We’re excited to finally announce the winners for Lions Clubs International’s first ever social media photo contest held in honor of #MatteosDream.
In December, we asked Lions to share photos on Facebook and Instagram that show how your club makes dreams come true. The responses were great, and choosing a winner was no easy task!
Without further ado… here are the winners:
Submitted by: Sarah Hamby
Submitted by: Lion Yashwant Singh Sengar
Congratulations to all of our winners and a special congratulations to Lions Build Matteo’s Dream for winning the Tournament Special Trophy in this year’s Rose Parade. Be sure to check out the behind the scenes photos here.
Thank you all for your help sharing #MatteosDream!
The January 2014 issue of Lions Quarterly includes a segment that features Lions in Wisconsin and their first-ever statewide project. The Stuff the Bus project collects school supplies and books for students — helping local children get ready and get excited for school. More than 75 Lions clubs worked together with their families, friends and community members to collect nearly US$150,000 worth of school supplies.
Watch the video above to learn more about the project, and see how Lions used local media outlets and Facebook to get the word out.
How does your Lions club help students in your community?
When you organize a Lions club service activity that is meaningful to your community, you can make a more significant impact on the people you serve. Whether you’re just getting started or your club is in need of a fresh plan of action, here are some steps to help guide you through the process of organizing a meaningful, effective service project.
Ask your club members the following questions:
Following the discussion, identify and rank the top five features and top five improvements to consider.
Further discuss possible projects and identify three to five club opportunities. Set up task forces, or committees, to research each project further. Task force members should collect ideas for implementation, discuss possible action steps and recruit interested Lions.
Make the necessary contacts in the community to find out more about your opportunity, and consider asking the following questions:
Communicate with your contacts closely and remember to keep an open mind!
Develop a written plan that includes goals and objectives, time frame, and people and resources needed.
Involve your members and reward their successes along the way. Include progress reports in club newsletters and meetings. When the project is complete, take a moment to review the actions, including what worked and what didn’t work, and identify ways to improve for the next project.
Do you have any tips, success stories or ideas for planning a meaningful service activity project? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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