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Dec
17

Feeding the Children in Ecuador

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The Milagro Melvin Jones Lions Club in Ecuador organized the third version of their hunger and literacy project –providing 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students with food and books. Students enjoyed story time, a healthy snack and were able to get their face painted. It was another great success for those in the community.

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We encourage Lions all across the globe to participate in the Centennial Service Challenge by organizing youth, vision, hunger and environmental projects. These projects count towards our goal of serving 100 million people by 2017. Lions, report your activities to MyLCI and share pictures on social media sites using the hashtag #LIONS100. That way other clubs can see how you’re making an impact in your community.

How are you feeding children in your community?

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Dec
15

Lions in Action: Vision Screening Technology

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The Lions Club of Bloomfield, New York received an irregular result during one of their vision screenings at the local elementary school. Brianna Leitten was one of 11 students, but as a result of further testing, the Leittens discovered a cancerous tumor in their daughter’s eye. Thanks to the vision screening camera the Lions used, Brianna’s life was saved.

The Lions Step In

Through their yearly vision screenings, the Bloomfield Lions Club is able to help test the eyesight of preschool and kindergarten children. “Oftentimes young students have no idea if they’re having trouble with their vision,” says Mary Sue Bennett, principal of Bloomfield Elementary. Students who struggle with their vision will have a hard time succeeding in school, which is why it is important to screen at an early age.

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Within 30 seconds of taking a picture, the camera can determine whether the child has passed or needs to be referred for further testing. Mike Bartle, the Lion who screened Brianna, said, “The camera has a set of criteria. And so if it detects anything that’s out of the tolerance levels, it’ll come up and it’ll say either refer or pass if everything is adequate.”

Fast Facts

It is estimated that about 19 million children are visually impaired. Lions work to improve sight by screening hundreds of thousands of people every year.

Make it Happen: Vision Screening in Your Community

Below, read advice and tips from the Bloomfield Lions to help you get started and plan a vision screening in your community.

  • How do the children react to being tested?  »
    The kids are never frightened when they have the screening. They come in and they think they’re having their picture taken. They like the cool noise that the makes. They smile, they’re not afraid and that’s huge.
  • What is a referral? »
    We send a letter to the parents along with the criteria that the camera had found, so the parents can then follow up with their eye doctor. Typically it’s nearsighted or farsighted –nothing major. I’ve heard that every once in a while somebody will determine or find a childhood cataract or something like that, but the cancerous tumor was something above and beyond that. It really opened our eyes as to how beneficial this program really is, not only for us, but for other Lions Clubs that are out there.
  • How can Lions serve more children? »
    I feel that it’s very important that we get as many cameras out there as possible, because the more cameras that are out there, the easier it is for everyone to get their children’s eyes screened. Increasing the number of cameras that Lions have and increasing the number of Lions trained on using those cameras means we can screen more kids and hopefully prevent more vision issues from being permanent for the children.

Brianna, her mother and Lion Mike Bartle will be on the panel discussing this year’s theme, “Children in Need,” at the Lions Day with the UN on March 7th, 2015. Join us as we celebrate 70 years of partnership! register-now-blue

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Dec
12

Committed to Saving Sight

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Lions’ long history of improving vision is what helped William Wildhack decide to become a Lion 20 years ago. “What attracted me to Lions is the emphasis on sight and what we as Lions do for those in need. Without corrective lenses, I am about 20/1000. Eye sight has always been very important to me, probably because mine isn’t so good,” Wildhack explained.

Giving through Melvin Jones Fellowships

Wildhack, an attorney and IRS agent, understands just how important combating vision loss is, as well as how treatable it is for the majority of the world’s people with sight problems. It is this understanding that prompted Wildhack to first become a Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF) with a US$1,000 donation, and then a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow (PMJF), with subsequent US$1,000 donations. “I became a PMJF because I know that every minute of every day, someone goes blind, and 80 percent of all blindness is preventable. The need is great, and one way I can help is through LCIF.” Wildhack serves as a passionate ambassador for Lions clubs and LCIF in his community; he has even persuaded several non-Lions to become Melvin Jones Fellows.

Continuing SightFirst efforts

Wildhack’s Lions club became very involved with supporting SightFirst with the first fundraising campaign, and continued raising funds for Campaign SightFirst II (CSFII). “Through CSFII, we raised funds by meeting with individuals or other groups face to face, through local cable TV, speaking to Lions clubs, other groups and especially my clients,” said Wildhack.

And for Wildhack, the rewards of supporting LCIF and Sightfirst keep paying off: “It feels really good to know that by raising US$57,000 for SightFirst, our Lions club saved more than 9,500 individuals from blindness. In fact, I still get choked up when I read or hear updates about the individuals reached through our SightFirst program.”

From LCIF: Our Impact Story Archives

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Dec
11

Celebrating #LeoDay in Pakistan

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Leos all over the world celebrated International Leo Day on December 5th by organizing projects such as food drives, book donations and even making picture videos showcasing projects they have done throughout the year. In celebration of International Leo Day, two Leo Clubs from District 305-N1 Pakistan organized youth and environmental activities.

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The Multan Galaxy Leo Club set up an activity day for children at a local orphanage. Leos provided food and participated in fun activities, such as painting and sports games.

The Kasur Royal United Leo Club celebrated their day with a tree planting project inviting members of the community to join in the festivities. Throughout the day, Leos planted trees, watered plants and sprayed herbs in their Leo Club Nursery and Sports Ground. They called their project, “Plant a Tree, To Clear Environment and Green Pakistan.”

15974245511_aee2df42b7_zNo matter where they were or what project they organized, Leos celebrated International Leo Day by showing their dedication to service. Share your activities with us! Follow the Leo Club Program on Facebook.

How did your club celebrate Leo Day?

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Dec
10

LQ: Canadian Dog Guides

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The Lions Foundation of Canada trains dogs to assist those who suffer from physical and medical disabilities, such as vision and hearing loss, autism, diabetes and epilepsy. It takes months of training to learn formal obedience and skills, including opening and closing doors and fetching items off the floor. Lions all over Canada show their support by participating in walks to raise money for the dog guide school. With their help, people like Cindy are able to receive these dog guides at no cost.

View the clip above and see how Cindy is raising awareness for epilepsy and dog guides. You can watch the entire October Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.

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