Lions of Mexico distribute relief materials

LCIF Awards Disaster Grants, October 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 October 2015, LCIF awarded 17 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$150,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Japan, District 332-D
$10,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 333-E
$10,000 for flood relief

North Carolina, USA, District 31-N
$10,000 for flood relief

Florida, USA, District 35-N
$10,000 for hurricane relief

South Carolina, USA, District 32-D
$10,000 for flood relief

South Carolina, USA, District 32-CLCIF Typhoon Haiyan (134) (1)
$10,000 for flood relief

Sri Lanka, District 306-C2
$5,000 for landslide relief

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

Philippines, District 301-C
$5,000 for typhoon relief

Philippines, District 301-D1
$5,000 for typhoon relief

Philippines, District 301-D2
$5,000 for typhoon relief

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

Mexico, District B-8
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-4
$10,000 for hurricane relief

Italy, District 108-YA
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LD-5
$10,000 for flood relief

France, District 103-CC
$10,000 for flood relief


LQ: Leo Senior Prom

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“This is a prime example that we have great kids, and if you just give them the right activities to do, they’re going to build to be those leaders — and hopefully, those future Lions as well.”

The Shepard High School Leo Club organizes the prom every year at their high school. But instead of inviting their fellow classmates, they invite senior citizens in their community. The event provides an opportunity to connect the gap between generations, allowing the Leos to see that their older guests can still be kids at heart, while the older generation gains a greater respect for youth.

Watch the above Lions Quarterly video segment to see how community service is helping these young people develop into tomorrow’s leaders. You can also download the entire Lions Quarterly to share at your next meeting or event.


Lions of Turkey Team up with LCIF to Support Refugees

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Edirne 6The Lions of District 118-E have recently been awarded a US$26,000 grant for refugee assistance. The Lions plan to establish a school for refugee children, giving them access to basic education and computer skills. They will also support the nutrition and hygiene needs of 100 families for two months.

The Lions of Turkey are working with the Human Sources Foundation, an NGO in partnership with the UNHCR, to start a basic education classroom and computer learning classroom in two empty rooms in a community center which has extended its services to refugees in the area. Currently, the center provides refugees with basic needs such as food, clothing, and hygiene goods, along with counseling, legal services, and leisure activities.

The grant will be used, in part, to purchase 30 student desks and chairs, a teacher’s desk and chair, blackboards, and cabinets. The classroom will serve 60 students in two shifts each day.  They will purchase 20 computers, 20 computer tables and chairs, printers, modems and lay down the electrical infrastructure for this room. This classroom will serve 40 young adults in two shifts each day.

They will purchase 1,000 student kits each containing two notebooks, six pencils, an eraser and a ruler. Each of the 100 students will receive a kit. The remaining kits will be distributed to other schools and community centers educating refugee children in the area.

Finally they plan to purchase goods to restock the center’s inventory to be able to distribute basic food and hygiene materials twice a month for two months to 100 families at the center.

If your District or Multiple District is interested in providing assistance to refugees, you can contact LCIF to find out how to request funds for local relief projects.


In the November LION Magazine…

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Medals, Merriment and … Eyeglasses

In the November LION, Lions clubs capitalize on popular events and attractions to raise funds, Sanibel Island Lions find service and island life quite compatible and a flexible and welcoming club culture is attracting younger members in Minnesota.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch videos, find a treasure trove of Helen Keller stories and videos and read about older Lions who are still roaring.

Visit to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine. Download the app to read the LION on your android tablet or iPad.

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Message from the Chairperson: We Can Grow Our Foundation

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Dear Lions,SOball

I recently attended the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, USA. I learned the power of giving all athletes the opportunity to compete and the importance of inclusion. Watching them in action showed me that these athletes really blossom when given encouragement and opportunity.

I am so proud of the Lions of California for all of their volunteer efforts for the Healthy Athletes screenings, just like all of the other Lions around the world who have been instrumental in games and screening events over the last 14 years. I am also very thankful for the hospitality of our partners at Special Olympics.

Partnerships like this extend the reach of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), serving more people than any one Lions club could serve alone. That is why it is so important that we continue to grow and expand LCIF.

I promoted Ask One for membership last year, but that idea also applies to LCIF. This is OUR foundation. Every one of us is responsible for its growth and success. We need to make sure every Lion knows about our foundation.

I challenge each of you to ask one Lion to make a gift to LCIF this year. We are our own biggest advocates! Speak to your fellow Lions about what LCIF means to you and the impact it makes on millions of lives around the world every year.


Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

See the rest of the October 2015 LCIF e-newsletter here.



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