is just one way your club can make a difference. Possible projects include implementing a school backpack program that brings kids home with books and healthy snacks, or donating food to families in need. Feeding projects also count toward our Centennial Service Challenge goal, in which Lions everywhere are working toward serving 100 million people by 2017.
Let’s make an impact!
Your International President,
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