Lions Clubs International
Jan
27

#MatteosDream Photo Contest Winners

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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:

Facebook Winner #1

Lions Clubs InternationalBest Photo

Submitted by: Sarah Hamby

Facebook Winner #2

Lions Clubs InternationalMost “Likes” on Facebook

Submitted by: Lion Yashwant Singh Sengar

Instagram Winner

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!

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Lions Clubs International
Jan
24

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • TANZANIA: LCIF grant enables child-to-child eye screening training project, which trains children to test the eyes of peers, family and community members.
  • INDIA: Lions Club of Central Madras District 324 A1 opens a digital library to encourage students to go beyond textbook learning.
  • NEBRASKA, USA: A Sensory Courtyard  will benefit children with special needs by stimulating all five senses through hands-on educational experiences, thanks to a grant from LCIF.
  • IRELAND: For more than 60 years, the Dublin Lions Club holds special event for homeless and elderly people in the community.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Lions donate £6,000 to provide new lights for local air ambulance.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Jan
23

LQ: Lions Stuff the Bus

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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?

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Lions Clubs International
Jan
22

Plan Meaningful Service Projects

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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.

Step #1: Make a list of possible programs.

Ask your club members the following questions:

  • What do you like about your community?
  • What do you want to improve in the community?
  • What kinds of skills, resources, people and funding is required for the improvements you want to make?

Following the discussion, identify and rank the top five features and top five improvements to consider.

Step #2: Appoint task forces.

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.

Step #3: Conduct research.

Make the necessary contacts in the community to find out more about your opportunity, and consider asking the following questions:

  • Do you think this project will help the community?
  • How do you think the improvement could be made?
  • What resources do you have to help make the improvement?
  • Are there other needs you think the club should consider?

Communicate with your contacts closely and remember to keep an open mind!

Step #4: Write a plan.

Develop a written plan that includes goals and objectives, time frame, and people and resources needed.

Step #5: Implement the plan!

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.

Download the complete Guide to Club Project Development.

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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Lions Clubs International
Jan
21

Your Feedback: Involving Family in Service

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We asked, and you answered!

Why do you think it’s important to involve your families in service?

  • Holly Golembiewski – My Dad inspired me to be a Lion. I remember him doing so much for the Lions club when I was young. I didn’t know what it was all about at the time, but as I got older, I learned about Lions and all the good they do for so many people, many of whom cannot do for themselves. It’s the most humble thing someone can do… I became a member when I was a freshman in college, and that was over 15 years ago. My Dad is a member over 33 years ago. It’s a family tradition.
  • Joanne Dye – All my girls have become volunteers because their parents have always been volunteers in our community. Parents set the example.
  • Alishia Goodridge – It allows your family to see you truly at work, serving someone outside of their basic & daily needs. The spirit of giving is contagious and allows friends & family that are not Lions to see the blessing of giving in its truest form.
  • Péter Koleszár – My father is founder of one of the oldest club in Hungary. I’m also member in a club. My wife member of an other club, and my children are on the best way to join to the Leos…
  • Parvathy Viswanath – When the family knows and attends our projects, they understand and appreciate why my Lions club is important to me. Their positive feeling and support helps us to work more for the cause.
  • Aaron De La Torre – Our 5 year old daughter has been helping with the customer service at our BBQ events since she was 3. I think it’s important to instill the values of community service in them young. It’s also a great way for them to spend half a day with their Lions friends and builds their confidence to speak to new people.
  • Nial Beaton – I have been in the Lions Family since age 12. I have grown and developed as a person because of my involvement. I would definetely encourage anyone, not only my kids, to serve . I am still a Lion after 22 years.
  • Bruce Brankle – My children learned that they really do have it better than a lot of other people. They have become caring, understanding adults, and I contribute a great deal of their success to the Lions Family that helped my wife and I to raise them. I didn’t fall into the Lions club, but was raised by parents that were active in the organization. This will likely become a generational experience as my children are now starting families of their own.
  • Vijish Nair – My dad and mom were both Lions when I was a kid. I was a regular attendee of all service projects — at that age it was a fun outing for me . However, as years passed by I became a Leo , and I understood how we can bring a change to the people near our locality through Lionism. Now that I am a Lion member and I have a kid, its really an awesome experience spreading smiles to the needy with our family.
  • North Hardin Lions Club – To set the example for your children and grandchildren. This will inspire them to want to make their communities and the world a better place to live. Also, it gives you another opportunity to bond with your family with all the distractions in our society today.

Join the conversation! Leave a comment below about the importance of involving family in your Lions club’s service activities.

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