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Palmer’s Blog: A Successful #LCIWorldLunch

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Dear Lions Family,

I want to thank you for the great response to our Lions World Lunch Relay on April 4th!

Over 2,200 clubs registered and nearly 200,000 people participated in this unique international event. Lions clubs around the world celebrated their achievements and shared their commitment to service with family and friends. Clubs shared a meal, collected food for the hungry, and found new members who want to be part of the fellowship and fun of being a Lion.

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Lions also did a great job of generating publicity for the event. There were Lunch Relay stories on television stations and in newspapers in many local communities. Lions also shared photos of their lunch events on the LCI World Lunch Facebook page so fellow Lions around the world could follow the event. It was inspiring to see so many Lions come together on this special day. I hope clubs will continue to use Facebook and other social media to stay connected and promote their clubs.

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Remember that April is Family and Friends Month, so if you haven’t planned your special event, get started today. Thank you again for making the Lions World Lunch Relay such a great success!

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Leo Lion Summit

Register for the Leo Lion Summit!

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April is Leo Club Awareness Month! In addition to sponsoring a Leo club or planning projects that involve local Leos and youth, consider attending the Leo Lion Summit at this year’s Lions International Convention in Toronto on July 4, 2014. The summit helps ensure Leos have a voice within the Lions organization, and provides an opportunity to build the Leo-Lion relationship.

The program includes an open, town-hall format session that allows Lions and Leos to share their experiences and ask questions, as well as one-on-one interactions and workshops.

For further details on what to expect at the summit and how to register, visit the Leo Lion Summit page.

Not registered for convention yet? Click the button below to begin the registration process. We’re expecting you in Toronto!


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LQ: Lions Protect the Environment

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The April edition of Lions Quarterly is now available, and this issue’s Global Impact segment focuses on how Lions around the world are leading projects that make their community green. As this month kicks off the Protecting Our Environment Global Service Action Campaign, Lions everywhere are participating by planning environmental projects. A successful environmental project begins with the question, “What is the challenge in my community?”

Watch the video above to learn about Lions tree planting campaigns, recycling projects, water preservation initiatives and more. Visit the Lions News Network to watch the entire April LQ, and to download a copy to share at your next meeting or event!

What is your club doing this month to protect the environment?

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Freedom to be a Kid

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“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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Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • MINNESOTA, USA: Lions pancake breakfast fundraiser for little boy battling cancer becomes one of the biggest events in the community.
  • SPAIN: The Torrevieja Costa Lions Club helps local singer raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts.
  • GUAM: The Guam Galaide and Guam Latte Stone Lions Clubs hold the 2014 Leos Youth Camp at Tongan Beach Resort in Ipan.
  • IRELAND: Letterkenny Lions Club host a movie night to help purchase school bus.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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