Lions Clubs International
Jun
18

Social Media Tip: How to Use Hashtags

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You might hear us telling Lions to use hashtags when posting pictures and stories of service activities on Facebook and Twitter, but what exactly is a hashtag and how do they work? Here’s a basic rundown:

What is a Hashtag?

hash·tag
ˈhaSHtag/
noun
(on social media sites such as Twitter) a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) and used to identify messages on a specific topic.

When you add #LionsClub to a message on Twitter or Facebook, you’re essentially joining a conversation. People on Twitter and Facebook can search for a specific hashtag, and your message will show up in those search results. Your hashtag is letting everyone know the great things that your Lions club is doing for the community.

Here is what shows up on Twitter when searching for messages with the hashtag #LionsClub:


Using Lions Hashtags

There is a handful of hashtags that we use in our social media communications, and we encourage Lions to use them, as well. Pick one or two hashtags under which your message falls; for example, if you’re posting a photo of a recent book drive for the Reading Action Program, add #ReadingActionProgram to the end of your message. Or if you’re sharing photos from your convention experience in Toronto, use #LCICon. For disaster relief efforts, use #LionsRelief. For more general posts — perhaps a simple photo of members at a meeting — use #LionsClub.

 

Lions Hashtags:
#LionsClub
#LeoClub
#LionsEverywhere
#ReadingActionProgram
#LCICon
#LionsRelief
#LIONMagazine
#LDUN
#LCIF
#LionsMeasles
#LeoSummit
#LionsPride
#WeServe

 

Share Your Stories

Hashtags also help us share your stories with Lions everywhere. We’ll often search for Lions hashtags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and post the stories on our official social media channels. Take pride in your service and help us share your story! #WeServe!

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Lions Clubs International
Jun
16

A Day in the Park with Lions

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The Miskolc First Lady Lions Club in Hungary had a great time celebrating Helen Keller Day earlier this month with blind people in the community. The Lions event invited blind people to join them at a local park for a day of relaxation and exercise, including gymnastics and Nordic walking. Fifty blind people joined in the fun!

Since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,” sight programs have become a huge part of Lions’ service around the world. These programs include eyeglass recycling, vision screenings, eye banks and more. How does your Lions serve the blind and visually impaired in your community?

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Lions Clubs International
Jun
12

Your Feedback: Advice for New Clubs

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We asked, and Lions answered!

What advice would you give to a newly chartered club?

  • Pamela Smith Masters: When recruiting new members, don’t worry about getting to a number–seek to connect with those who have a passion for the community and service.
  • Darrell DW: Grow slow and smart. Pick one service project or program goal and do not start another one until your club can sufficiently handle it.
  • Deidre Bridge: Keep building and attracting new people to join your journey and find projects that a relevant to your community needs right now. Get the community involved in setting and achieving your goals.
  • Tammi Maitland Walker Graber: Plan your year ahead. Which service projects will you do and who will chair the projects. How will you raise funds? Find out what your members like to and plan your fundraising doing those things. Have FUN.
  • Raymond Konkoleski: Never give up! Like a building, a strong club takes time to build. Charter Members are only the foundation. Don’t compare yourself to clubs that have been building for forty or fifty years. The only goal you need is to do more as a club and to be a better club than you were yesterday. The rest will take care of itself.
  • Peavy Michael: Remember also that to be able to recognize the needs in your communities you must have communication from within the community and vice versa. I am 40 yrs old and have been a member for about 4 years now. After attending Zone meetings, District and State conventions it has become apparent the lack of youth in our International organization. Reach out to your young businessman and women. They will lead you in the right direction!
  • Yorktown Lions: 1) Your goal is to have a group of people who enjoy being with, and working with, each other; 2) work with a 12 month planning calendar ; 3) begin with a modest service project(s) that 1 or 2 members will champion ; 4) consider partnerships with scout troops, food pantries, veterans groups, hospitals, other Lions Clubs ; 5) think medium and long term: this is a marathon , not a sprint!
  • Alec Owen: Survey each of your members as to what projects they are specifically interested in and excite them, then implement these into the club plan for the coming year. Most people I have talked to want “hands-on” activities that make them feel like they are contributing to a cause they are interested in. Also pick one District activity to get the club involved in – this enables members to meet other clubs and spawn even more ideas. Have fun and serve the community!

Join the conversation! Leave a comment below and share your best advice for newly chartered Lions clubs.

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Lions Clubs International
Jun
11

Helping Kids at Risk through Tourism

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The Canberra Lions in Australia are turning tourism into a way to help kids at risk. They have funded the Westwood Lodge, a new 70 bed hostel that provides accommodations for school, sports and community groups visiting Canberra. Revenue from the hostel will go back to kids in the community, helping to finance Lions programs for young people at risk.

Today’s Lions success story was sent to us through the Submit a Photo page on the LCI website. Do you have a story to share? Let Lions everywhere know how your club is making an impact in your community!

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Jun
10

Serving Pancakes, Serving the Community

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A special thanks to the cast of Second City in Chicago for helping us put together this fun video, which we hope can spread the word about Lions clubs, motivate Lions to invite new members and embrace new ideas, and encourage everyone to eat more pancakes (and waffles!). Be sure to share the video with your club, friends and family!

Pancake breakfasts are a big part of Lions culture and tradition — not only because pancakes are delicious, but because they also help bring the community together while raising funds for a good cause.

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For the Lubbock Lions Club in Texas, USA, pancakes help feed the community beyond breakfast. The 2009 Guinness World Record holders for the most pancakes served in a 8 hour period, the Lubbock Lions just held their 61st annual Pancake Festival in 2014. Each year, they donate US$150,000 to local charities, the majority of which is raised from tickets sold to the Pancake Festival. The 2014 festival raised $100,000!

To date, the Lions have contributed $1,600,000 to local charities, including the American Cancer Society – Hope Lodge, the American Red Cross South Plains, Goodwill Industries, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of Lubbock, Lubbock Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, National Kidney Foundation, Texas Lions Camp, Outstanding Youth Scholarships, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and more.

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Daniel Castro, president of the Lubbock Lions, says the event is a “community staple” — bringing together volunteers from Texas Tech, the local police force and other local organizations that help make the breakfast a success. It’s an event that the entire community looks forward to each year, and it’s become so big that it’s now the only pancake breakfast in town. This past year was the first time the Lions served hot, crispy bacon alongside the mountains of pancakes and syrup. Maybe next year, waffles? Maybe.

Learn more about Lions pancake breakfast history and successes in the April 2011 LION Magazine.

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