The Great Smoky Mountains

Lions Send Help to Gatlinburg

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Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA, attracts over 11 million visitors per year. Known for its quaint charm and its synchronous fireflies, it’s no wonder why tourists flock to the area.

In late November 2016, wildfires burned through areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and destroyed homes and other properties in Gatlinburg and nearby Pigeon Forge. The fires killed 14 people, injured more than 130 people, and damaged or destroyed 1,684 structures.

With many families losing everything they had, help was desperately needed. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded a US$10,000 grant to the Lions of District 12-N in Tennessee to be used in providing relief in the area affected by the wildfires.

Lions Clubs of East Tennessee pulled together to organize relief for those who were affected by the fires. On December 10, 2016, Lions gathered at a local Walmart to provide emergency shopping to 50 families in need. The families were able to get necessary food, water, and clothing. Since then, the Lions Clubs of East Tennessee have raised over US$50,000 to help the victims of the Gatlinburg-area wildfires.

Check out this video of Lions in action!

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Celebrating 30 Years of Peace

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In 1988, Lions Clubs International created the Peace Poster Contest as a way for young people to creatively express their visions of peace and allow them to share these visions with the world.

Over the last 30 years Lions clubs around the world have sponsored Peace Poster contests and helped promote peace and change lives. Each year one grand prize winner is chosen from an average of 600,000 entries! The grand prize winner receives a trip to an award ceremony where they receive a cash award of US$5,000 and an award. For some participants this award is truly life-changing.

Along with the grand prize winner, 23 merit award winners each receive a cash award of US$500 and a certificate of achievement. All 24 of the finalists have their artwork displayed at our International Convention. Each year when Lions gather from around the world they are able to see the talent, idealism and optimism of the young artists.

Our winners have come from all over the world. While the participants don’t all speak the same language, their art works show they all have a beautiful understanding of what peace looks like.

This year as we celebrate 30 years of promoting peace, we encourage all Lions clubs to sponsor a Peace Poster contest for the youth in their area. Learn more on the website.


Touchstone Story: Diabetes Awareness

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When International President Sten Akestam wanted to help raise awareness about diabetes, he turned to one of the most influential women in the world for help: Eppie Lederer, better known as advice columnist Ann Landers.

For decades, her syndicated column, “Ask Ann Landers,” helped readers tackle every human problem imaginable. Millions flipped through their newspapers each morning to read Landers’ thoughts on parent-child relationships, disputes with neighbors, moral quandaries, health problems and the feelings of the lovelorn. If Lions could get a letter about diabetes printed in Landers’ column, they could quickly reach a wide audience with important information.

Akestam, who served as international president from 1986 to 1987, wrote to Landers, explaining the risk factors, warning signs and consequences of diabetes—one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults in industrialized counties. “Please print this letter,” he wrote. “Millions of people need to see it, and if it runs in your column, they will.”

Akestam explained that Lions worldwide were involved with diabetes screening. Readers who wanted additional information about the disease or screenings could call their local Lions club or Lions Clubs International headquarters.

In January 1987, Akestam’s wish was granted. His letter and Landers’ response appeared in the more than 1,100 newspapers carrying her column. “I’m delighted to print it,” Landers wrote. “It will save lives. I hope you have a good number of trunks on that phone and many volunteers who are willing to answer it.”

Her advice to Akestam was spot-on. Lions headquarters received more than 1,000 phone calls asking for more information. Public interest was so high that headquarters printed thousands of brochures on diabetes and made them available to clubs.

Lions’ efforts to help control and treat diabetes and related complications, such as sight loss, have never ceased. Clubs host diabetes screenings in their communities, participate in annual events for diabetes awareness and raise funds for research and treatment. And with the number of people living with the disease estimated to grow to 592 million by 2035, the work of Lions will continue to be a vital part of preventing and treating diabetes.

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John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

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John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

Quality : HD
Title : John Wick: Chapter 2
Director : Chad Stahelski.
Writer :
Release : 2017-02-08
Language : English.
Runtime : 122 min.
Genre : Thriller, Action, Crime.

Synopsis :
Movie ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ was released in February 8, 2017 in genre Thriller. Chad Stahelski was directed this movie and starring by Keanu Reeves. This movie tell story about John Wick is forced out of retirement by a former associate looking to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to aid him, Wick travels to Rome and does battle against some of the world’s most dangerous killers.

John Wick: Chapter 2(2017)

Flood Victims in India

LCIF Awards Disaster Grants, December 2016

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Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) offers a variety of funding options to support various stages for disaster relief operations, including Disaster Preparedness, Emergency, Community Recovery and Major Catastrophe Grants.

For districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis, Emergency Grants provide up to US$10,000. Lions district governors may apply for disaster relief funds to help meet immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies. LCIF typically awards more than US$2 million in Emergency Grant funding each year.

In December 2016, LCIF awarded 12 emergency grants totaling US$95,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

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

Costa Rica, District D-4
US$10,000 for hurricane relief

Italy, District 108-L
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

Tennessee, USA, District 12-O
US$10,000 for tornado relief

Thailand, District 310-B
US$10,000 for flood relief

Indonesia, District 307-A2
US$10,000 for earthquake relief

India, District 324-A5
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A6
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

India, District 324-A1
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

Zimbabwe, District 412
US$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-A2
US$5,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 324-A8
US$5,000 for cyclone relief

Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.

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Try and Stop Us: Haiti Vision Mission

Monday, December 14, 2015

Today’s guest blog post is by Bradley Moss: A third generation Lion with 12 years of service, President of the Portugal Cove – St. Philip’s Lions Club in…

LQ: Leo Senior Prom

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

“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…

Trachoma: Defeating a Blinding Curse

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Lions and Lions Club International (LCIF) are very active in the fight against trachoma. LCIF’s SightFirst program has awarded more than US$47 million to The Carter Center, a…

Bill Gates has an Encouraging Video Message for Lions

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bill Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has an encouraging video message for Lions. LCIF has committed to raising US$30 million by 2017…