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Jun
15

Greater Peace of Mind, Hope for Her Daughter

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Virginia Languza’s five-year-old daughter had nowhere to spend her days. Until recently, Pasay City, in metro Manila, Philippines, was made up of squatters—people who occupy abandoned buildings without permission. Shacks lined the broken roads; there was no sewage system, no electricity and no sense of safety in the community. Children roamed the streets.

Providing a safe place to grow and thrive

Although the government demolished this makeshift community and constructed housing for 400 families, Lions recognized that there was still a need for a safe place for young children to play and learn. Together, LCIF and Lions from Japan and the Philippines funded the construction of a children’s learning center. The learning center currently serves nearly 100 children and is equipped with books, educational materials, recreational equipment, computers and an outdoor recreation space.

Local Lions are committed to supporting the children’s learning center in the Philippines, regularly volunteering their time for service projects and activities. Long-term plans aim to expand the center so it serves all children who live in the housing project. Lions are committed to helping provide opportunities for underprivileged children in the Philippines and around the world.

A stronger foundation, a more promising future

Languza is thankful for Lions’ support of the children’s learning center in her community. “We can give our daughter a very good center, to learn, to study…We thank Lions because they support projects that give us the opportunity to have this daycare center for our children, for their learning, for their development. It is a great opportunity for us,” she said.

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Jun
12

LCIF Saves Sight in Many Ways

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is a leader in providing support for preventing avoidable blindness and restoring sight for people around the world. Sight programs range from developing and improving eye care systems to providing sight-restoring surgeries and treatments to distributing medications to those most at-risk for eye diseases.

Saving Sight with LCIFWhat comes to mind when you think of LCIF and saving sight?

LCIF is proud of all that Lions are able to accomplish worldwide! Learn more about LCIF’s SightFirst program and other initiatives that support Lions’ sight-saving efforts on the LCIF website.

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Jun
12

Your Feedback: Advice for New Clubs

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We asked, and Lions answered!

What advice would you give to a newly chartered club?

  • Pamela Smith Masters: When recruiting new members, don’t worry about getting to a number–seek to connect with those who have a passion for the community and service.
  • Darrell DW: Grow slow and smart. Pick one service project or program goal and do not start another one until your club can sufficiently handle it.
  • Deidre Bridge: Keep building and attracting new people to join your journey and find projects that a relevant to your community needs right now. Get the community involved in setting and achieving your goals.
  • Tammi Maitland Walker Graber: Plan your year ahead. Which service projects will you do and who will chair the projects. How will you raise funds? Find out what your members like to and plan your fundraising doing those things. Have FUN.
  • Raymond Konkoleski: Never give up! Like a building, a strong club takes time to build. Charter Members are only the foundation. Don’t compare yourself to clubs that have been building for forty or fifty years. The only goal you need is to do more as a club and to be a better club than you were yesterday. The rest will take care of itself.
  • Peavy Michael: Remember also that to be able to recognize the needs in your communities you must have communication from within the community and vice versa. I am 40 yrs old and have been a member for about 4 years now. After attending Zone meetings, District and State conventions it has become apparent the lack of youth in our International organization. Reach out to your young businessman and women. They will lead you in the right direction!
  • Yorktown Lions: 1) Your goal is to have a group of people who enjoy being with, and working with, each other; 2) work with a 12 month planning calendar ; 3) begin with a modest service project(s) that 1 or 2 members will champion ; 4) consider partnerships with scout troops, food pantries, veterans groups, hospitals, other Lions Clubs ; 5) think medium and long term: this is a marathon , not a sprint!
  • Alec Owen: Survey each of your members as to what projects they are specifically interested in and excite them, then implement these into the club plan for the coming year. Most people I have talked to want “hands-on” activities that make them feel like they are contributing to a cause they are interested in. Also pick one District activity to get the club involved in – this enables members to meet other clubs and spawn even more ideas. Have fun and serve the community!

Join the conversation! Leave a comment below and share your best advice for newly chartered Lions clubs.

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Lions Clubs International
Jun
11

Helping Kids at Risk through Tourism

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The Canberra Lions in Australia are turning tourism into a way to help kids at risk. They have funded the Westwood Lodge, a new 70 bed hostel that provides accommodations for school, sports and community groups visiting Canberra. Revenue from the hostel will go back to kids in the community, helping to finance Lions programs for young people at risk.

Today’s Lions success story was sent to us through the Submit a Photo page on the LCI website. Do you have a story to share? Let Lions everywhere know how your club is making an impact in your community!

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Jun
10

Serving Pancakes, Serving the Community

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A special thanks to the cast of Second City in Chicago for helping us put together this fun video, which we hope can spread the word about Lions clubs, motivate Lions to invite new members and embrace new ideas, and encourage everyone to eat more pancakes (and waffles!). Be sure to share the video with your club, friends and family!

Pancake breakfasts are a big part of Lions culture and tradition — not only because pancakes are delicious, but because they also help bring the community together while raising funds for a good cause.

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For the Lubbock Lions Club in Texas, USA, pancakes help feed the community beyond breakfast. The 2009 Guinness World Record holders for the most pancakes served in a 8 hour period, the Lubbock Lions just held their 61st annual Pancake Festival in 2014. Each year, they donate US$150,000 to local charities, the majority of which is raised from tickets sold to the Pancake Festival. The 2014 festival raised $100,000!

To date, the Lions have contributed $1,600,000 to local charities, including the American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge, the American Red Cross South Plains, Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Lubbock, Lubbock Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, National Kidney Foundation, Texas Lions Camp, Outstanding Youth Scholarships, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and more.

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Daniel Castro, president of the Lubbock Lions, says the event is a “community staple” — bringing together volunteers from Texas Tech, the local police force and other local organizations that help make the breakfast a success. It’s an event that the entire community looks forward to each year, and it’s become so big that it’s now the only pancake breakfast in town. This past year was the first time the Lions served hot, crispy bacon alongside the mountains of pancakes and syrup. Maybe next year, waffles? Maybe.

Learn more about Lions pancake breakfast history and successes in the April 2011 LION Magazine.

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