This year, the ANZI-Pacific Forum was held in Adelaide, Australia on August 29th through the 31st. It truly was a “Passport to Excellence.” I was privileged to formally open the Forum and spread the message to Strengthen the Pride. Not only did I enjoy some great musical entertainment, but I also got to be the entertainment. Everyone was on their feet singing and dancing along with Joni and me. We had a great time!
Though you may not have been with me in Adelaide, I am still encouraging you, Lions, to Strengthen the Pride through service, strengthening your club and creativity. This October is Membership Growth month, so I am urging you to Ask One. If every Lion asked just one person to join their club, imagine how much more we could do!
Join with me in helping to Strengthen the Pride!
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Today’s guest blogger from the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club in the Philippines talks about the new hunger project they have started and the impact it is making in their community. Hunger Projects work towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017 as part of the Centennial Service Challenge. Don’t forget to record your activities on MyLCI.
It has been nine months since Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Visayas Area in the Philippines and our city, the City of Ormoc, was one of those mostly affected. Our city and our lovely homes were not only affected, but also our economy and our livelihood. Most of our brothers and sisters struggle to find work and to feed their families because there is no more food/financial assistance to be received from the government and other various organizations. Many of the children who are victims of the super typhoon are malnourished because their parents don’t have enough money to buy nutritious food to help them grow healthy and strong.
So, on September 7, 2014 we started our “Feed a Child Program” to assist the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan. Through this program, we feed the children in our area twice a month for nine months. We know we will have a small impact on the children, but we will have a big impact on the community — one where they know that the Ormoc Supreme Lions Club and the Ormoc Ultimate Lions Club care for the children in their community. Through this, we give them hope that we, Lions Clubs, are always there to help the less fortunate.
Clerson Nacimento, 13, and Windson Randrei, 12, lived on the streets of Recife, a large Brazilian city with white-sand beaches and squalid slums. The streets offered a grim daily reality of drugs and drug dealers, random violence, petty theft, hunger and, perhaps most tragic of all, an utter lack of guidance and love.
Brazilian Lions wanted to give these children a chance at life. With the assistance of an LCIF US$75,000 standard/matching grant, the Street Children Center was constructed in 2001. Two years later, the Foundation gave a US$60,000 grant for expansion so the center could accommodate 50 children instead of 23. The Street Children Center includes a dormitory, dining room, classrooms and exercise room—it’s a safe haven for children who have lived lives of chaos. Thanks to LCIF and Lions, thousands of young people around the world, like Nacimento and Randrei, have been given the opportunity live, learn and begin to dream about their futures. But there are still countless more children who need our help.
With the Street Children Center to call home, Nacimento and Randrei began to feel hopeful and cared about after years of neglect. Once destined for prison or an early death, they now are beginning to enjoy being kids for the first time and are looking forward to becoming productive citizens. After being at the Street Children Center for just one month, Nacimento said, “I want to be a doctor. The street is so bad. I want to tell the other street children to come here so they can stop suffering.” Added Randrei, “I love it here. We go on day trips to the beach and to the museums. We play. We even have tea time. I would like to thank Lions for this opportunity.”
From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives
Our social media team here at Lions Clubs International headquarters often features clubs’ photos and stories on the official Lions Facebook page. If you’d like to see your club on our page, here are a few ways to get your club’s project featured.
If your club does not have a Facebook page, we encourage your club secretary to create one. Be sure to follow the LCI Facebook page. Post photos or videos on your page of your club in action at a recent service activity, and describe how you’re helping the community. As we go through our news feed each day, we’ll share interesting photos and projects from clubs’ pages to our own page. We will not accept stories or photos shared to us through Facebook private messaging or through comments.
Another way for you to submit your projects to us is through the Lions Blog. These posts are then shared on all of our social media channels.
We would love to share your story on the blog. The types of stories we are looking for are short, first-person stories that share personal experiences.
If you are interested in submitting to the blog, check out the Lions Blog Contributor Guidelines for more information.
Submit a Photo is a way for you to share pictures of projects and events held by your Lions club. We review these photos on a daily basis, and many of them end up being shared on our social media channels, including Facebook, the blog and Flickr.
To acquire permission to publish photos taken by your club, download the Photo/Video Authorization Form or Child Photo/Video Authorization Form. Are you interested in sharing a club project? You can Submit Your Story by filling out the Project Details form.
While we would love to help you get the word out about your project, with thousands of clubs worldwide, it would be nearly impossible to promote each club’s events at the local level. We suggest posting the events to your club’s page.
By posting your success stories, you can help motivate other Lions to tackle a project similar to yours in their own community. Keep up the good work, Lions.
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