In the October LION, meet some 60-year Lions who made Lionism what it is today, read highlights from the 98th International Convention in Honolulu and find out how Lions are closing the technology gap for the visually impaired.
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The Leo to Lion Spotlight will feature former Leos who have chosen to continue serving their communities as Lions to inspire other Leos to follow in their footsteps and join a Lions club. The first spotlight is on Lion Rafael “Zullu” Moreira. Rafael learned about the Leo Club Program through an invitation from a friend, and was a member of the Gama Omega Leo Club for 13 years. In May, he decided to become a Lion and joined the Gama Lions Club.
To me, being a Leo was not only about doing charity and promoting philanthropy, but also about taking the responsibility to challenge our society, promote the rights we have as citizens and better our lives. Leos are not only a group of young people; they are an immeasurable movement that respects others and their rights as human beings. Youth are the vision of the future.
I decided to become a Lion so that I could continue working with the Leo Club Program and so that future youth will also have the vision to join a Lions Club. Above all, I get to continue serving others with love, humility, joy and dedication.
The best thing about being a Lion is that Lions serve unselfishly, foster leadership and promote social ideals.
My advice to Leos is to learn what you can about becoming a Lion so that you can be a leader, assist with the Leo Club Program and create local opportunities for service. Also, never stop being humble and wise, which is what makes a great Lion.
If you are a former Leo and would like to be featured in the Leo to Lion Spotlight, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a recent trip to Peru, Brazil and Belize, I had the honor of seeing many Lions and Leos in action. And they are doing great work!
With help from a Lions Clubs International (LCIF) seed grant, Leos near Lima are spearheading an effort to provide safety, rehabilitation, job training and hope to young victims of human trafficking and their babies. Lions Quest, LCIF’s social-emotional learning program for children, is active in 30 schools in Peru!
I visited an eye bank in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, that LCIF and Lions have supported for many years. When I visited an eye hospital in Passo Fundo, Brazil, some children even surprised me with a song.
I am so proud of all the great work Lions around the world are doing each and every day. Remember to share your clubs’ great work so Lions know about the service you are providing in your community.
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Read the rest of the September LCIF newsletter here.
As the refugee crisis continues to intensify, Lions around the world are growing more concerned. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has approved US$200,000 to help Lions address the needs of refugees in host countries.
The Lions of Sweden and Turkey are already hard at work providing relief materials to refugees near the Greece/Turkey border. Nearly 2,000 refugees have received diapers, hygiene supplies, food and other supplies.
If your District or Multiple District is interested in aiding refugees, you can contact LCIF to find out how to request funds for local relief projects. Such projects might provide clothing, food, toiletries, and infant supplies or even address extended medical needs.
October 1 is the deadline for Lions clubs to order a Peace Poster Contest kit from Club Supplies (Item Search: Peace Poster Kit). This year’s theme is “Share Peace.”
Sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest for a local school or youth group is a great way for Lions to engage young people in their communities — encouraging children to use art to express their thoughts on peace. The results are beautiful, and the impact made on children’s lives and values even more so.
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The Weil am Rhein Leo Club in Germany had a great 2012. Activities included airplane flights, a houseboat trip, a summer camp for kids, a horse-drawn caravan ride…
Few organizations have the vision of LCIF. When Helen Keller challenged Lions Clubs International in 1925 to lead the cause of preserving and restoring sight, few could have…