Oct
30

You’re Invited: Lions Worldwide Week of Service

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In 1917, Melvin Jones had a vision. It’s a vision that has sustained Lions Clubs International for nearly 100 years and one that has inspired my work as your International President.

This January, I invite you to join me for a special week of celebration and service honoring the legacy of our founder, Melvin Jones. It’s a great way to get involved in the Centennial celebration, strengthen your community and show your family and friends what it really means to be a Lion.

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The Worldwide Week of Service in January is an international event that brings Lions around the world together to celebrate the birth of our founder by hosting a service project of your choice during the week of January 10-16. Your club can join the fun by hosting a service project benefiting youth, vision, hunger or the environment.

It’s that easy. Just visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service website today and start planning your project. Your club will even earn a special Centennial Banner Patch when you report your project on the MyLCI Service Activity Report!

And remember to bring your cameras, because we’ll be sharing photos of your service projects on Facebook throughout the whole week. Just use the hashtag #Lions100 and we’ll share your images on the LCI Facebook page.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be involved in one of the biggest Centennial events of the year!

Your International President,

Joe Preston

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

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Oct
29

LCIF Awards 56 Humanitarian Grants in October 2014

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_MG_3350More than US$4.4 million was awarded in Lions Clubs International Foundation grants during the October 2014 Board of Trustees meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA.

With these funds, 56 grants will support life-changing projects around the world. Lions will expand an orphanage in South Africa, support volunteer emergency services in the United Kingdom, provide children’s vision screening equipment in the United States, MD300 Taiwan and Japan, equip a home for the elderly in Portugal, fund a food program for women in Burkina Faso, and much more.

Lions will help millions of people worldwide through these grants, which were made possible through your support. Thank you for your contributions to LCIF!

Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:

  • November 21, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in January 2015
  • February 12, 2015: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the April 2015 Board meeting
  • May 8, 2015: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in August 2015

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Oct
29

Pancake Days in Virginia

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Today’s guest post was written by Lion Melodie M. Davis of the Broadway Lions Club in Virginia, USA. “What Says Fall to You?”  appeared on her blog, Finding Harmony. For more information about Pancake Days and more pictures from this event, you can follow the Broadway Lions on Facebook.

What Says Fall to You?

For the past 15 years or so, we have enjoyed a community tradition here in the Shenandoah Valley: cooking for the annual Lion’s Club Pancake Days in Broadway, VA. The tradition goes from 6 a.m. on Friday morning, serving all day through about 7 p.m. that evening, and from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

The best part about Pancake Days is actually cooking and serving the meal. (Now the getting ready/cleaning up part is a huge chore but part of the deal.) This year I finally joined the Lions Club with my husband. So, although I’ve helped in various capacities as a spouse, this year I heard all the pre-planning and negotiation such an effort takes.

Usually the Pancake Days are the same weekend as the local high school’s homecoming game, but due to that being scheduled very early and conflicting with an important Lions Club district/training meeting. We would have to break with tradition and have the fundraiser a different weekend, so we chose one that tied in to the annual Fall Festival–a street craft show and sale event.

Would it be as successful? Would we miss the great influx of pancake eaters right after the town’s homecoming parade?

Answer: We ran out of sausage by 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, so we had to close an hour early.  It was probably the most successful sale ever. To all those who missed out, we are very sorry about that, and will try to plan for it not to happen next year! The sausage of course is the most expensive part of the meal. The sausage gravy is homemade. While some of the food supplies are donated by local businesses, we purchase others. The proceeds from the sale go to help with the sight and hearing projects typical of Lions Clubs locally, nationally and internationally.

But the best part of Pancake Days is not the cakes, sausage, gravy or coffee, but the camaraderie: learning to know club and community members in deeper ways than you can do by just going to meetings. Service projects—whether they are for church, school or club—are the best way to connect and find roots when moving to a new community or seeking new friendships.

The Broadway Lions Pancake Days even survived changing one huge part of the tradition by transitioning from holding the cook-off in a makeshift tent made of tarps for many years. Everyone always said that was part of the fun—and what made the food taste so darn good, like when you are camping. The “tent” was pitched behind a bank in downtown, making it super easy for folks to stop by for a good hot meal after a chilly homecoming parade—before they rushed off to the big game. Those were great days too, but no one seems to mind that we’re now serving in the nearby Fire Department community hall. We’ve maintained one part of the tradition by cooking the cakes on a great old gas griddle in a tarped “kitchen.”

Thanks to some good signage around town and a nice article in the local paper, the sale this year was a huge roaring Lion success. We thank everyone who came out and if you are lucky enough to have a Lion Pancake fundraiser in your community, check it out!

 

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Oct
27

Visit LCIF at the Europa Forum!

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Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s Europa Forum from October 30 through November 1 in Birmingham, England. The theme for this year’s forum is “Service from the Heart.”

LCIF will have staff on hand 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 informational sessions regarding LCIF:

→ On Friday, October 31, Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will give a presentation on Lions Clubs International Foundation from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the auditorium.

→ Also on Friday, October 31, come learn about Lions Quest, LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students, in the London room from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

→ In addition, there will be an LCIF coordinators meeting on Friday, October 31 in the Oxford room from 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

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 OSEAL Forum in the upcoming weeks. 

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Oct
27

Helping Children See a Brighter Future

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“At Bausch + Lomb, our mission is to help people see better, to live better. When we look back at this first year, all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve accomplished—we’re confident that together with Lions Clubs and LCIF, our efforts will help eye care institutions positively impact children, parents and the communities they serve,” said Rick Heinick, Corporate Vice President, Global Human Resources and Transformation at Bausch + Lomb.

A powerful partnership to prevent and treat pediatric cataract

Every year, hundreds of thousands of babies around the world are born with a cataract in one or both eyes. This condition is known as pediatric cataract, and can lead to severe vision loss—or even blindness. But not only is pediatric cataract treatable, it is often preventable. Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) are partnering on the Pediatric Cataract Initiative to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of overcoming pediatric cataract for the long-term benefit of children, their families and their communities.

Launched in June 2010, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative (PCI) is the first dedicated global effort aimed at preventing and treating cataract in children. Bausch + Lomb has awarded LCIF with a US$350,000 grant to launch this partnership program. The pilot year’s capacity-building grant will select a partner institution in China, where at least 40,000 children are estimated to suffer from pediatric cataract. When babies and children are identified and successfully treated with the proper follow-up care, many, if not all, will grow into fully sighted adults requiring minimal additional vision correction.

Working to help tomorrow’s children

PCI is also funding basic research initiatives aimed at better understanding the causes of pediatric cataract and/or its treatment. The first two research grants of US$50,000 each are focusing on this issue in Nepal (and nearby states in India) and Nigeria. An estimated 1.4 million children are blind worldwide, 1 million of whom live in Asia and 300,000 in Africa. The prevalence of pediatric cataract in developing countries can be 10 times more common than in developed nations.

After a busy pilot year, LCIF and Bausch + Lomb will be helping people see, by continuing the important work of the Pediatric Cataract Initiative into 2012.

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