Sunday, November 10, 2013
I want to keep you updated regarding Lions relief efforts in storm-ravaged areas of the Philippines. We immediately sent US$30,000 to provide relief early Friday morning. This was prior to initial reports of the total devastation unfolding hour by hour.
By Friday afternoon, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$100,000. But that’s not all. As the storm struck, it happened that the OSEAL Forum was underway in Singapore. The Lions from OSEAL within hours donated an additional US$370,000 designated funds for Philippines relief efforts, bringing the total funds to US$500,000.
As I said, reports are still coming in. Officials now estimate that 9.5 million are affected, half million are homeless, and the death toll is rapidly rising. Entire towns along the coast have been decimated.
There are more than 12,600 Lions in the Philippines in 380 clubs, with four clubs in Cebu, and one club in the disaster epicenter of Tacloban. Lions on the ground were already busy serving people affected by last month’s major earthquake in nearby Bohol.
We now need to help Lions give relief-aid to those affected in the weeks ahead by this tragedy. The magnitude of this storm is hard to imagine. Some weather officials are calling it the worst storm to make landfall in recorded history. To put it in perspective for some of you, the strength of Typhoon Haiyan was 3.5 times greater than Hurricane Katrina.
You can support your fellow Lions by making a donation to the Foundation’s disaster relief fund. These donations are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible and help support Lions whenever a need arises due to natural disasters.
Now is the time. They need our help. I will keep you updated in the days ahead. As always, I want to thank you for your generosity.
Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Registration is now open for the 97th Lions International Convention in Toronto, Canada, on July 4-8, 2014. The early bird registration fee is US$110 through January 10, 2014. Register today to lock in your 5-day registration at the lowest fee, and secure your hotel reservation while rooms are still available at specially discounted Lions rates.
The beautiful city of Toronto offers amazing sights, shopping, food and other attractions for Lions to enjoy during their stay — from the famous 98-room castle Casa Loma, to the home of the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Enjoy a day trip to Niagara Falls, or book a specially discounted Lions package tour to nearby destinations such as Montreal, Boston, New York and more.
Still dreaming of the 2013 Convention in Hamburg? Experience the excitement again by ordering the Hamburg Highlights DVD, shown above. Fill out the DVD Order Form, and share the 15-minute video music montage with friends, family and Lions.
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With all the traveling I do, I often have a good amount of down time waiting in airports. I use this spare time to share photos on my Facebook page and catch up on Lions videos on YouTube. Here is a Lions Public Service Announcement video that I stumbled across recently. It’s an oldie but a goodie, focusing on the Lions’ strength of feeding their neighbors. I thought now would be the perfect time to share with you as our next Global Service Action Campaign, Relieving the Hunger, kicks off next month.
What kinds of projects and activities is your club planning to help feed the hungry?
On December 5, Lions and Leos everywhere will celebrate International Leo Day to recognize Leo clubs for their service in the community. Youth programs such as the Leo club help young people develop valuable leadership skills, network with key players in the community, and realize the impact of their humanitarian efforts. International Leo Day also helps strengthen the relationship between Lions and Leos, encouraging Leos to continue their service as Lions.
Consider sponsoring a Leo club to encourage the youth in your community to get involved and make a difference. Already sponsor a Leo club? Recruit new members and host your Leo new club induction event on December 5. Be sure to share your photos and stories from the induction events on social media, and follow the International Leo Day celebration on the Leo Facebook page.
Visit the Leo Zone for information about sponsoring a club, planning Leo activities and more.
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