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Dec
9

Lions Services for Children Symposium Program

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A Lions Services for Children Symposium allows Lions to determine new ways of serving children in need and to develop partnerships with those in the community who work with underserved children. Symposium topics are directed towards improving the lives of children through themes such as:

  • Literacy and Education
  • Health Needs
  • Obesity in Children and Youth
  • Coping with Disabilities
  • Street Children: Health, Education and Safety

In order to prepare for a well-executed symposium, it is important to form a planning committee, select a theme, date, location and more. Check out our guidelines for steps in organizing a symposium.

At this time, symposium funding remains available for one district or multiple district in Constitutional Areas 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and the Continent of Africa. In order to receive approval for funding reimbursement for a Lions Services for Children Symposium, please submit a completed signed application, along with an agenda and list of speakers. Applications that meet the qualifications are approved by LCI on a first come, first served basis. On January, 1, 2015, if funding remains available, applications will be considered from any Constitutional Area and Africa.

If you are interested in hosting a Lions Services for Children Symposium, visit our website for more information.

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Dec
8

Hungry for an Opportunity to Serve?

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Every night nearly 1 billion people go to sleep hungry, according to USAID. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Nearly 100 years ago, our founder, Melvin Jones had a vision of community leaders coming together to solve global problems like hunger. Today, his vision lives on as Lions Clubs International.

This January make a difference in your community by joining the Lions Worldwide Week of Service. The week-long celebration of service honoring the birth of Melvin Jones kicks off January 10th and is the perfect opportunity to sponsor a service project addressing hunger in your community.

Not sure how to get started? January is Relieving the Hunger Month, and Lions clubs everywhere are sponsoring service projects helping to ease hunger around the globe. Whether it’s donating to a food bank or delivering meals to older members of your community, there are countless ways to make a difference this January.

And remember, your club can earn a special Centennial banner patch with gemstone design when you participate in the Lions Worldwide Week of Service in January by sponsoring a service project impacting one of our Global Service Action campaigns.

For project ideas and more information on Relieving the Hunger, download the project ideas list. Then visit the Lions Worldwide Week of Service in January website to learn more about the celebration and to download the flyer to share with your club. Together we can ensure that no one in our communities has to go to bed hungry.

Start planning your project and make a difference today!

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Dec
5

Meet Lion Noelene, a Generous Spirit

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Today’s guest blog post was written by Annabelle Regan. Annabelle and her fellow university classmates created this video, “Noelene from Lions,” as a part of a group project to create a short documentary about an unsung hero in their community. For more information, follow the Lions Clubs of Australia on Facebook, and stay up-to-date on their current projects and activities.

Thirty-four years of service to Lions Club Australia is no small feat. Noelene Heggart and her fellow Lions at the Lions Club of Mayfield Waratah for the Blind and Vision Impaired, have a passion and generosity that has driven them to work tirelessly for other people for so many years. And they show no signs of slowing down just yet.

Joining the Lions Club in 1979, Noelene worked hard to move from being a “Lions Lady” to the first female district governor of 201N3. During her period as governor, she was instrumental in the chartering of the Lions Club of Mayfield Waratah Blind and Vision Impaired in 1997, and has been to every meeting since. The club was formed on the idea of allowing everyone, no matter what their ability is, to contribute to making their community a better place. Seventeen years later, that ideology still remains.

They give wherever they can. Last year donations were made to 24 different causes, nationally and globally. They never set any focus on monetary goals, instead focusing on contributing where they can. In every charitable project, everyone participates in whatever way they are able. From Christmas shoebox appeals, charity raffles, lucky envelopes to larger projects supporting Special Needs children in the Kiribati islands; sending over educational supplies as well as measured canes for the blind and vision impaired children. These Lions’ wish is only to help those less fortunate.

I met Noelene after a search to record a short documentary about an unsung hero in my community. After first meeting with her, it was immediately evident that she possessed a kindness and positive spirit that was simply unparalleled. She was the heart of her local Lions Club. She welcomed me into their club like I was one of their own and inspired me with their love for their community and desire to see positive change.

Meeting Noelene and her fellow Lions was truly inspirational. Her selfless nature was immediately evident upon first meeting her. Listening to her speak of her efforts and achievements was never an individual effort, but work achieved through the Lions community of which she was a part. Her passion for the Lions club and helping those less fortunate in her community resonated with me. She truly encapsulates the Lions spirit: selfless, generous, passionate and constantly working to better her community.

The four minute film “Noelene from Lions” was made by April Linacre, Siobhan Kelly, Hunter Powell and Annabelle Regan as a University group project. Our aim was to showcase Noelene’s amazing generous spirit.

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Dec
4

Read the December LION Magazine

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In the special edition December LION Magazine, read first-person stories from Lions around the world about what being a Lion means to them.

  • Discover what Clermont Lion Sue Topf considers a life-changing service project.
  • Learn how Bacolod city Host Lion Em Legaspi Ang finds inspiration despite daunting service needs.
  • Find out how 100 Mile House Lion Neil VanderHorst connects being a Lion with being an optometrist.
  • Read Belo Horizonte Itacolomi Lion Olga De Arujo Moreira’s opinions of the changes needed for her club to move into the future.
  • Find out how Kam Vara, a Milton Keynes Central Lion, joined a club but found a family.

Visit the LION Magazine page to contact editors, view past issues and listen to the audio version of the magazine.

 

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Dec
3

Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign

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Between the months of December and January, we are encouraging Lions to get involved and help relieve world hunger through participation in the Relieving the Hunger Global Service Action Campaign. We encourage Lions to not only plan hunger relief projects during these months, but throughout the year.

Working with Partners                                                  

Learn the best ways of working with our partners, Feeding America and Global Foodbanking Network, and local partners such as food pantries, soup kitchens, restaurants, schools, senior centers and more.

Check out our webinar, “Working Together to Relieve Hunger” for ideas, stories and best practices for working with our food banking partners to relieve hunger.

Hunger Project Ideas

During these months we will highlight hunger projects such as:

Participate in the Centennial Service Challenge

Lions worldwide are working towards serving 100 million people by 2017 through their participation in the Centennial Service Challenge with projects that focus on youth, vision, the environment and hunger. Our goal is to benefit 25 million people through hunger relief, with a special goal of serving 10 million with ongoing food assistance. Report your club’s activities to MyLCI, and don’t forget to share photos of your project on social media sites with the hashtag #LIONS100.

How will your club relieve the hunger?

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