Equipped for Success

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A senior at Cranford High School in Cranford, New Jersey, Blake O’Donnell is looking forward to starting college. With all of the changes that occur when beginning the journey to adult life, she will have many new educational and social challenges ahead of her. But, perhaps without realizing it, O’Donnell has had special preparation for this time since elementary school, when she began participating in the Lions Quest program.

Rounding out her education for life

Lions Quest is Lions Clubs International Foundation’s positive youth development program for kindergarten through 12th graders. The Lions Quest program provides teachers with tools and strategies for teaching students age-appropriate important life skills and fostering character development. Students around the world like O’Donnell are learning key qualities such as responsible decision-making, creating positive interpersonal relationships, resisting peer pressure and engaging in community service.

Now that she has been through the Lions Quest program, O’Donnell considers it to be an invaluable part of her school experience. “If I didn’t have the Lions Quest Program, I wouldn’t be who I am now. My confidence is…greater than what I thought it was going to be. It has helped me be confident in decision-making with everything. I’m able to make friends better because of it.  Without the program, I probably wouldn’t be involved with school activities or organizations.”

More confidence for the future

Lions Quest not only helps students learn to work together, handle difficult situations and develop self-esteem, but it builds skills that will be crucial to their success in the future.

“I definitely learned organization skills, and it will help me a lot with college courses and homework. It will help me get along with new people and live with a roommate I don’t know,” said O’Donnell.

And importantly, the service-learning activities O’Donnell participated in through Lions Quest laid the groundwork for a lifetime of community involvement. “When I’m older I know I’m definitely going to give back because it just feels really good.”

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Hockey Hall of Fame

A Message from Lions VP Preston

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During a site visit to Toronto I had the opportunity to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. I learned that a committee of players, coaches and others meet annually to select new honorees. I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the people, the planning of the displays and the recognition that is given to those who achieved excellence in the sport.

The NHL Legends area features the honorees; and NHL Milestones displays noteworthy records. There are some comparisons we could make to Lions Clubs International as we approach our centennial year. I know you have stories to tell of outstanding Lions achievements and Lions leaders who planned for the future.

As I think about the year ahead, I hope you are inspired to use teamwork to achieve bigger wins for our Lions team. My international theme, Strengthen the Pride, is about building for the future from the club level throughout the organization to ensure our legacy going forward. With the Lions Pride membership awards, the Club Excellence Award, the Strengthen the Pride awards for zone & region chairpersons and the District Governor Team Excellence Award, we will honor our own champions who achieve results. The Ask One initiative alone could set a new record for invitations to potential new members.

In closing, I am glad you are on my team and I look forward to hearing your Hall of Fame stories as we progress through the 2014-2015 year.

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Visit LCIF at the 97th Annual International Convention!

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serve_flagAre you attending Lions Clubs International’s 97th Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada? Be sure to stop by the LCIF booth in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s Exhibit Hall from July 4th through the 8th. There, you can learn about LCIF initiatives, like One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative, make donations and more.

LCIF informational seminars will be held on Sunday, July 6th. Topics include an overview of LCIF’s Lions Quest program and a presentation for LCIF Coordinators. Chairperson Madden will provide an LCIF update during the Second Plenary Session on Monday, July 7th in the Air Canada Centre, followed by the Melvin Jones Fellowship Luncheon (a ticketed event).

In addition, a vision screening will be held through LCIF and Special Olympics partnership program, Opening Eyes, on Sunday, July 6th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Learn more about LCIF’s initiatives at www.lcif.org.

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Join the “One Great Adventure” Webinar

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Be sure to attend the first Leadership Development webinar of the new year, “One Great Adventure: The Role of the Zone Chairperson,” a fresh and engaging way to understand what it takes to excel in this vital Lions position.  While the target audience is new and prospective zone chairpersons, the presentation offers leadership principles that apply for all Lions leaders.

Join Zone Chairperson Richard as he embarks on an adventure through his zone with a mission of Strengthening the Pride while earning the Zone Chairperson Award.  Watch Richard call on allies, employ resources, and wear different “hats” to manage club obstacles, facilitate club successes, and finish his year in an meaningful way.

Register now for one of the time slots below:

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Are You Ready for #LCICon?

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The 97th Lions International Convention is just around the corner, kicking off this Friday, July 4 in Toronto! LCI convention staff is already there, putting the final touches in place and getting ready to welcome Lions from around the world.

As you prepare for your trip, click the links below for a few last-minute tips and reminders:

  • Travel tips. Check out the LCI website for tips on packing for a smooth security check at the airport, as well as tips for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.
  • Download the LCICon app. If you have a smart phone, search for “Lions 2014 Convention” or “LCICon” in your app store. The LCICon app allows you to upload photos, get updates from other attendees, view maps and schedules, and connect with friends at the convention.
  • Follow LCICon on Facebook. See photos and videos from the exhibit hall, parade, plenaries and more. Be sure to share your own experience through social media by using the hashtag #LCICon.
  • Plan your schedule. Take a look at the Convention Seminars schedule to determine which ones you want to attend. Seminars include Social Media for Lions, Micro-finance seminar, Women and Family Roundtable Exchange and more.

And last but not least: Have fun! Meet new Lions, learn how to improve your club, find out how other Lions around the world are serving their communities, and enjoy the beautiful city of Toronto. We can’t wait to see you there!

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