Leos reading to children with disabilities
Apr
19

Leos and Lions Come Together For Children with Special Needs

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April is Leo Club Awareness Month! To celebrate and recognize Leo clubs, the Lions Blog will feature stories about Leo service projects around the world. Today’s story features the Iloilo Host Premier Leo Club in Philippines. This Omega Leo Club celebrates its second anniversary this month. It was chartered in April 2014 by the Iloilo Host Lions Club.

Iloilo Host Premier Leos organized a service activity for children with special needs. Leos invited neighboring clubs to participate in the activity. Leos helped demonstrate proper hand-washing techniques as well as dental hygiene. During lunch, Leos also read stories to the children. In addition to partnering with other Leo clubs, the Iloilo Host Premier Leo Club invited its sponsoring Lions club to contribute to the project by donating food and vitamins for the children.

Lions and Leos serving together

“The key to a successful service project is teamwork. If you are planning to have a service project in your local community, you have to communicate with your sponsoring Lions Clubs for them to facilitate things that they could sponsor. At the same time, invite or coordinate with other Leo Clubs in your district. In this way, it will make the work easy to accomplish. Working together makes impossible turn possible.” – Leo Miles Armada of Iloilo Host Premier Leo Club

During Leo Club Awareness Month, Leos and Lions are encouraged to serve together and make a difference within their communities. Clubs that successfully collaborate together can apply for the Leo Lion Serving Together Banner Patch.

Children meditating and practicing yoga
Apr
17

Leos Serve Children with Dignity

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April is Leo Club Awareness Month! To celebrate and recognize Leo clubs, the Lions Blog will feature stories about Leo service projects around the world. Today’s story comes from the Ichalkaranji Leo Club in India. The Ichalkaranji Leo Club boasts 75 Leo club members and is sponsored by the Ichalkaranji Lions Club.

Children smiling

Every day, millions of children miss out on the joys of childhood. Through Spotlight on Children projects, Leo clubs can bring hope and laughter to vulnerable children.

During the month of January, the Ichalkaranji Leo Club organized a week long service project for vulnerable children living in a slum. The purpose of the project was to promote self-confidence through meditation, yoga and other activities. Together with the children, Leos also participated in recreational games and a magic show. Children who attended the camp also received a month supply of food grains to take home to their families. “The project was outstanding. The smiles on their faces were worth the effort,” said a Leo. The Ichalkaranji Leo Club continues to serve these children with follow up meetings every Saturday evening.

There are many opportunities for Leos to serve children and restore dignity. What will your Leo club do to bring hope to children in need?

Apr
16

Lions Respond to Earthquake in Japan

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Dear Lions,

A series of strong earthquakes and aftershocks have struck the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan over the past 72 hours, resulting in many fatalities, hundreds of injuries, and significant damage to buildings.

I know you join me in praying for the victims and families of this latest natural disaster.

Although the government and people of Japan are well-equipped to handle earthquake situations, Lions are standing by to provide whatever assistance is necessary. I am in close contact with Lions leaders in the region. They are meeting on Monday to determine whether an emergency grant is warranted and, if so, how it could best be used in this unfolding situation.

The generosity of Lions around the world enables us to respond when needed to disaster scenarios wherever they strike. This year alone LCIF has provided emergency grants in the amount of US$4.8 million. Emergency grants allow Lions on the scene to work with local governments and agencies as first respondents – providing food, water, clothing and other much needed supplies, as well as temporary housing.

No area of the world is immune to a natural disaster. But with 1.4 million members in over 200 countries or geographic areas, Lions are in a position to respond when necessary.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada

International President

Joe Preston

Chairperson, LCIF

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Apr
15

In the April LION Magazine…

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America’s Great Fair

In the April LION Magazine, Lions put on the king of fairs in Alabama, the bionic eye is a reality and the ancient sport of chariot racing still rumbles in Wyoming.

Also in this issue:

In the Digital LION, watch a video of the chariot races, view the latest LQ-Lions Quarterly and view the Higher Key Award recipients.

Visit lionmagazine.org 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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Apr
14

Congrats to Peace Essay Contest Winner Joel Greek

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At Lions Day with the United Nations on March 12, 2016, International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada presented a special plaque and a check for US$5,000 to 12-year-old Joel Greek from South Africa, for his winning Lions International Peace Essay.

The annual Peace Essay Contest encourages blind and visually impaired young people to express their thoughts of peace through the written word. The theme for the 2015-16 contest was “Share Peace.” Gordon Bay’s Lions Club President Jimmy Lang chose Joel’s essay as the winning piece for his Lions district.

Life has been challenging for Joel and his mother, who raised Joel on her own. The two of them live in a backyard in Cape Town. Joel had a brain tumor when he was 6 months old and had to go through chemotherapy. Doctors doubted that he would live past the age of 1. The tumor resulted in optic glaucoma, and he is now blind in one eye and has partial vision in the other. He has had tumors his entire life, including one that caused him to be hospitalized around the time he submitted his essay.

Despite all of this, Joel wrote in his essay, “I myself am a young boy with a disability, the only one in my family. Yet they accept me knowing I am capable of anything. We have an opportunity to change the world.”

You can read Joel’s full essay here.

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