Preston’s Blog: Nosotros Servimos

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Last week, Joni and I spent a few days in Spain to celebrate 50 years of service with the Lions Clubs of Spain. While we were there, we visited a Community Center in Tenerife with the Campus Lions Club. They offer multiple services for disadvantaged youth, such as reading, growing food and dancing. They even offer training for parents. We had such a great time meeting with some of the children.

I had the pleasure of inducting a new member, Fabiola Socas, who just got back from Leader Dog School with her new dog. She was excited to have her new dog and even more excited to become a Lion.

LeaderDogLionInductionClub Leones Santa Cruz de Tenerife La Farola posted a video on their Facebook featuring the performance she gave us that evening –what a beautiful voice!

We were warmly welcomed by the Lions of Spain. Congratulations on your 50 years! #WeServe!


Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see more activities, projects and pictures from my trips around the world.

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Lions Eye Care Centers

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Freedom to be a Kid

“Before I had glasses, I had so much trouble seeing,” said Khun Pichudom, a Cambodian child who could have faced a lifetime of limitations due to correctable vision problems. “Now I can see everything.  I use my glasses at school, to play football, to read and write, and especially when I watch TV and play games.”

A preventable tragedy

Fortunately, the right glasses made all the difference for Pichudom’s vision, but other children require surgery or preventative medication. Vision problems in children that are not caught and corrected early can lead to blindness or vision impairment later in life. One child goes blind each minute and half a million will lose their sight by the end of this year alone. An estimated 1.4 million children around the world are blind, yet the vision of 75 percent of these children could have been saved if they only had access to eye care.

Giving children the gift of sight

Pichudom was screened at the Preah Ang Duong Hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one of 34 need-based pediatric Lions eye care centers aimed at eliminating avoidable blindness in children. Pichudom is just one of the 121 million children worldwide who have benefited from a Lions eye care center, thanks to a SightFirst and World Health Organization joint initiative. SightFirst has given close to US$7 million in funding for the centers in countries around the world that provide preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative eye care services for children. This funding will help us reach many more children; starting in 2011, 16 new Lions eye care centers will be supported.

“I would like to give my deepest appreciation to Lions for helping my grandson,” said Nget Hay, Pichudom’s grandfather. “I hope that Lions continue to support this center and future research to help all children of Cambodia.”

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Visit LCIF at the OSEAL Forum!

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Experience the impact of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) at this year’s OSEAL Forum from November 13 through November 16 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. This year’s forum seeks to “foster and imprint the spirit of ‘Tolerance.’

LCIF will have staff present who can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several LCIF informational sessions:

→ On Saturday, November 15, learn about Lions Clubs International Foundation at the LCIF seminar from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Convensia 2F Premier Ballroom C.

→ Also on Saturday, November 15, LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will thank and recognize donors who are present at the forum during a congratulatory speech at the Thailand Reception from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Grand Ballroom 3 in the headquarters hotel. The Chairperson will also share updates on the many different programs of the Foundation.

The OSEAL region has always been very generous in donations towards LCIF, including to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative. This occasion gives the Foundation an extra opportunity to say a big thank you for supporting LCIF.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the ISAAME Forum in the upcoming weeks.

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Sharing the Vision in India

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In line with the Centennial Service Challenge, the Guwahati Metro Lions Club of India organized a program called “Mission Kidz Vision.” They have set up camps at a couple of different schools where they are testing the students for vision problems. Nearly 26% of the students tested were found with refraction errors. These students were then provided with free eye glasses. The goal of the Guwahati Metro Lions is, not only to detect vision problems early, but to be able to examine a total of 3,000 students by the end of this Lionistic year.IMG_5059This Sharing the Vision project helps benefit our own special goal of serving 10 million children with eye care. Lions everywhere are participating in the Centennial Service Challenge by organizing youth, vision, health and environmental projects to serve 100 million people by 2017. In order for us to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask Lions to record their activities on MyLCI. Don’t forget to post pictures of your projects on Facebook and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.

What type of vision projects is your club doing?

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Sharing a Common Bond and Commitment to Service

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Lions of the San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Lions Club (USA) share more than just a commitment to serving their community; many of their members have also served their country. Their common bond and shared passion for service led them to charter this special club to serve the needs of veterans and their family members.

The club performs many valuable services in the community, but it places a special focus on serving veterans. Members volunteer at the local V.A. hospital, help veterans in homeless shelters find jobs, and provide transportation to veterans when needed.

Lions of the Bay Area Veterans Club recommend promoting membership to all veterans because of the benefits of being a Lion, which:

  • Gives them a feeling of belonging to something bigger than themselves again
  • Gives them the satisfaction of giving back to others
  • Opens the door to opportunities to collaborate with other organizations
  • Helps them become more confident people

Charter a special interest club in your area or invite a veteran to join your club today!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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Lions in Action: Turkey Trot

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Every Thanksgiving, families and friends in Naperville, Illinois, and the surrounding area join together to run the annual Lions 5K Turkey Trot. Parents, children, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles,…

LQ: Lions Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 22, 2012

For many families in the Naperville, Illinois area, participating in the Naperville Noon Lions Club 5K Turkey Trot has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Parents run with their children,…