More than 10 years ago, Lions helped establish the Melvin Jones Health Center near Trujillo, Peru. This 24 hour center sees 300 patients every day for general medicine, pediatrics, emergency care and child birth. On the day of inauguration in 2002, the first baby was born at the center. To show her thanks to the Lions, the mother named the baby Melvin Jones.
When the Trujillo El Porvenir Lions Club decided to find Melvin for the International President’s visit, they found that he was no longer in school. After meeting Melvin and hearing his story, Past International President Barry Palmer knew that the Lions could help make a difference in Melvin’s life.
Take a look at the clip above and see how the Lions helped Melvin with his education and are extending support to all children. You can watch the entire October Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network
Today’s guest post was written about the Lions of Districts 322-B1, B2 and C1. Five days after the recent school shooting in Peshawar, Pakistan, the Lions organized a silent walk to promote peace. Their goal was to cultivate a spirit of understanding in people all across the globe. You can watch the video of their Walk for Peace on YouTube.
3500 citizens of the city gathered in Deshpriya Park to march together to send a clear signal of their resolve to demand peace and stay united for this cause that transcends all political borders. It demonstrated our solidarity with the devastated families of the recent shoot out and our determination to fight the menace that threatens the very fabric of human civilization.
It started when a couple of Lions were discussing the horrendous incident in Peshawar and wondered what they could do to protest. They spoke of their desire to organize a silent rally to demonstrate that one needs to combat terrorism by showing solidarity. Citizens of all countries wish to have a peaceful world for their children and themselves.
As Lions visited schools requesting them to participate, they were overwhelmed by the positive response received. Members of trade organizations and other NGOs expressed their desire to join us. A full page advertisement was put in the city’s largest circulated English daily to help spread the message as well as spreading the word through various social media sites. We extended an open invitation to the citizens of Kolkata to join for a cause that is so crucial to us and our future generations.
At 8:15am the Walk for Peace hit the roads of Kolkata. Heads of different religions led the march. Lions, Leos, children and members of other organizations walked together along with prominent citizens of Kolkata, sportspersons, film and TV stars, journalists and media persons.
A group of International students attracted media attention, as did a group of physically challenged young boys and girls. The one kilometer line of marchers ended at the Lions Safari Park where the children were given a food box and water. The program ended with a prayer in both Bengali and Hindi, and young Yashaswi Dasani recited a heart touching poem. Tears rolled down cheeks, the citizens of Kolkata parted with a promise to work together to combat the evil force of terrorism.
The Palermo dei Vespri Lions Club of Italy set up an eyeglass donation box at their local shopping mall. By collecting eyeglass, the Lions can provide those in need with the gift of sight. Other activities to promote recycling include:
Is your club interested in participating in the Lions Recycle for Sight Program? Check out our website for resources and materials to help get you started.
Although they live in different parts of the world, Kristinn and Dagny Hannesson (Mosfellsbaejar Lions Club, District 109B, Iceland) and Ron and BJ Finlay (Huron Shores Lions Club, District A9, Ontario, Canada) came up with the same idea to support LCIF and Campaign SightFirst II (CSFII). They all decided to use special personal celebrations to honor LCIF.
“Being a CSFII coordinator (2005 – 2008), I realized how great LCIF is. That’s also when I decided that I would not have a party for my 50th birthday. Instead, the estimated cost of that party would go to LCIF marked for CSFII, so in late August 2007, I donated US$17,000 in my club’s name,” explained Kristinn Hannesson. Hannesson inspired his wife Dagny Hannesson to have a CSFII “moneybox” at her 50th birthday party. She was able to donate US$3,470 in her club’s name following her party in 2008.
Around the same time but over 2,000 miles away, Ron and BJ Finlay celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends. Their commitment to LCIF took center stage, as BJ Finlay explains: “to make it even more special, we asked for donations to CSFII instead of any gifts. We were amazed at the amount donated, and with the help of then-International Director Beverley Stebbins, we proudly presented three Melvin Jones Fellowship recognitions to deserving Lions.”
Lions excel at finding creative and special ways to raise funds for LCIF. When people like the Hannessons and the Finlays forgo gifts, and even a party altogether, at special milestones in their lives so that they can show their support for LCIF, it shows just how generous and dedicated Lions everywhere are. And Lions can feel good knowing that they are giving many gifts to people in need around the world with their donations. “LCIF has always appealed to us because we are able to do so much for so many and every cent we send to LCIF goes to doing just that,” BJ Finlay said.
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Lions, I am excited to announce the news that our float from last year’s Rose Parade, “Lions Built Matteo’s Dream,” won the Tournament Special Trophy! This trophy is presented for having exceptional merit in multiple classifications.
This year, our “Inspiring Challenges” float features Lions providing recreational activities for the blind and visually impaired. The activities that will be displayed on the float are the Bling Fishing Derby, Blind Surfing, Blind Buddies Gold Challenge, Bling Bicycling and the Miracle League Blind Beep Baseball.
Make sure you visit the Lions Rose Float website and Facebook page for more videos and pictures of our past floats. I look forward to seeing this year’s float and getting to greet our fellow Lion friends in California! Be sure to watch for Joni and me on our “Inspiring Challenges” Rose float on January 1st.
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