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Palmer’s Blog: What’s Your Everest?

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At the ISAAME Forum in Kathmandu, Nepal over the weekend, I had the honor of meeting six of the 10 Nepalese women who followed their dream by conquering Mt. Everest. And now, they’re following a new dream: To climb the highest peak in each of the seven continents! They’ve already got four down and three to go. These women are truly an inspiration to Lions everywhere.

Lions, I encourage you to find your Everest and conquer it for yourself. No matter how large or small your dream may be — follow it, achieve it and be stronger because of it.

Lions Clubs International

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Matteo's Dream

#MatteosDream Photo Contest

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The theme of 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade is Dreams Come True. From Fighting Hunger to the Reading Action program, we know the power of Lions and Leos is our ability to pull together our resources and make dreams come true every day.

Now we’re challenging you and your club to show us how you make dreams come true and rally around the #RoseParade theme in our first ever Social Media Photo Contest!

Last week, we shared the story behind our float entry in the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade. #MatteosDream is just one of the thousands of projects Lions and Leos have sponsored to help people across the world. We want to see how YOUR Lions project makes dreams come true, and we’ll make it worth your while with a prize!

How do you enter?

Submit an interesting photo on Facebook or Instagram of how your club makes dreams come true. Do not include a description or caption. (OFFICIAL RULES BELOW.) Pictures must show at least one Lion or Leo in action, or your entire club working on a project.

Only one photo submission per Lion, Leo and Club will be accepted. Any additional photos submitted after the initial entry will not be considered.

Must be an active Lion or Leo member to participate. Void where prohibited. Contest will run until January 1, 2014. Winners will be selected by our social media team and contacted for an address to have pins mailed to them. Winners will be announced publicly by January 7, 2014.

Below are the rules and instructions for how to enter each contest.


Be on the lookout for a post announcing the start of the contest. Photos must be submitted within the comments section of that thread.

**This promotion does not have a connection with Facebook in any way and is not sponsored, supported or organized by Facebook. Lions Clubs International is the recipient of the information you provide, not Facebook.


Upload a photo to your Instagram stream with one of the following captions depending on the person or persons submitting the photo.

Single Member Entry: This is how I make dreams come true. Support #MatteosDream #RoseParade.

Club Entry: This is how we make dreams come true. Support #MatteosDream #RoseParade.

Be sure to share your Instagram photo on Twitter and Facebook too!



We’ll be giving away official Lions Clubs International 2014 Rose Parade Pins as prizes to winners. Our social media team will select one winner and we want you to help us select a second winner by giving your favorite photo a “Like.”  Winning entries will be featured on Facebook and our Blog. Additionally, all participants will have their photos featured on our Storify page.

Show us how you make dreams come true!

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Video: Feeding Kids Through Bag-A-Burger

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Here’s a video from our Lions Quarterly (LQ) Archives that shows how Lions in South Africa fed hungry children, while also teaching them about the environment, through their Bag-A-Burger project. The Lions gathered local children for an environmental project, during which the kids received gloves and bags to help clean garbage and litter from the area. After the clean-up, Lions served burgers to the children. What a great way to fight hunger and promote environmental awareness at the same time!

How is your club participating in this month’s Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign?

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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.
  • TEXAS, USA: Executive women to form new Lions club.
  • INDIANA, USA: Lions help build a new home for a local family with special needs children.
  • AUSTRALIA: Lions set up program to help residents in the event of a disaster.
  • MALAYSIA: Seven Lions clubs donate food and other necessities for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
  • MISSISSIPPI, USA: LCIF donates funds to provide playground equipment for children and adults of all abilities.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Lions Mourn Passing of Nelson Mandela

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I know Lions around the world join me in expressing their sincere condolences to the people of South Africa as they mourn the death of their former president Nelson Mandela.

As a freedom fighter, statesman, and ambassador of peace, President Mandela set an example for millions of people to emulate.  His passion for others and his demonstrated ability to bring people together endeared him to people from every culture.  His position of non-violence even in the midst of turbulent times set him apart and elevated his prominence as a world leader.  There can be no better example of his universal respect than his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

He served the people not only of South Africa, but of every nation.  Even after he left the office of President, he remained at the forefront of civil rights.  He belonged to the world, and the world will miss him.

It is the fervent hope of Lions Clubs International and our members in 208 countries that Nelson Mandela’s platform of peace will continue to influence world leaders and usher in a millennium of peace and understanding.



Barry J. Palmer

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LQ: Rain Barrels Help Protect Water Quality

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Many of our Lions clubs make providing reliable access to clean water a priority. In Maryland, the signature service project of the Bowie Lions Club also conserves water…

LQ: Lions Are Fighting Global Hunger

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Throughout the world, Lions are making a difference by feeding the hungry. Our clubs organize food drives, support…

Lions in Action: Conserving & Cleaning Water

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, and it is plagued by pollutants. After a storm, the water that runs off house rooftops can…

Story of the Week: Lions in Maryland Help the Environment with Rain Barrels

Friday, December 16, 2011

Conserving water and preventing pollution from contaminating water sources are problems that many Lions clubs are addressing. In Bowie, Maryland, a rain barrel project is also raising community…