When I became president of Lions Clubs International, it was a dream come true. Now, I am honored to follow another dream as Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation. The Foundation is a vital part of Lions’ international service efforts, so I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this year with support from LCIF.
Last year, LCIF set a goal to raise US$35.7 million in funding to meet Lions’ humanitarian needs worldwide. I am proud to say that you hit that mark! More than ever, Lions are involved in service projects to meet the needs of their communities. LCIF has seen an increase in requests for disaster relief assistance in recent years; Lions Quest continues to expand around the world, reaching more students than ever; we continue to fight preventable blindness, including from diseases like trachoma and river blindness; and we continue in our commitment to our partners at the GAVI Alliance in fighting measles, among many other humanitarian projects.
Your contributions have helped people all around the world by providing disaster relief, saving sight, preventing measles, supporting youth and meeting humanitarian needs. To be able to help even more people, we have a new goal to raise US$38.3 million for LCIF and I know that we will be able to achieve it. In fact, I am going to challenge you to set the goal even higher!
What if every Lions club donated US$100 per member to LCIF? We would raise US$136 million – imagine all of the good that could be done with those funds! As Lions, we can do almost anything. By working together, we can help each other to follow our dreams for a better world. You can make a difference, and LCIF can help.
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Last week Joni and I visited Nairobi, Kenya, where Lions of District 411A are already joining in the Centennial Service Challenge — celebrating 100 years of service by helping us reach our goal of serving 100 million by December 2017.
We started off the beautiful morning with songs, poems and dancing. At lunchtime, we participated in a Feeding the Hungry project, serving hot, nourishing meals to over 600 hungry children. It was such a pleasure meeting and feeding these children. Our next project was planting trees as a part of our Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) partnership. Joni and I planted the first of 9,000 trees! Think of how many people these trees will help over the years!
The Centennial Service Challenge asks Lions to serve people in need through our Global Service Action Campaigns: Engaging Our Youth, Sharing the Vision, Relieving the Hunger and Protecting Our Environment. I look forward to joining Lions across the globe in meeting this challenge!
How is your club participating in the Centennial Service Challenge?
Your International President,
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The LCIF Standard grant minimum and maximum request amounts have been updated.
As a result of the June/July 2014 Board meeting in Toronto, Canada, the new Standard grant minimum request amount for matching funds is US$10,000 and the new maximum request amount for matching funds is US$100,000.
These expanded criteria allow LCIF to help even more Lions meet the needs of their communities through our most popular grant category. Standard grants generally provide capital funding for equipment and infrastructure needs. Typical projects include medical equipment, mobile health units, hospices, nursing homes, medical units, street children’s homes, blind and disabled centers, eye clinics, research centers and schools in developing countries. Learn more online at www.lcif.org.
Please note: these updates apply to all applications received at LCIF as of July 1, 2014.
Club officers, club board members and all Lions—strengthen your club with GOAL— Growth, Orientation, Activity, and Leadership. Don’t miss this interactive presentation that discusses club Growth as a membership growth plan; Orientation as mentoring and involving new Lions; Activity as service, giving and adaptability, and Leadership as a leadership development plan.
Learn how GOAL can take your club to the next level as encouraged by International President Joe Preston in his theme of Strengthen the Pride.
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At this year’s International Convention in Toronto, we asked Lions to answer a simple question: What do you enjoy about being a Lion? The response was huge, as Lions happily shared their feelings of being a Lion — whether they enjoyed the friendships formed through their club, or they loved volunteering their time to help others in need.
Watch the video above to hear from fellow Lions, and tell us in the comments below what YOU enjoy about being a Lion!
You can also view more convention videobooth videos on the #LCICon YouTube channel.
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