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Nov
7

Sharing a Common Bond and Commitment to Service

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Lions of the San Francisco Bay Area Veterans Lions Club (USA) share more than just a commitment to serving their community; many of their members have also served their country. Their common bond and shared passion for service led them to charter this special club to serve the needs of veterans and their family members.

The club performs many valuable services in the community, but it places a special focus on serving veterans. Members volunteer at the local V.A. hospital, help veterans in homeless shelters find jobs, and provide transportation to veterans when needed.

Lions of the Bay Area Veterans Club recommend promoting membership to all veterans because of the benefits of being a Lion, which:

  • Gives them a feeling of belonging to something bigger than themselves again
  • Gives them the satisfaction of giving back to others
  • Opens the door to opportunities to collaborate with other organizations
  • Helps them become more confident people

Charter a special interest club in your area or invite a veteran to join your club today!

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Nov
6

Lions Reforest in the Philippines

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Today’s guest blog features an environmental project organized by the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club from the Philippines. Follow them on Facebook to see more pictures from their recent projects.

The Ormoc Supreme Lions Club together with the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club and the Ormoc Supreme Leo Club started the Preservation and Re-tree Planting Program of the protected forest badly hit by super-typhoon Haiyan at Lake Danao National Park, Ormoc City, Leyte, Philippines on October 18, 2014.

The forest of Lake Danao is home to rare and severely endangered animals and plants. The hornbill nests in tree hollows and depends on old trees in the forests to survive. After the super-typhoon many trees were cut-down and endangered plants and animals died because of the strong winds cause by typhoon. Without the protection of the trees, the landscape will be completely vulnerable to future natural catastrophes. That has put the local biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of residents at risk. That’s why rebuilding and forest protection are at the heart of efforts to revive the area.IMG_9170We decided to protect, rebuild, reforest and adopt the area. As a start of this program, we planted 500 Shorea (Lawa-an) trees on hill slopes to stabilize the soil, reduce erosion and the impact of storms. We adopted the area as our Tree Planting Area for the whole Lion Year and may extend for Lion Years to come. Through this activity, our goal is to rebuild the forest, preserve the protected national park and protect the forest’s rich biodiversity so that the endangered trees and animal species will begin to flourish again. This program is part of our participation of the Centennial Service ChallengeProtecting Our Environment—and part of our World Service Day for a whole Lion Year program.

Environmental projects, such as this, count towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. In order to keep track of how many people we are serving, we ask that you record your activities on MyLCI. We encourage Lions to post your project pictures on your club’s Facebook page and other social media sites. Use the hashtag #LIONS100 so other clubs can see the impact you’re making in your community.

Keep up the good work, Lions. #We Serve!

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Nov
4

Read the November LION Magazine

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In the November LION Magazine, learn how a Montana Lions club turned a baseball diamond into a vegetable garden for schoolchildren, get an in depth look at Melvin Jones and discover a healing sanctuary for injured children in Germany.

Also in this issue:

Exclusively in the Digital LION, view rare footage of Melvin Jones and Lions from long ago, see the Montana school garden in action and listen to President Preston sing his new Lions theme song.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

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Nov
3

Diabetes Awareness Month

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During the month of November, Lions all over are coming together in the fight against diabetes. According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated 328 million people are living with diabetes and this number is expected to rise to 592 million by 2035. It is important for Lions to raise awareness for this deadly and debilitating disease. Here’s how your club can help:

  • Organize a “Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness” event in your community.
  • Organize a school or community vegetable garden to encourage healthy eating.
  • Sponsor a child in need to attend a diabetes camp.
  • Provide a diabetes magazine subscription to your local library.
  • Partner with local healthcare providers to organize diabetes and vision screenings.

How will your club raise awareness for diabetes this month?

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Oct
31

Rice Bucket Challenge in India

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The Lions of District 322B2, in Kolkata, India, organized a project and motivated Lions to donate 5kg of rice for someone in need –they called their project the “Rice Bucket Challenge.” They collected a total of 20,500 units of rice, each weighing 5kg. The rice collected was then distributed to blind residential schools, homes for the mentally and physically challenged, old age homes, street children and beggars.

This Relieving the Hunger project counts towards our own challenge. Our goal for the Centennial Service Challenge is to serve 100 million people by 2017 through youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. We are encouraging Lions to not only record their activities to MyLCI, but also post them to their club’s Facebook page or other social media sites. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #LIONS100 so that clubs around the world will be able to see the impact you are making in your community.

What types of hunger projects is your club organizing?

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