LCIF Awards Disaster Relief Grants, June 2015

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.

In June 2015, LCIF awarded 13 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$115,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Japan, District 337-D
$10,000 for volcano relief

Nebraska, USA, District 38-I
$5,000 for tornado relief

Arkansas, USA, District 7-N
$10,000 for flood relief

Rep of Ghana, District 403-A2
$10,000 for flood relief

Wyoming, USA, District 15
$10,000 for flood relief

Alaska, USA, District 49-A
$10,000 for wildfire relief

Rep. of Georgia, District UNDEntrega despensas damnificadosribera rio papaloapan 17 sep 2010 (16)
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LD-3
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-2
$5,000 for flood relief

Malaysia, District 308-A2
$10,000 for earthquake relief

India, District 323-J
$10,000 for flood relief

Illinois, USA, District 1-BK
$10,000 for tornado relief

Bangladesh, District 5-B4
$5,000 for flood relief

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Lions and Kids Donate Sleeping Bags

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Today’s featured photo was submitted by the Cape of Good Hope Lions Club in Cape Town, South Africa. Lion Jonathan Maree taught children how to make sleeping bags. They donated the sleeping bags to homeless people in the community. The kids were very excited knowing they were serving the less fortunate.

Projects such as this are a part of the Engaging Our Youth Centennial Service Challenge, which count toward the Lions’ goal of serving 100 million people by 2018. Join the Centennial Service Challenge by planning youth, vision, hunger and environment projects, and be sure to share your photos on social media with the hashtag #LIONS100.

You can also Submit a Photo to be posted on the Lions Clubs International Facebook page or blog.


#LCICon Honolulu – Day 5

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Photos from day five of the 98th Lions International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.  You can find more convention photos on the LCICon Facebook page and watch video clips from the closing plenary session on the LCICon YouTube channel.

Closing Plenary Session

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Ho Chi Minh City cataract patients

SightFirst Grant at Work in Vietnam

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The Sponsoring Association for Poor Patients (SAPP) in Ho Chi Minh City has received a US$50,000 Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) SightFirst grant to provide free small incision cataract surgeries to 1,500 indigent patients in several areas of Vietnam.

Screening and follow-up care will be provided at local hospitals, while surgeries will take place at Ho Chi Minh City Eye Hospital, Nguyen Trai Hospital, and Trung Vuong Emergency Hospital. Geographically dispersing services and increasing usage of locally available services will help minimize travel and other costs for the patients, and will encourage eye health professionals to actively engage their communities. Patients who have undergone their procedures are required to return for followup care and to have their visual acuity measured.

So far, over 80 patients have received cataract surgeries through this SightFirst grant project.

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LCI ELearning Update

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The month of June saw record numbers of Lions participate in the Leadership Development webinars of Club Secretary Training, Club Treasurer Training and Club President: Leader and Manager.  A total of 2,081 Lions participated, many for the first time, such as Lion Sonia, who said, “You eliminated the apprehension I was experiencing. It was an eye-opener.”

Lions not familiar with webinars may discover, as did Lion Sonia, how easy it is to participate and the variety of knowledge provided.  The Club Secretary and Treasurer trainings, for example, not only discussed position responsibilities but provided an in-depth MyLCI overview from headquarters staff.

Leadership Development webinars are not meant to replace local in-person training, but enhance and enrich that training in a way that is easily accessible in the convenience of a home, office or club.  Topics are scheduled for the new year, including one more session of Club President, Leader and Manager (July 7).  To register for that session or such offerings as Harmony Among Generations and Goal Setting and Action Planning, visit: LCI Leadership Development Webinars.

For archived recordings of the club officer trainings and other webinars, visit: Archived Leadership Webinar Recordings


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