Joni and I had a blast in Venezuela last week. Not only were we able to celebrate Melvin Jones’ birthday with Leos and Special Olympic athletes, but we were able to see how dedicated the Lions in Venezuela are to making an impact on their communities. We spent our time attending the FOLAC Forum, getting to visit the mayor and join in a parade, as well as dedicating a library and partaking in a tree planting project. It’s always a great time when the Lions get together!
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Check out the newly redesigned look of LION Magazine, launched in the January issue. Also, find out how Alaska Lions brought a world of reading to the island nation of Tonga, learn about the importance of Lions’ traditions and see how clubs are using eye-catching collection boxes to spur eyeglass donations.
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In the Digital LION, watch a Pennsylvania club’s fun promotional video, read stories of Christmas past and view the Higher Key Award recipients.
Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.
Today we celebrate the birth of our founder, Melvin Jones, who was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona. As a young man, Melvin moved to Chicago where he formed his own insurance agency in 1913. Soon after, he joined the Business Circle and was elected secretary. It was during his time with the Business Circle that he thought about using their talents to improve the community.
On June 7, 1917, Melvin invited similar luncheon clubs to join him in Chicago. It was there that he proposed the idea of a service oriented organization and Lions Clubs International was born.
In honor of Melvin Jones, we have encouraged Lions to participate in the Worldwide Week of Service extending from January 10th– 16th. Be sure to use the hashtag #LIONS100 when posting pictures or videos on social media sites so that other clubs can see the impact you are making in your community.
What is your club doing to celebrate Melvin’s birthday?
Do you want to become a Lions superhero? Join Past International Directors Dana Biggs and Beverly Roberts as they help Lions activate their innate superhero traits and put them to work as a Lion.
Lions will consider their powers, mission, LCI tools, sidekicks, and various aspects of “train, train, train.” The webinar ends with a challenge to “Live as a Lions Superhero” and share your results with other Lions. Don’t miss this engaging perspective on Lionism!
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We are excited to announce the theme for the upcoming 2015-2016 Peace Poster Contest: “Share Peace.” This international contest gives youth from around the world a chance to express their vision of peace through art.
If you are interested in sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest in your area, please be sure to purchase a kit. Peace Poster Kits will be available to order on January 15th, 2015. To learn more about the contest, please view our rules and deadlines.
The winning poster judging takes place in Chicago towards the end of January by various members and leaders of youth outreach and the art community.
Join us at Lions Day with the United Nations as we reveal this year’s winner of the Peace Poster Contest. Registration for LDUN closes soon, so be sure to register today!
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