A growing commitment to LCIF
Although Justiniano had been a Lion for many years, he became familiar with LCIF’s work during his year as district governor. “I learned about the many grant programs that LCIF has to extend the reach of districts and clubs and their service projects. Then as an international director, I learned how LCIF helps Lions all over the world. During a visit to Kenya, I saw with my own eyes people who walked 20 – 30 miles to get assistance at the Lions hospital there. The gratitude in their smiles convinced me of the importance of LCIF,” he said.
Wishing to increase his dedication to LCIF, Justiniano became a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow (PMJF). After giving an initial US$1,000 donation to become a Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF), Lions can extend their commitment with additional PMJF gifts of up to US$100,000. At each US$1,000 level, Lions receive a unique pin.
Inspiring other Lions
Because he wants other Lions to join the three generations of his family who are now MJFs, Justiniano has even helped other Lions reach this goal. “I believe that a Lion is a more complete part of the Lion family when he or she is a Melvin Jones Fellow. As I traveled to Lions events, I made this offer: I would donate US$200 toward a person’s MJF if that person would promise to complete the donation with US$800. In this way, I helped Lions in seven or eight different countries to become MJFs.”
Justiniano recognizes that LCIF helps extend Lions’ reach across the globe, while bringing the world a little closer together. “It is important to remember that LCIF helps us to serve beyond our local community. LCIF also helps us to serve our local community when we need it most.”
Past International Director
Mayaguez Lions Club
District 51-O, Puerto Rico