Before we left Iceland, we had the great honor of meeting with President Ólafur Grímsson of Iceland at his official residence, Bessastadir. The president greeted Joni and me and the leaders of Lions in Iceland and then we sat down to discuss how Lions have been—and will continue to contribute to—making a difference in their community.
President Grímsson commended Lions for strengthening the commitment to voluntary work and cooperation in his country. He remembered how Lions were organized in Iceland in 1951, at a period when there were a number of divisive issues in the country. He said that Lions reached out to people in different communities, with different perspectives and from opposing camps and helped to bring them all together.
He also recognized Lions for their support of the University Hospital and for the other important Lions projects, many of which we visited.
We spent a productive hour talking with President Grímsson about Lions activities around the world, needs for community support in Iceland and the importance of volunteers everywhere.
Thank you to the Lions of Iceland for arranging the visit, for organizing Lions World Sight Day and for their many projects that we visited that contribute to improving the life of everyone.
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The Norwalk Lions Club of California, USA, presented “White Cane Days” on October 11, 2014. The long white cane is a symbol of independence and is used by those who are blind or visually impaired. It is a tool for safety, especially in traffic situations.
The Lions offered information about the history of the white cane and distributed free eye glass applications. Free eye screening, as well as Diabetes testing, was provided by the Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit of Southern California. You can follow the Norwalk Lions on Facebook to learn more about the success of their project.
With World Sight Day and White Cane Day having taken place earlier this month, Lions are organizing projects to support the fight against blindness. Vision projects fall under the Sharing the Vision campaign. By taking part in this campaign, Lions are helping us reach our goal for the Centennial Service Challenge –serving 100 million people by 2017. Clubs are asked to record their activities on MyLCI, and are encouraged to share their pictures on social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 when posting so that other clubs can see how you are making an impact.
How is your club participating in the Sharing the Vision Campaign?
When we put our hearts into service, there’s nothing we can’t accomplish. Just ask Special Olympics athletes and their families in over 80 countries who have benefited from “Mission: Inclusion,” the global partnership between Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) and Special Olympics.
Since 2001, Special Olympics has partnered with Lions around the world to provide health education to families and caretakers of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Now you can add one more country to the list of countries participating in “Mission: Inclusion.”
On Saturday, September 6, Lions in Kenya met with Lions First Vice President Jitsuhiro Yamada and representatives from Special Olympics Kenya to sign a memorandum of understanding introducing the partnership to the people of Kenya.
By signing the MOU, Lions in Kenya pledge to support the growth of Opening Eyes, LCIF’s vision care partnership program with Special Olympics, and ensure high quality screening and follow-up care is provided to the families and caretakers of individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Kenya.
This support includes engaging Leo youth volunteers throughout the country in the Special Olympics inclusive sports model, and supporting the creation of Special Olympics-focused Lions Clubs integrating athletes into local Lions Clubs through the “Invite an Athlete” campaign.
Lions in Kenya hope to provide increased service and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families by engaging at least 100 Lions Clubs volunteers in Opening Eyes events and Family Health Forums throughout the year. In doing so, the expanded program will provide an estimated 500 athletes a year with quality vision screenings and follow-up care.
In addition, the global partnership seeks to build on previous successes by mobilizing local Leos and Lions Clubs volunteers to hold at least one Unified Sports match bringing together Leos and Special Olympics Kenya athletes. Because everyone, regardless of where they’re from or what they do, should be able to experience the transformative powers of sports and service.
Understanding generational differences can assist with both member recruitment and retention. This presentation explores diverse motivations among Lions and how leaders and members can value varying perspectives to “strengthen the pride.”
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At the beginning of August, the Dasmarinas Lions Club in the Philippines participated in an Adopt-a-School program. Students received books and other various school supplies, as well as bags to carry their new stuff. An example of a project for Engaging Our Youth.
As we come upon our centennial year, Lions all over the world are taking part in a challenge—the Centennial Service Challenge—where they strive to serve 100 million people by 2017. Make sure to record your club’s project on MyLCI so we know just how many people we are helping. Clubs are encouraged to post pictures of their activity on their Facebook page or other social media sites and use the hashtag #LIONS100, that way other clubs can see the impact you’re making in your community.
What type of project is your club doing to Engage Our Youth?
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