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Jan
30

Peace Poster Contest Judging

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Last week, more than 25 members and leaders of youth outreach and the art community came to Loyola University Museum of Art to judge this year’s Annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest finalists. There were 132 posters –all created by 11, 12 and 13 year old children from around the world.

Amongst those in attendance were Greg Allen, Founding Director of the Neo-Futurists; Gary Fry, Director of Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising; James Lackey, Artist at Horizons for the Blind; Steven Rosengard, Assistant Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry; and many more.

We would like to thank our judges for their participation and congratulate our peace poster finalists. The grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be announced on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at this year’s Lions Day with the United Nations.

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Jan
28

LQ: The Founding of Lions Clubs International

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In 1917, the United States entered World War I, causing rapid industrial growth that led to many social problems, such as child labor, overcrowding and rapid spread of disease. Because of this, reformers sought ways to improve the conditions in their communities. Among them was Melvin Jones, secretary of the Business Circle.

He proposed this idea to his fellow club members who gave him the approval to gather clubs together for a meeting in Chicago. On June 7th, 1917, the first meeting was held with the Circle and a few other groups in attendance. It was then that the International Association of Lions Clubs was born. The first Lions Convention in Dallas, Texas opened on October 8th of the same year. Lions became international in 1920 when they chartered the first club in Ontario, Canada.

Be sure to watch the video above –the first in a series of centennial videos –to learn about the important events that took place in during the beginning years of Lions Clubs International.  You can download or view the entire Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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Jan
28

Webinar: Project Management

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Every club leader wants to achieve successful club projects, but sometimes it is hard to know where to begin and how to proceed.  This popular webinar provides practical, useful guidance on effective project management.  The presentation will review:

  • How to align projects with purposes
  • A project manager’s responsibilities
  • The traits of effective project managers
  • The five phases of project management best-practices, and
  • An LCI service project case study

Gather the tools for project excellence–register today for one of the two sessions available!

Register below for one of the two time slots:

Webinar Presenters:

Past Council Chairperson Joe Pitts

Past Council Chairperson Mark Lyon

Past District Governor Ruth Roberts

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Jan
26

“Knights of the Blind” in Canada

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Today’s guest blog post is from the Toronto Cathay Lions Club in Canada. Less than a year ago, PDG Raija Rosenthal received a chance to improve eyesight and asked the Toronto Cathay Lions to take on that challenge –to make an impact, not only in their local community, but in the lives of many living in Uganda. Follow the Toronto Cathay Lions on Facebook for more information about this project.

A chance encounter on an escalator at the Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto, Canada last summer has brought the chance to improve eyesight of 3,000 people in Uganda.

While stuck briefly in a crowd, PDG Lion Raija Rosenthal asked Lion Dr. Charles B.R. Ibingira, a Uganda delegate, “How can we help?”

Canadian Lions collect thousands of pairs of used eyeglasses today which are cleaned, repaired and shipped from Quebec to third world countries, but the Toronto Cathay Lions Club went a step further by purchasing 3,000 new reading glasses and will pay for their shipment to Uganda. Providing specified magnification for thousands of sufferers will help make the distribution quicker and more efficient.

The Kampala Central Lions Club’s president has responded with gratitude to the Toronto Cathay club, calling its members, “Knights of the Blind.” He is hopeful the glasses will arrive in time for distribution at the two upcoming camps to aid many of Uganda’s sight impaired.

The Toronto Cathay Lions will be holding a Press Conference on Thursday, January 29th in Toronto, Canada at the Ugandan Consulate to announce the purchase of the new glasses and their benefit to those in Uganda.

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Jan
23

Opening Eyes

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Seeing His Way to Gold

A Special Olympics athlete from Poland, 17-year-old Tomasz Banas had never had his eyes checked. Like many intellectually disabled people, he was living with the added difficulty of poor eyesight due to not receiving proper eye care. Among Special Olympics athletes, 68 percent have not had an eye examination in three years, 37 percent are in need of eyeglasses and 18 percent wear clinically incorrect eyeglasses.

Serving the often overlooked

Fortunately, the Lions Clubs International-Special Olympics Opening Eyes program works with the Special Olympics to conduct vision screenings, fit glasses and refer urgent needs to eye specialists. At Banas’ games, Lions helped to screen 900 athletes and gave free glasses to 288 athletes. Lions are crucial to Opening Eyes’ success: more than 15,000 Lions have volunteered in the program. Volunteer optometrists/ophthalmologists, optometry students, opticians and optical center employees work alongside the Lions volunteers, providing diagnosis and referrals, and teaching the athletes how to better care for their eyes.

Opening Eyes is celebrating 10 years of the Lions/Special Olympics joint partnership. Since the program began, LCIF has contributed a total of US$13.39 million in funding, and more than 99,000 athletes have received prescription eyewear.

A special milestone

When Banas arrived at the September 2010 Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games in Warsaw to compete in badminton, he was excited. But, Banas was unaware that getting his vision screened might be the most remarkable thing to happen to him at the games. Banas became the 200,000th athlete to receive vision screening by Opening Eyes, and he did need glasses. Banas’ new glasses helped him score gold in doubles badminton and silver in singles badminton.

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