In the wake of the worst natural disaster in Puerto Rico’s history, Lions are doing all they can to bring much-needed relief to the area. Lions in Multiple District 51 are supporting their communities by distributing food. Districts 51-C, 51-E, and 51-O are each distributing food to more than 6,000 people per day in many different communities around the area with funding from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).
Lions leaders in Multiple District 51 are currently making plans to provide further relief by accessing the ongoing needs of the communities. If you would like to help bring relief to those who need it most, consider donating to our disaster relief fund.
How many Lions are there around the world and what are they doing to serve others? Not long ago such questions required searching through piles of paperwork at Lions Clubs International headquarters. Today, MyLCI.org, Lions’ online membership and service reporting system, has the answers with a mere mouse click or two.
“Technology and our service [are] really the key to the success of this organization,” said Past International President Clement Kusiak, who served from 2004 to 2005.
The modernization of Lions records management accelerated with advances in digital technology in the early 21st century. At headquarters, the data gathering and processing functions moved to larger and more powerful mainframes, then to networked systems and ultimately to the Internet. In 2003, Lions launched the Web Monthly Membership Reporting, known as WWMR, which allowed online filing of club reports for the first time.
Over the next decade, Lions continued to upgrade and refine the WMMR program, and in 2012, Lions reintroduced it as MyLCI.
MyLCI is linked directly to the cloud and Lions’ club websites. Updates to club information on MyLCI are immediately reflected on club websites. Lions can quickly file reports, pay bills electronically and share the latest news without ever visiting a post office. But the improved technology does much more than reduce the time it takes to record membership and service numbers. It produces more accurate reports for donors and continues to reduce Lions’ carbon footprint by cutting down on the amount of paper forms and written correspondence.
Lions communication may one day be completely paperless. The digital version of LION Magazine already includes bonus materials not found in the physical edition. Videos and audio files inserted into the digital magazine provide readers with additional insights, stories and connections to Lions worldwide.
As technology—and access to it—improves, Lions will keep innovating to help Lions quickly share their great works of service.
Explore the exciting history of Lions Clubs International with our exclusive Touchstone Stories series. They’re a great resource for promoting service at your club meetings!
Lions Quest began as one teenager’s passion to find a better way to prepare young people to handle life’s challenges. Today, it is one of the most widely used social and emotional learning programs in the world.
In 1975, 19-year-old Rick Little of Findlay, Ohio, USA, suffered severe back injuries in an auto accident. Immobilized for six months, Little found himself with a lot of time to contemplate why schools were doing so little to help youth develop the life skills and strength of character needed to succeed as adults. When his injuries healed, Little set out on a nationwide pursuit for answers, interviewing teenagers, teachers and experts in child and adolescent development.
After a struggle to find initial funding, Little established Quest International in 1977 with the help of a US$130,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to design and develop values-based curricula and drug-use prevention programs. Little went to work creating teaching tools easy to adapt across different cultures and educational systems.
The Lions got involved in 1984 when the Lions Clubs International Foundation made its first grant to Quest International, a grant that funded additional program development and expansion. Later that year, Lions Clubs International formed a working partnership with Quest International to launch a major drug prevention initiative called Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence, targeting middle-school grades 6 through 8. Lions clubs partnered with local school systems to implement the program at the community level.
Over the next 18 years, Lion’s partnership with Little’s organization grew in scope and impact. Lions introduced programs to serve students at all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school. Independent researchers gave the programs high marks for promoting positive behaviors and boosting academic performance.
In 2002, LCIF acquired formal ownership of the curriculum materials. Lions Quest soon became Lions’ signature youth development program worldwide. By 2015, Lions Quest had grown to include 36 languages in 85 countries reaching more than 13 million students.
Lions clubs around the world have been key to the success and expansion of Lions Quest, supporting the program through local funding, coordinating teacher training, co-hosting parent meetings, speaking to youth and undertaking joint service projects with students.
Lions Quest goes beyond academics to teach students how to make responsible decisions, set goals, be accountable for their actions, develop healthy relationships, resist peer pressure and engage in community service.
Teaching materials are continually updated to meet new challenges.
In Turkey, for example, public and private school teachers are using Lions Quest to confront bullying. Mine Guven, a professor of early childhood education at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, is conducting an evaluation of the effort.
“I got involved in the program because the training was so impressive to me,” Guven said. “The challenges are the same all around the world. By using Lions Quest we manage to have peaceful classrooms.”
Explore the exciting history of Lions Clubs International with our exclusive Touchstone Stories series. Don’t forget to share these stories with new members so they gain an understanding of Lions history!
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 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. Community Recovery Grants aid districts interested in supporting short-term cleanup and repair efforts in situations where other organizations have already addressed immediate needs. Lions district governors may submit proposals for community recovery grants.
In November 2017, LCIF awarded 7 Emergency Grants and 2 Community Recovery Grant totaling US$95,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:
Columbia, District F-4
US$10,000 for flood relief
India, District 324-A5
US$5,000 for flood relief
India, District 324-A8
US$5,000 for flood relief
Italy, District 108-LA
US$20,000 for community recovery
Greece, District 117-A
US$10,000 for flood relief
Philippines, District 301-C
US$5,000 for flood relief
Malaysia, District 308-B2
US$10,000 for flood relief
Paraguay, District M-2
US$20,000 for school repairs
Republic of Korea, District 356-E
US$10,000 for earthquake relief
Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.
December 5th is the 60th Anniversary of the Leo Club Program. As part of the celebration, we asked members of the Leo Club Program Advisory Panel to share why they are proud to be a Leo. On December 5th, we encourage every Leo to share why they are a #ProudLeo on their Facebook page.
“I am a #ProudLeo because being a Leo has molded me into who I am today. For the past 15 years, I have seen myself become a stronger and respected leader, as well as successfully learned how to balance my career and education. Being a Leo has helped me shine in everything I have ever been involved in and today I proudly say that I am a Leo.”
Viluckshi Ravindran from Colombo Plaza Leo Club
“I am a #ProudLeo because being a Leo has taught me to have an open mind and to learn from different people and cultures, which has helped me grow as a better person. I have been given experiences and opportunities in leadership and along the way have made some of the closest friends. Being a Leo has truly been a life changing experience.”
Aayush Bagla from Calcutta Park Avenue Leo Club
“I am a #ProudLeo because of the skills I’ve learned to build a better world. There is a circle of giving because by helping others you help yourself. To build a better world we must help and we must serve.”
Juan Manuel “Pollo” Cáceres from Montevideo Ansina Leo Club
“I am a #ProudLeo because I knew from a young age that the meaning of life was to serve other people. Even as one person, there is so much I can do for others. As my favorite proverb says, ‘We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.’”
Shahenda Refaat from Alexandria Apollo Leo Club
“I am a #ProudLeo because of the personal, interesting and impactful ways I have been able to give back to society. As a Leo, I have been able to have leadership experience in an international environment and I have made friends with wonderful people from all around the globe.”
Andrej Marsic from Koper Capodistria Leo Club
I am a #ProudLeo because of how my Leo friendships and mentorships have fully blended into my life. I have been given opportunities that money can’t buy, building connections with Leos from every constitutional area and advising younger Leos in planning of successful service projects. I have never once regretted my decision to become a Leo.
Wong Cheng Yung Bobby from Singapore Alumni Leo Club
“I am a #ProudLeo because being a Leo gave me the opportunity to represent today’s youth. Only we can empower ourselves to realize the change we want to see in this world.”
Kyle Boutilier from Surrey Central Lions Club
“I am a #ProudLeo because through Leos I have had limitless opportunities to serve in a group in order to bring greater impact to the community. At the same time, being a Leo has allowed me to learn new things almost everyday, such as leadership skills, teamwork, and time management.”
Wong Tze Cheng from Serdang Leo Club
For more information on becoming a Leo or to sponsor a Leo Club, visit our website at http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/how-we-serve/youth/leo-club-program.php.
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