The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared that the theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.” Part of protecting our environment is taking on the responsibility in proper management of our natural resources. During our Centennial Service Challenge, Lions have a special opportunity to raise environmental awareness in their communities. Consider projects such as:
Report your club’s World Environment Day activities to MyLCI to receive centennial recognition, and don’t forget to share pictures and videos on social media!
What is your club doing to celebrate World Environment Day?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process of acquiring the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage emotions, achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy, maintain healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Lions Quest is Lions Clubs International Foundation’s (LCIF) comprehensive youth development program for teaching SEL, character education, bullying prevention, drug awareness, and service-learning.
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the nation’s leading organization advancing the development of academic, social and emotional competence for all students. CASEL helps make evidence-based SEL an integral part of education from preschool through high school.Throughresearch, practice and policy, CASEL collaborates to ensure all students become knowledgeable, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.
CASEL has just released its 2015 CASEL Guide: Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs—Middle and High School Edition, which rates well-designed, evidence-based social and emotional learning programs used in middle and high schools. Lions Quest: Skills for Adolescence is one of only nine programs of the 380 reviewed that received top honors, earning a spot on the Guide’s “SELect” list, meaning they had demonstrated positive effects, such as improved academics and reduced problem behavior.
Lions Quest features three developmentally appropriate program levels—Skills for Growing (grades K-5), Skills for Adolescence (grades 6-8), and Skills for Action (grades 9-12)—that promote a caring, safe, well-managed, and participatory learning environment and allows students to develop 21st century life skills.
For information on how your club can help launch Lions Quest in your area, send an email to email@example.com.
All nine clubs from a zone in Minnesota joined together to tackle two large projects in one weekend. Their first project consisted of planting different grasses and plants along the banks of the river to help prevent erosion. The second project focused on relieving the hunger in their community. The clubs packed 10,000 bags of macaroni and cheese mix. These packaged bags were then sent to their local food pantry. For one club, these projects might have seemed overwhelming, but when Lions come together, there’s nothing they can’t do!
Check out the video above and see how Minnesota Lions team up to address issues such as erosion and hunger in their community. You can watch the entire April Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.
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 May 2015, LCIF provided 6 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$55,000.
These grants are addressing immediate needs in:
El Salvador, District D-2
$5,000 for tidal wave relief
Honduras, District D-6
$10,000 for tidal wave relief
Tanzania, District 411-B
$10,000 for tornado relief
Texas, USA, District 2-S3
$10,000 for flood relief
Mexico, District B-3
$10,000 for tornado relief
Texas, USA, District 2-S2
$10,000 for flood relief
“I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness,” Helen Keller addressed to the Lions at the International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in 1925. The video above is a reenactment of her speech from the 1925 convention.
Helen Keller was born in 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At 18 months of age, she developed a fever that left her both deaf and blind. With the help of her teacher, Anne Sullivan, Helen learned to use sign language and read braille. A few years later, she learned to speak.
In 1915, Helen Keller founded the American Foundation for Overseas Blind, Inc, (known today as Helen Keller International) which helped blind World War I veterans adjust to their loss of vision. Throughout much of her adult life, Helen Keller was an advocate for helping people with disabilities.
In 1971, the Lions Clubs International Board of Directors established that June 1st would forever be recognized as Helen Keller Day.
What sight-related project is your club organizing to celebrate Helen Keller Day?
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