Lions Clubs International
Mar
8

Today Is International Women’s Day!

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Lions Clubs International observes International Women’s Day, a time to call for the end of violence and trafficking against women and girls, and for the promotion of education, development and opportunity. We are also pleased to report the continuing growth of women at Lions, increasing to 33% of all new members this year, up from 31% last fiscal year. Now nearly 26% of all members overall, and growing.

Lions, take the opportunity to focus your service on women and young girls in your community this month:

  • Organize a Reading Action Program activity that encourages mothers to read to their children.
  • Volunteer at or help support a local women and children’s shelter by donating clothes, toys and books.
  • Invite women to join your Lions club, and plan family-friendly service projects that encourages them to get their kids involved, too.
  • For Family and Friends Month in April, consider screening “Girl Rising,” 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.

Make every day International Women’s Day! Think globally, act locally and make a difference.

 

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Lions Clubs International
Mar
7

Lions in the Headlines

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Check out how Lions around the world are making headlines by serving their communities.
  • MALAYSIA: Lions Club of Bayan Baru donate new ambulance to help save lives.
  • IRELAND: Naas Lions Club gets ready to rumble in the ring to support Childline, a free counseling service for children and young people.
  • AUSTRALIA: Ulladulla-Milton Lions Club organize a Clean Up Australia Day event.
  • CANADA: The Sidney Lions Club works to raise money for new playground equipment.
  • FLORIDA, USA: Canoe expedition makes pit stop at Lions Club in Miami Springs
Has your Lions club been featured in the local news recently? Share your story!

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Mar
6

Video: Giving the Gift of Sight

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March is Eye Donor Awareness Month — an opportunity to recognize eye donors and their families, celebrate corneal recipients, and raise awareness about the importance of eye donations for corneal transplants and research. Today’s video from the Lions Quarterly archives features the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, one of the many Lions Eye Banks worldwide that recovers, evaluates, stores and distributes human eye tissue for vision restoration, research and education.

Watch the video to learn how Lions’ work with eye banks helps change people’s lives. Learn more about Lions Eye Banks on the LCI website.

Does your Lions club help support a local eye bank?

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Mar
5

No Longer Turned Away

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Carlos was born blind in both eyes from cataracts. For the first three years of his life, he and his parents were shuffled from one clinic to the next, spending all their savings on eye exams. Out of desperation, they even sold their car. His father recalls, “We kept getting sent to different doctors, who took our money but did nothing. Here in Ecuador, there is no health system for the poor. People are left to die on the streets.”

Every minute a child goes blind

Carlos was one of the estimated 1.4 million children around the world are blind, yet the vision of 75 percent of these children could have been saved if they only had access to effective eye care. Accounting for 21 percent of total cases of blindness in Latin America, childhood blindness is especially prevalent in countries like Ecuador.

Offered a new outlook

But darkness was not in five-year-old Carlos’ future. Through a regular screening offered by Lions, his family heard about the Metrofraternidad Foundation (FMF). At the LCIF-funded childhood blindness center in Ecuador, Carlos received surgery that restored his vision. Part of a SightFirst and World Health Organization joint initiative, FMF is one of 34 needs-based pediatric Lions eye care centers around the world committed to eliminating avoidable blindness in children. Since the Lions started supporting FMF in 2003, the number of children treated each year has risen steadily from 500 to more than 1,500 annually.

Today, young Carlos enjoys going to school and playing with his friends. He still receives treatment for strabismus, which developed after the cataract surgeries, but his vision continues to improve. “If it weren’t for the FMF, my son would still be blind,” said his father, grateful for the intervention of the Lions.

Read more about how Lions are fighting avoidable childhood blindness.

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Mar
5

Register for the Lions World Lunch Relay Today!

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Dear Lions Family,

Are you looking for a great way to celebrate Family and Friend Month in April? Then register your club for the Lions World Lunch Relay on April 4th!

It’s a 24-hour international event that brings Lions around the world together with their families and friends. It’s a special day of food, fellowship and fun. And it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your club to potential new members.

Once you’ve registered your club, be sure to participate in our special Lunch Relay contests that reward clubs for making their lunch a membership or service moment.

April 4th is just around the corner, so don’t wait…register your club today!

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Story of the Week: Lions Labor of Love Run Raises Money for Community Projects

Friday, October 7, 2011

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President’s Service Blog: Meeting Lions at USA/Canada Forum, Alaska

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

My favorite part of being your international president is meeting so many Lions and Leos around the world. So far, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with more…