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Dec
16

Message from the Chairperson: Lions and LCIF Work Tirelessly Year Round

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The end of the year is such a busy time for so many people. Preparing for the end of one year and the beginning of the next takes a lot of work. Even so, you Lions continue to serve your communities. Well done, Lions!

I recently saw some of the work Lions are doing in Cuba. Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) SightFirst program is alive and well there. In partnership with Christian Blind Ministries, the German Lions and the Churches of Cuba, LCIF continues to support services for babies born with retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Fighting childhood blindness is a priority for SightFirst and increasing the number of eye care personnel available to screen and treat ROP is one way to do that.

Every day, we are realizing International President Yamada’s theme of “Dignity, Harmony and Humanity.” We provide dignity to those we serve, we work together in a spirit of harmony, and we serve humanity by helping those in need.

Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to helping others, proving that “Where there is a need, there is a Lion.” LCIF is here to support your compassionate works by providing grant funding for your local and global humanitarian efforts.

As 2015 comes to a close, please consider supporting your Foundation so that we can continue improving lives for years to come.

Together in Service,

Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the December newsletter here.

Dec
14

Try and Stop Us: Haiti Vision Mission

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Today’s guest blog post is by Bradley Moss: A third generation Lion with 12 years of service, President of the Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s Lions Club in District N-4, and Chair of his District Sight Conservation and Work with the Blind Committee. Do you have a Lions story to share? Contribute to the Lions Blog!

So I’ve been getting it a lot since we returned from our first Lions / Team Broken Earth vision mission to Hôpital Bernard Mevs in Port au Prince: “How was Haiti?”

I don’t know that I can describe it in a word. I can’t do it in a paragraph either. I can tell you there are a number of vivid memories I have, but don’t ask me to pick a favorite. How do you choose between the dignified smile of an elderly woman who could read her Bible again, or the instant grin of a young girl who couldn’t read the board in school, or the “eureka moment” a young boy has when he sees his grandmother’s face clearly for the very first time, and her “eureka moment” as she sees him properly again through her own new glasses? Maybe it’s the older man who waited for hours in the heat, and found himself first in line to see an Optometrist when we had to close for the day, and who just repeatedly said “God bless you” as he walked out the door after being told he could come back tomorrow as a priority.

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Lion Michael Foote with Lion Bradley Moss and an appreciative patient in Haiti

While the doctors and nurses of Team Broken Earth labored in clinics and operating rooms across the street in the hospital, saving and changing lives around the clock and doing their best; while patients were being treated outdoors and family members wept in the courtyard and slept on the ground at night, our little team of five people screened 643 people and dispensed eyeglasses to 423 men, women and children who needed them over the course of the five day clinic. The icing on the cake was meeting our fellow Lions from Haiti. I had never greeted a complete stranger in another country that way: with a hug and a smile and a feeling, to use a Newfoundland term, they’re “solid” because they are Lions like us. This is the power of Lionism: a borderless family united in service; a worldwide force for good.

I’ve never recounted the story without saying we fell in love with the Haitian people. Maybe it’s an “island thing” between us.

The next question I get is usually “Would you go back?”

Try and stop us.  

Dec
11

Leos in Jamaica Encourage Activity in Kids

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Today’s images were submitted by the Clarendon Leo Club of Jamaica and shows how the Leos are engaging kids in their community. More than 50 children participated in the “Kids in Motion” program, which encourages youth to be active and healthy. By learning that exercise and staying healthy is both important and fun, these children can start good habits at a young age.

Leo Club Kids in Motion

If you have a great photo to share from a Lions club project or activity, be sure to visit the Submit a Photo page for a chance to be featured on LCI’s Facebook page!

Dec
9

LCIF Awards 12 Disaster Relief and Emergency Grants, November 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.

In November 2015, LCIF awarded 12 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$95,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Brazil, District LD-4
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LC-4
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 323-A3
$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A1
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 324-A4
$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 324-A5
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India, District 324-A6

$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 324-A8

$5,000 for flood relief

India, District 316-H
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District MD-324
$20,000 for flood relief

Australia, District 201-W2
$10,000 for fire relief

India, District 324-B4
$5,000 for flood relief

 

Dec
8

Lions Club International to Sponsor Peach Bowl Parade

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Lions Clubs International is excited to announce that we will be the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Peach Bowl parade in Atlanta, Georgia. The Peach Bowl was founded in 1968 as a way to raise money for the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, a statewide provider of comprehensive vision and hearing services to underinsured Georgians.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade presented by Lions Clubs International will take place on December 31. The parade, which marches through downtown Atlanta and ends at the Georgia Dome, will be led by First Vice President, Chancellor Bob Corlew.

“Lions have a tradition with the Peach Bowl, and we are proud to continue that tradition,” said VP Corlew.

Georgia Lions Lighthouse will also conduct vision screenings for fans at the FanFest event on December 31 and to students in Atlanta public elementary schools over the next several months.

Along with the partnership, Peach Bowl, Inc. has committed to donating $50,000 to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. To date, Peach Bowl Cares has provided more than $500,000 to the Lighthouse programs, which help provide vision and hearing screenings to Georgians.

“Our long-standing relationship with the Peach Bowl has really been a blessing to the Lighthouse and has helped us provide so many necessary services for underserved Georgians,” said Roberta Green, Executive Director of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. “Our legacy with the Peach Bowl has allowed thousands of adults to live independent lives and children to thrive and learn in schools. We are proud of our legacy together and look forward to our opportunities for service in the years to come.”

The Peach Bowl will take place on Thursday, December 31. Watch the Florida Seminoles and Houston Cougars compete for the George P. Crumbley Trophy, named after Lion George Crumbley, Jr., the founding “Father of the Peach Bowl.”

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