Lions Clubs International

Superstorm Sandy: One Year Later

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Just one year ago, the Caribbean and East Coast of the United States were hit by Superstorm Sandy, a powerful, deadly and destructive hurricane.

As soon as possible, Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided disaster relief. LCIF immediately awarded a $100,000 Major Catastrophe Grant with money from the disaster relief fund, allowing Lions in affected areas to immediately begin providing assistance.

In addition to the Major Catastrophe Grant, LCIF has mobilized $640,000 in Emergency Grants and designated donations to areas impacted by the storm, thanks to generous donors. With these funds, Lions were able to provide meals, water, blankets, medicine, hygiene kits and more to people who lost their homes.

As long-term relief efforts continue in some of the areas hardest hit, Lions continue to make a difference:

  • The Flatlands Lions Club/District 20-K1 in New York, USA, received a $40,000 LCIF grant and have partnered with the Gerritsen Beach Cares Long Term Recovery program to help the elderly, infirm and residents/families with the greatest economic hardship to rebuild their homes.

    “Thanks to LCI for helping to support this invaluable effort and for making a difference in the lives of many Gerritsen Beach families…We will continue to help until the job is done.” – Flatlands Lions Club/District 20-K1

  • The Long Beach Lions Club (New York) is helping the Long Beach Food & Friendship Inn resume normal operations. Known as “the Soup Kitchen,” it has been serving meals on a daily basis to people in need since 1983. The Soup Kitchen sustained major damage after the storm. With a grant of $47,314, Lions are replacing commercial equipment, repairing the dining room floor and purchasing additional food.
  • The Lions of New Jersey (USA) are making home repairs for low income individuals who had no insurance and have not received any Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds. Focusing on the Jersey Shore community, Lions and non-Lions volunteers will be making basic repairs to make homes habitable again through a $100,000 grant.
  • The Brooklyn Transition Lions Club, Multiple District 20 (New York), is using an $88,000 grant to provide New Church International with a transport van, equipment for the pantry, commercial appliances, shelving and flooring. This source of community assistance served 4,000 people per day (1,000 families of four) before Superstorm Sandy hit. Post-disaster, service decreased to approximately 2,400 people per day. The Lions are helping New Church International return to full capacity.
  • The Brigantine Lions Club, District 16-C (New Jersey) is using a $90,000 grant to assist the Brigantine Island community with housing repairs. These repairs are helping people with no insurance who did not receive FEMA aid. All of the labor is volunteer labor – Lions and non-Lions.

The November digital LION Magazine features videos of the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy and the wonderful service provided by Lions. You can also see videos of how other Lions across the globe are responding to disaster every day, from Lions in Australia to to California. Just click the video icons in the digital magazine to view.

Thank you, Lions and LCIF, for being there when your community needs you most!

Photo credit: Dan Morris

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Lions Clubs International

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Towcester and District Lions Club support Dyslexia Awareness Week.
  • ALABAMA, USA: Montgomery Lions Club hosts cooking contest to raise funds for service projects.
  • AUSTRALIA: Lions Club of Austinmer/Thirroul step up to help brave young girl with rare disease.
  • MONTANA, USA: The Missoula Downtown Lions Club raise money for new vision testing equipment to help thousands of kids.
  • AUSTRALIA: Port Lincoln Lions Club partners with Filipino Health Professionals and Friends International Association for Walk to Cure Diabetes event.
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Lions Clubs International

Follow Your Dream Children’s Video Project

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Literacy and education play a huge role in children’s ability to follow their dreams. Yet 61 million primary school age children around the world are not able to obtain an education. That’s why Lions everywhere are so dedicated to increasing global literacy.

The Follow Your Dream Children’s Video Project focuses on the importance of child literacy by asking children about their own dreams and thoughts on education.

You can participate by taking a two-minute (max) video of a child and asking him or her the following questions:

  • What is your dream for the future?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Why is education important to you?

Then, upload your video to YouTube and send the link, along with the Child Video Authorization Form, to Your video may be featured in a special Lions Clubs YouTube playlist and shared through our social media channels.

For more detailed guidelines, along with the authorization form, download the Follow Your Dream Children’s Video PDF.

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Lions Clubs International President Barry Palmer

Palmer’s Blog: Follow Me on Social Media

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One of the the things I love about the power of social media is how it allows me to connect with Lions worldwide every day! Whether I’m at a board meeting in Australia or visiting the site of next year’s convention in Toronto, I’m always chatting with Lions from across the globe to tell them what I’m up to and encourage them to follow their dreams.

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation, and to see photos of my travels visiting Lions everywhere.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to create a Facebook and Twitter page for your Lions club. Social media is a wonderful way to keep your members updated and spread the Lions message across the community.

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Lions Clubs International

Extend Your Membership Month!

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The October Membership Growth Month may be ending soon, but inviting new members is a year-round process. New members help ensure continued growth and success, and they increase your club’s ability to provide valuable service to your community.

It’s the responsibility of all Lions to invite new members, but your club membership chairperson can play an important role in your ongoing membership efforts. Your membership chairperson can help your club effectively recruit new members and increase the membership satisfaction of all members, whether new or seasoned.

Make sure your chairperson has a copy of the new Club Membership Chairperson Guide so your club can make every month a membership month!


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