Palmer’s Blog: The Hart Walker

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Lions: Hello from Australia! I’m here in Port Douglas for the Lions International Board of Directors meeting, and I just wanted to drop in and share an image, below, from our opening meeting on October 6. That’s Jessie, a young girl who, with the help of the Hart Walker, is following her dream of being able to walk.

Hart Walkers are one of the signature projects of Australian Lions. The first time I saw a child with disabilities empowered by the Hart Walker, my heart nearly melted. I feel the same way every single time I see children take their first steps in a Hart Walker. When I first saw the effect this amazing device had on children, that was the day I truly became a Lion.

Watch the video above to learn more about the Hart Walker and Freedom Wheels, two devices that allow children who lack mobility the opportunity to walk and ride a bike.

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Jessie demonstrates her Hart Walker to the Board. Watched by the Governor of Queensland and her mum and dad.

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Club Excellence Process

Build Membership Through Club Excellence!

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Successful clubs are in the best position to recruit and retain new members. The Club Excellence Process (CEP) is one of the most effective ways to keep your club on track for growth and success. CEP gives you the tools to strengthen your service, improve club effectiveness and enhance your membership experience.

We’ve made it even easier to participate in the program by offering two versions of CEP to choose from:

CEP proCEP Pro is designed for clubs that would like to have a trained Lion facilitator to come in and guide members through the workshop.

CEP Lite

CEP Lite is for clubs that would prefer to have a member of their club lead the workshop.

More than 2,000 clubs have registered for CEP since July. Your club will even be recognized with a banner patch when you complete CEP and submit a brief half-page report to LCI.  Share the CEP Overview at your next club meeting, and decide which version is right for your club. Learn more about CEP Today!

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Read the October LION Magazine

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If you weren’t among the 25,000 Lions and guests who attended the International Convention in July, a photo-filled recap in the October LION is the next best thing to being there. Also, learn about clubs that are taking on extraordinary projects and a pharmacist who defines the spirit of Lionism in a small Colorado town.

Also in this issue:

In the digital LION, meet the 17 international directors elected in Hamburg, read the full speeches made, see the International Contest results and watch a video from the convention.

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

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Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • SOUTH AFRICA: Lions and Leos in South Africa team up with LCIF to provide health screenings for Special Olympians.
  • NEW YORK, USA: New York Lions and LCIF to introduce Lions Quest program to help local students.
  • KENYA: Lions in Kenya helping to provide free eye surgeries for local residents.
  • AUSTRALIA: Smiles and tears as Eliza takes her first tentative steps thanks to Winston Hills Lions Club.
  • VIRGINIA, USA: Sterling Lions Club’s used eyeglasses project helps women in Dominican Republic.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Celebrate International Day of the Girl

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October 11 is International Day of the Girl, declared by the United Nations. This year’s theme is “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” A strong education is critical to the future of young girls across the globe, as it can help lift them out of poverty and give them the skills, resources and motivation needed to follow their dreams.

Celebrate through the Reading Action Program

We encourage Lions everywhere to participate in International Day of the Girl by organizing Reading Action Program projects that focus on girls’ education. Examples of projects and activities include:

  • Read to young girls at a local school, library or children’s center.
  • Collect and donate books to families and children.
  • Organize a reading program that invites young mothers to read with their children.

Girl Rising

Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking film that tells the extraordinary stories of nine young girls around the world, and focuses on the power of education to change the world. You can arrange a screening in your community to help raise awareness of the importance of girls’ education. Find out how to host a screening through the Girl Rising Screening Kit.

How does your Lions club help young girls in your community receive the education they deserve?

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