LCIF Provides Emergency/Disaster Relief Grants in December 2014

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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).

In December 2014, LCIF provided LCIF logo8 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$70,000.

These grants are adressing meet immediate needs in:

Cape Verde, District 403-A1
$10,000 for volcano relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
$5,000 for typhoon relief

Indonesia, District 307-B2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Morocco, District 416
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-B1
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-B2
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-C1
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-B1
$5,000 for typhoon relief

*Emergency grants listed by date approved.

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. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

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Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions Honor Melvin Jones

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SAM_2380This week, we celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI). It has been nearly 100 years since Melvin Jones first encouraged people to address the needs of their communities and the world, and I know he would be proud of what Lions have accomplished.

As your clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week and the Worldwide Week of Service to honor Melvin Jones, I encourage you to think of all the lives you can impact now and throughout the entire year. Your club might host vision
screenings, sponsor a food drive, host a highway cleanup, or paint a playground; the possibilities for service are endless—and so are the lives we can touch. However you choose to serve, know that you are making a positive difference every day, all year long.

I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. We give sight, support youth, provide disaster relief and improve communities only because of your generosity and selfless giving. Thank you for your support of LCIF.

Melvin Jones once said, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” Look how far we have come!


Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Read the January LION Magazine

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Happy New Year—Happy New LION!

Check out the newly redesigned look of LION Magazine, launched in the January issue. Also, find out how Alaska Lions brought a world of reading to the island nation of Tonga, learn about the importance of Lions’ traditions and see how clubs are using eye-catching collection boxes to spur eyeglass donations.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch a Pennsylvania club’s fun promotional video, read stories of Christmas past and view the Higher Key Award recipients.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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Happy Birthday Melvin Jones

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Today we celebrate the birth of our founder, Melvin Jones, who was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona. As a young man, Melvin moved to Chicago where he formed his own insurance agency in 1913. Soon after, he joined the Business Circle and was elected secretary. It was during his time with the Business Circle that he thought about using their talents to improve the community.

On June 7, 1917, Melvin invited similar luncheon clubs to join him in Chicago. It was there that he proposed the idea of a service oriented organization and Lions Clubs International was born.

In honor of Melvin Jones, we have encouraged Lions to participate in the Worldwide Week of Service extending from January 10th– 16th. Be sure to use the hashtag #LIONS100 when posting pictures or videos on social media sites so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.

What is your club doing to celebrate Melvin’s birthday?

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Leos Team up With Special Olympics Athletes in South Africa

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The longstanding partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Special Olympics is expanding. Beyond vision screenings and prescription eyeglasses, this five-year expansion, known as “Mission: Inclusion,” will create programs to support acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities within their communities.

Leos have an important role to play in this expanded partnership, which focuses on the Special Olympics program known as Unified Sports®. By teaming up with Special Olympics athletes to train and compete in various sports, Leos are leading by example.  Both Leos and Special Olympics athletes improve their physical fitness, better their skills and learn the value of acceptance and inclusion. The goals of Unified Sports are to equalize the ability level of Special Olympics athletes with their partners and to promote inclusion through team practice and competition.

South Africa serves as one of the pilots for the Special Olympics–LCI “Mission: Inclusion” partnership around Unified Sports. Recently, Leos in South Africa participated in a Unified Bowling project with Special Olympics South Africa. Lions clubs and Leos around the world are spreading the message of inclusion!

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Photo credit Special Olympics Inc.

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