Lions World Lunch Relay
Mar
25

We’re Ready for the Lunch Relay…Are You?

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We’re hosting a special International Headquarters event for the Lions World Lunch Relay on Friday, April 4th. Our staff will gather for coffee and cake to celebrate this unique event that is bringing Lions around the world together. In the spirit of service, we’re also collecting household paper products for a local community center to help our neighbors in need.

The Lions World Lunch Relay is the perfect opportunity to showcase your club to potential new members. So join us, and thousands of Lions clubs around the world, on April 4th!

Don’t miss out on the biggest event of the year…register your club today!

register-now-blueShare a Photo of Your Lunch Event!

Once you register, make sure you share a photo of your lunch event. Show us how your club celebrated the day and you may see it on LCI’s Facebook page! There are two easy ways to share your photo:

1. Post a photo to Facebook with your smartphone using the hashtag #LCIWorldLunch. The hashtag will help us find your post and share it on our official Facebook page. Be sure to include your club name and your country in the post.

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2. Email us your favorite photo!  Send us your best photo to lunchrelay@lionsclubs.org. Be sure to include your club name and country in the email so we can recognize your club’s participation.

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Mar
24

Convention Registration Discounts End Soon!

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There is still one week left to take advantage of the discounted convention registration fees! Register by March 31 for the regular registration fee of US$150. Starting April 1 and through onsite registration, fees will be US$170.

register-now-blueThis year’s convention will be held from July 4 – 8, 2014 in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Watch the video above to see what’s in store for Lions, and check out the links below for more information about planning your trip. We’re expecting you in Toronto!

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Mar
22

Celebrate #WorldWaterDay!

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World Water Day is an opportunity for Lions to focus attention on and raise awareness of the importance of fresh water across the globe. When Lions everywhere commit to a water project in their community — whether providing water pumps to people in need, raising funds to help a village on the other side of the world have access to clean water, or building rain barrels for community members to conserve water and protect the environment (a project featured in the video above) — Lions can truly make a global impact.

Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded $3.7M for 127 clean water related projects, including water pumps, irrigation, water therapy, purification systems, potable water and countless water wells primarily in developing regions. LCIF has awarded another $353,000 for 19 sanitation related projects.

How does your club take action to address the global water crisis?

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Lions Clubs International
Mar
21

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • INDIA: Lions provide 100 sewing machines to the needy and physically handicapped women, as well as two computers to an organization that helps educate women.
  • NEW ZEALAND: Orewa Lions’ new fundraiser recycles old batteries and uses the money to support children with disabilities.
  • CANADA: Borden Lions event encourages young people to speak out.
  • MALAYSIA: Lions Club of Georgetown Perdana donates 350 books for a new library at the Community-Based Rehabilitation for the Deaf Penang.
  • SRI LANKA: Mahabage Lions Club donates eyeglasses, school supplies and more to local students.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Mar
20

Through Tragedy, True Friends Discovered

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Leanne Camilleri will always remember February 7, 2009 as Black Friday—the day she was among the 7,562 Australians displaced from their homes from the continent’s most destructive string of bushfires. Scorching temperatures, high winds and low humidity ignited the fires that destroyed over 1.1 million acres of land and injured or killed hundreds of people. The community of Marysville in Victoria was virtually destroyed in 26 minutes. All but 14 of the town’s 400 buildings were consumed, leaving those who survived with nothing.

An epicenter of activity and hope

“The state just erupted in fire. It was so hot that the iron on the roof was melting in pools.  Engines in cars were melting. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen and nothing I ever want to see again,” said David Jones, Melbourne Lions Club. Amidst the smoke and with the assistance of US$130,000 in major catastrophe and emergency grants awarded by the Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions stepped up immediately with generous donations of supplies and the creation of a relief distribution center to help people like Camilleri.

Reaching remote Marysville was challenging, but Lions worked non-stop, overcoming many obstacles to make sure that donations reached those who needed them. “When you go from absolutely nothing to within a couple of weeks we’re comfortable, we’re feeling quite overwhelmed by all of that,” said Christine Adams, fire victim and Lion.

Starting over, but not alone

“It’s very hard to describe how you’re feeling, that you’re walking out of something and you have just lost everything.  It wasn’t until people started ringing us and said, ‘Well, look, the Lions can help you out.’ I can’t get over the generosity of people.  It’s not just simply, ‘we’re giving you something.’ But they’re also giving us part of themselves as well.  I can’t thank them enough,” Camilleri explained.

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Videos

Story of the Week: Lions in Maryland Help the Environment with Rain Barrels

Friday, December 16, 2011

Conserving water and preventing pollution from contaminating water sources are problems that many Lions clubs are addressing. In Bowie, Maryland, a rain barrel project is also raising community…

Story of the Week: Lions in Canada Host Kayaking Event to Support Dog Guides

Friday, December 9, 2011

Our clubs choose many causes to champion throughout the year. In Canada, the Gravenhurst Lions Club hosts fundraisers in support of the Dog Guides Program of Lions Foundation…

High-Flying Lions Fundraiser in Texas Brings Together Community

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our clubs around the world organize a variety of fundraisers that gather their neighbors for a common cause, from preserving vision to raising awareness for diabetes. Our film…

Lions in Japan Rally Community Support to Keep a River Clean and Beautiful

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lions around the world work on projects aimed at protecting our environment. Our film crew visited Nagoya, Japan, to see how Lions there lead the way in keeping…