Dear Lions … Thank You!

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Today’s guest post is by Lion Ron Robbins of the Chapel Hill Lions Club. Read our Contributor Guidelines to learn how you share your story on the Lions Blog.

One of the main goals of all Lions clubs is to serve the needs of our community, and the Indianapolis Chapel Hill Lions take this very seriously. We are proud to report that the Chapel Lions Club has provided over $17,000 in assistance in the last year to Wayne Township families in need. More than 100 people were touched by this ongoing program.

According to Lion Jim Halsted, “The people in need find us mostly through word of mouth.  All of the school nurses in Wayne Township have my name and contact me when help is needed.”

For example, one of my favorite stories is about a woman who was at a food pantry for the first time and started crying.  Somebody there asked her what was wrong and gave her my name, assuring her, “He will take care of you.”

I got a call from another woman who told me that her mother had just passed away and she needed some help. When the family was going through her things, she found my name in some papers. She recalled that I had helped her family when she was a young girl.  When I picked her up to take her shopping, she looked at me and said, “Yes – I remember you.”

Other words of thanks from local families to the Lions:

  • “It really means a lot to me that you would do such a nice thing.” (Glasses were purchased.)
  • “Without your help we would be sleeping, eating and sitting on the floor. We hold a special place in our hearts for you.”
  • “If it was not for you, I would not be able to put food on the table, have a bed for my son, and buy clothes for him.”
  • “I was praying every night hoping I can get some help. All my money went for bills and I was broke. I’m so happy and thankful that my children could have Christmas this year. Thanks for all the toys and clothes.”
  • “I am so grateful that you took the time to assist me and my daughters, as we have gone through an incredibly challenging time. We lost all of our possessions in a house fire. It is difficult for me to find the words to express my gratitude and appreciation for your kindness and generosity.”
  • “You made my kids’ Christmas the best ever. I’m so thankful that you came into my children’s lives. It was so delightful to see those faces when they opened their gifts.”
  • “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind act of helping our family out with all the food in time of need. I feel really blessed knowing there are really kind people in this world like you.”

Thank you to all Lions who serve their communities every day. You are touching lives and doing something that really matters. We Serve!

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Caring for Mothers and their Babies

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At meetings in their clubhouse Quito Lions trade gossip, jest with one another and plan projects. Next to the clubhouse is a concrete reminder of their commitment to service: the Quito los Olivos Lions have operated a community medical center in the space adjacent to its clubhouse since 1997.

Funded by modest patient fees, the Quito los Olivos Medical Center is staffed by a team of 22 medical professionals and operates six days per week. From microsurgery and neurosurgery to ophthamology to maxillofacial surgery, the clinic provides routine and specialized medical care to approximately 20,000 people each year. Since 2002, the clinic has offered extensive services for cleft lip and cleft palate, free of charge to the families in need of those services.

Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sits high in the Andean foothills. Chartered in 1980, the Quito los Olivos Lions Club has 29 members.

Recently, their clinic has seen an increase in the number of low-income expectant mothers seeking care. The private clinics in the area typically charge US$30 to US$50 for prenatal and maternity services, which is beyond the financial means of many residents. Consequently, more women are turning to the Quito los Olivos Medical Center for quality, acessible health care and family services.

To accomodate the increased demand, local Lions clubs built a second floor on the clinic to house a dedicated maternity ward. With the new space allocated and the professional expertise already on hand, all that was missing was the medical equipment.Ecuador District G-1

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded a US$59,043 Standard grant to the Lions of Ecuador to equip the new maternity clinic. Local Lions used these funds to purchase critical supplies such as an infant radiant warmer, a fetal monitor, newborn cribs, three electric hospital beds, a portable electrocardiograph machine, other diagnostic tools, a pediatric scale and birthing table.

“It is important to face life with a smile,” says patient Laura Inés Rodríguez Zapater. “LCIF and the Quito los Olivos Lions Club have provided us with a reason to

The LCIF grant has substantially increased the amount of services the clinic can offer. The new maternity clinic now provides women of childbearing age with family planning education, health screenings, prenatal care, delivery and post-partum care. The clinic also offers vaccinations, nutritional counseling and therapeutic services for children. The addition of the maternity clinic means the Quito los Olivos Medical Center will now serve an expected 30,000 people each year, which means healthier mothers, healthier families and a healthier community.

LCIF Standard grants provide matching funds from US$10,000 to US$100,000 to Lions clubs or districts that have identified a need within their community and have a plan to address that need. Projects must serve a large number of people and must be beyond the scope of traditional club and/or district fundraising activities. Standard grants generally provide capital funding for equipment and infrastructure needs. To learn about Standard grants, please visit

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of LION Magazine.


Message from the President: Our Hearts Go Out to France

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“I do not want the peace that passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.”
Helen Keller

Lions join the world community in sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of France, and in the condemnation of violence and terrorism wherever and whenever they exist.

Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless act and the families who are left to mourn their loved ones.

I chose as my theme this year “Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.”  There is no dignity that comes from acts of violence.  Harmony is sown only through compassion.  Humanity is lifted through service to those in need.

Terrorism undermines all that is decent, and the process of peace we all strive to preserve.

Liberty. Independence. Our Nations Safety.

Long live France! Long live peace and understanding!


Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada


“Je ne veux pas la paix qui dépasse l’entendement. Je veux l’entendement qui apporte la paix.”
Helen Keller

Les Lions se joignent au monde entier en adressant nos meilleurs voeux et nos prières au peuple français, et en condamnant la violence et le terrorisme où et quand qu’ils surviennent.

Nous sommes de tout cœur avec les victimes de cet acte de violence insensé et les familles qui sont laissées dans le deuil de leurs bien-aimés.

Cette année, j’ai choisi le thème : “Dignité. Harmonie. Humanité.  Aucune dignité ne résulte des actes de violences. L’harmonie est semée uniquement par la voie de la compassion.  L’humanité est relevée à un plus haut niveau uniquement par le biais du service aux nécessiteux.

Le terrorisme compromet tout ce qui est respectable, ainsi que le processus de paix que nous nous efforçons tous de maintenir.

Liberté. Indépendance. La sauvegarde de nos Nations.

Vive la France ! Vivent la paix et la compréhension !

Sincères salutations,

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada


#WorldDiabetesDay at Lions HQ

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Lions Clubs International staff organized a series of activities last week in honor of World Diabetes Day (November 14, 2015).

  • The main lobby of the headquarters building was decorated in blue and the Blue Circle – the international symbol for diabetes.
  • The Lions of Illinois Foundation provided free diabetic retinopathy screenings.
  • Staff participated in a Strides walk that concluded with the creation of a human blue circle.

LCI is committed to supporting Lions in their diabetes awareness, prevention, and service efforts. Visit the association’s website for diabetes project ideas and planning resources or write for more information.

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Lions Respond to Global Diabetes Epidemic

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There are an estimated 387M people worldwide suffering from diabetes and this number is expected to increase to 600M by 2035. Diabetes has reached global epidemic proportions. The good news is diabetes is preventable through education, awareness, and early intervention.

Since the 1980’s, Lions have made concerted efforts to stem the growing tide of diabetes – through awareness building events, screening activities, and donations to LCIF’s grant programs, which support the development of comprehensive healthcare systems. From July 1 to October 31 alone, 459 Lions clubs have reported 815 diabetes awareness and education events benefitting 239,732 people. The numbers for diabetes screenings are equally impressive with 124,872 people served in just 4 months.

For those Lions who are already involved in diabetes prevention efforts, don’t forget to share with LCI and LCIF what you are doing, the impact you are making, and what additional resources you need to increase your impact. You can share your stories through Submit a Photo, MyLCI Service Activity Report, or by emailing

For those Lions who want to learn how to get their club involved, please visit and for project planning resources and funding opportunities. Or make a donation to LCIF today to support Core 4 Diabetes and SightFirst grants. Email for more today. We look forward to hearing from you!


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