Aug
13

Preston’s Blog: Nourishing Children

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Here is a great video about the importance of nourishing children with nutritious foods, especially in their first 1,000 days — from a mother’s pregnancy to the child’s 2nd birthday. With the right nutrition, children can learn better and lead healthier lives.

This year, I’m encouraging Lions to serve children in their communities. Providing healthy meals to children is just one way your club can make a difference. Possible projects include implementing a school backpack program that brings kids home with books and healthy snacks, or donating food to families in need. Feeding projects also count toward our Centennial Service Challenge goal, in which Lions everywhere are working toward serving 100 million people by 2017.

Let’s make an impact!

 

Your International President,

Joe Preston

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Lions Clubs International - Ask One
Aug
11

Ask One Works!

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Just imagine if every Lion asked just one person to join their club…

That’s what Susan Dailey asked her club members to do with great results! As president of the McLeansville Lions Club in North Carolina, Susan encouraged each member to ask one person to the club’s monthly dinner meeting. Did it work? Absolutely!

Nine prospective members attended that evening — six are returning for another meeting and one has already filled out an application to join.

McLeansville Lions Club

According to Susan, her goal this year was to increase membership in her club by 10%, and says they are already well on their way to exceeding her goal.

Continue to encourage your members to invite a friend, a neighbor, or a relative to attend your next meeting. Start today…and Ask One!

Has your club invited new members this year? Send us your success stories and photos to AskOne@lionsclubs.org.

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Aug
8

LCIF Provides Emergency Grants in July 2014

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LCIF logoIn July 2014, LCIF provided 12 emergency grants totaling US$105,000.

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).

These grants are helping to meet crucial immediate needs in:

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

Canada, District 5-SKS
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-2
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKN
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 318-D
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 334-E
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-2
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 332-E
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-C
$5,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 323-D2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Romania, District 124
$10,000 for flood relief

* Emergency grants listed by date approved.

LCIF has also approved a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$250,000 to provide relief for the Zhaotong earthquake in China. These funds will help Lions provide immediate relief and long-term recovery. You can read a message from LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer on the LCI blog, or make a donation to the LCIF Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for your support.

At the heart of LCIF’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach. Learn more about grants recently awarded and the LCIF emergency grant program on the LCIF website.

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Lions Clubs International Convention 2011
Aug
7

Leo Club Advisory Panel

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Nominations for the Leo Club Advisory Panel are due to International Headquarters by August 15!

The Leo Club Advisory Panel is comprised of two Leos and two Lions from each constitutional area and the continent of Africa. Panel members are ambassadors of the Leo Club Program in their regions. They act as representatives of the Leos and Lions in their constitutional areas, provide feedback and input on Leo-related issues, and support the Youth Programs Department in matters affecting Leos.

Nominate a voice for the Leos in your area, and join an ongoing conversation that works toward improving Leo clubs everywhere.

 

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Lions Clubs International
Aug
6

Preston’s Blog: First Visit to Lions HQ

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Hello from Lions Clubs International Headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, for my first visit as International President! I arrived at the office on Monday, where LCI staff gave me and Joni a warm welcome. We enjoyed a barbecue lunch, and I was able to meet so many of the wonderful employees that help clubs all over the world serve their communities better. So much attention and thought goes into planning service programs, recruiting members and sharing Lions stories, and I’m excited to get to work closer with these fine folks over the next year.

Your International President,

Joe Preston

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Videos

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LQ: Lions in India Foster the Kids of Prisoners

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Our clubs fill the needs of communities around the world, ranging from providing training to at-risk teens to securing access to clean water. In India, Lions work to ensure…

Lions in California Work with the Community to Beautify a School

Friday, February 17, 2012

Our Lion and Leo clubs work to improve their communities in 206 countries and geographic areas around the world. The Downtown Long Beach Lions Club partnered with community…

Judges Meet in Chicago to Select 2012 Peace Poster Contest Winners

Friday, February 3, 2012

On January 26, members of Chicago’s art, education, peace, media and youth communities gathered at the Loyola University Museum of Art to judge the international level of the…