Senior Citizens Dancing at Prom
Apr
5

Leos Invite Seniors to Prom

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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 was written by Leo Club Program Advisory Panelist, Kyle Boutilier.

In the past month, my home club, the Kwantlen Park Leo Club, has had the opportunity to take part in some outstanding service projects. The Kwantlen Park Leo Club is based at Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The newly created Surrey Central Lions Club sponsors them. On March 2nd, my Leo club celebrated its 5th birthday and we look forward to the next five years and beyond!

Senior Citizens Seated at Prom

This February, the Leos continued with their annual senior citizens prom on February 13th, 2016. This is the second year running of this project and the dance was met with enthusiasm and success. The seniors (55+) of Surrey boogied the night away and enjoyed a delicious meal! Approximately 80 people attended and enjoyed the dancing, prizes and of course food. A local business provided the music and the City of Surrey co-sponsored the event with the KP Leos! The planning of the project began in January and posters and decorations were hand made by the members of the Kwantlen Park Leos Club. The many hours of making posters, planning, and promoting the dance was well worth it as the seniors gave rave reviews. This project helped demonstrate to the seniors that young people are very passionate and care about their elders.

Other Leo Clubs can organize a similar project in their community by seeking the support of local businesses and the municipal government. A good mix of passion, hard work, and enthusiasm can make this project successful in any community.

The Leo Club Program gives young people the opportunity to serve their communities, develop leadership skills, make new friends and have fun! Learn more about the Leo Club Program and find out how to start a Leo club in your community.   

Young Boy Brushing Teeth
Apr
3

Leos Teach Local Children About Dental Hygiene

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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 Bali Shanti Leo Club in Indonesia. This Omega Leo club, sponsored by the Bali Surya Host Lions Club, will celebrate its 3 year anniversary next month.

In December 2015, the Bali Shanti Leo Club held an event called “Action Day with Leo.” On this special day, Leos participated in several service activities including a dental hygiene program for children.  In the morning, Leos taught 168 primary school students about proper dental hygiene. Together with the students, Leos practiced brushing their teeth. Leos also provided the students with their own toothbrushes, toothpaste, and milk. “They were really excited with this activity because this is the first time they learned how to brush teeth properly,” said a Leo volunteer.

Leos demonstrate proper dental hygiene

Through activities like this, Leo clubs bring hope and laughter to children in need around the globe. Leo clubs that plan and implement projects to enrich the lives of children are eligible to receive a Spotlight on Children banner patch. Learn more about Spotlight on Children on LCI’s website.

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Apr
1

LCIF Awards 7 Disaster Relief and Emergency Grants, March 2016

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When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Emergency grants provide up to US$10,000 for districts impacted by a natural disaster that has affected at least 100 people, including tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.

In March 2016, LCIF awarded 7 emergency and disaster relief grants totaling US$70,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:

Ecuador, District G 2
$10,000 for flood relief

Louisiana, USA, District 8 L
$10,000 for flood relief

Louisiana, USA, District 8 I
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LC 2
$10,000 for flood relief

Louisiana, USA, District 8 O
$10,000 for flood relief

Brazil, District LC 5
$10,000 for flood relief

Mississippi, USA, District 30 M
$10,000 for flood reliefA woman wearing her yellow Lions vest holds an infant boy and relief materials

Lions Clubs International
Mar
30

VOPA and U.S. Lions: Protect Your Club

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Lions organize service activities throughout the U.S. – from park cleanups to 5K races, vision screenings to clothing drives, Lions clubs are vital to their community. As with any event open to family, friends and the public, it’s important to consider the safety of those attending. If someone gets hurt while collecting trash on the beach or carrying boxes to the local food bank, your club may held legally responsible for resulting damages, injuries or legal claims. This is a common occurrence that has forced many clubs to dissolve or file bankruptcy as a result.

With current legislation, your club is at risk of losing its ability to help others.

What Is the Volunteer Organization Protection Act (VOPA)?

If signed into law, the VOPA bill will provide enhanced protection to nonprofit organizations in the United States for harm caused by an individual volunteer in the performance of their service. This would protect U.S. Lions clubs from being drawn into lawsuits should an accident occur during a Lions club service activity or event.

With VOPA protecting your club, you can focus your resources on the needs of your community.

How to Support the VOPA

Contact your Member of Congress! The more representatives co-sponsor the VOPA, the higher the chances of the bill being signed into law and Lions clubs receiving the protection they deserve!

Write, call or visit your U.S. Senator or House Representatives, and urge him or her to support this important bill.

Resources for Supporting the VOPA

Questions? Contact GovermentRelations@lionsclubs.org.

LCIF Foundation
Mar
28

Message from the Chairperson: LCIF Supports Lions’ Compassionate Works

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Dear Lions,

Alongside Lions and our partners, we have made great strides in reducing measles deaths worldwide, but 400 people still die each day from this preventable disease. LCIF and Lions are working hard to reduce that number. To find out more about how Lions are involved in measles work, watch “Lions Take a Stand against Measles.”WithChildrenIndia

When you donate to Lions Measles Initiative, your donation will be doubled by the Gavi Matching Fund, which is financially supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This matching program doubles the impact of your gift. Through our joint efforts with Gavi and other partners, we will increase access to quality immunization services at every level to benefit children around the world.

We know that we can eliminate this disease. But we cannot do it alone. Please consider making a donation to LCIF. Remember, it only takes about US$1 to vaccinate a child against measles. Each and every Lion can make a difference in the life of a child.

Together in Service,

Joe Preston
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Read the rest of the March newsletter here

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