As a Lion, there are so many opportunities to learn and grow, so we can serve our communities in the best way possible. Who better to help Lions navigate through community service and leadership roles than other Lions?
WHAT: The Lions Certified Instructor Program (LCIP)
WHO: We’re looking for Lions who have experience as a trainers or educators!
WHY: Certified instructors who have passed our new program can help improve learning opportunities at LCI-directed institutes, DGE seminar and other training related events.
HOW: Click the link below for more details on the program, qualifications and how to apply!
Learn the benefits of becoming Lions faculty from Lions themselves. It’s a rewarding experience that allows you to learn more, grow your network, and expand your reach to communities around the globe!
“The connection made with the participants is the best part of being a faculty member. Seeing Lions grow in knowledge and skills making them stronger Lions, ultimately leads to better service for our communities. To see new Lions gain confidence and experience was powerful.
As Lions we always need to grow and continue to learn. Being a faculty member engages me to keep growing. There is always something to be learned at any training or learning experience.”
“The most valuable takeaway I experience from being a Lions Faculty includes understanding the different cultures, way of living, standard of educations, personal desire/ambition, and abilities of the participants.
It’s not a one-way street anymore; there’s great communications and appreciations amongst the faculties and participants.”
“Without a doubt what I love most about being part of the faculty, is to watch people evolve and become more self-assured from the moment they get there. They enter hesitant and unsure what to expect and they leave confident, motivated and inspired. Lions and Leos all have a desire to improve themselves, their clubs, the community and the world around them!
Every benefit that you give to the attendees is every benefit you receive back in return tenfold. Lions Clubs International has changed my life considerably. It has changed how I prepare and do business as well as my personal life. I benefit from every class I prepare for and do.”
“I love the adrenaline each institute generates in me. It is a real challenge to prepare the lessons, to think of how Lions might enjoy working or dealing with different topics and activities. It is fun to meet the other Faculty members, we have a great time together besides we learn a lot from each other.”
Becoming Lions faculty ensures that LCI has a strong trained team of Lions delivering a consistent curriculum throughout the Lions world. Experience as faculty has provided me and continues to develop my personal leadership, facilitation skills, and growth as a Lion leader.
On July 22, 2011, the calm of a normal day in Norway was shattered by an explosion in Oslo, the nation’s capital, just a few doors from the prime minister’s office. Hours later, as police were investigating the car bomb that killed eight and injured more than 200, the man responsible had already taken a ferry to the nearby island Utøya, killing 69 youth camp attendees, adult supervisors and camp employees.
The gunman was taken into custody by police, but in a country that hadn’t seen this kind of violence since World War II, it was an act of terrorism that most young people could not comprehend. One in four Norwegians knew someone who had been affected by the attack. Michelle Borgli of the Fredrikstad Sorgenfri Lions Club, a participant at a similar youth camp organized by the Lions, said that “the day before the bombings, we were in [Oslo] with the camp. It affected the students more when they realized how young the people were—and they were at a camp just like us.”
The Lions of Norway seized the opportunity to help youth camp participants understand this tragedy and spread peace as well.
Helle Soos, also of the Fredrikstad Sorgenfri Lions Club, said the aftermath of this tragedy “was a golden opportunity to get a new way of doing the camp,” encouraging camp participants to imagine peace.
For more than 60 years, the Lions Club Youth Camp and Exchange Program had attracted young people from all over the world to Norway. The Norway Imagine Peace Camp is one of more than 100 Lions camps around the world held each year. Camp activities include sports, a variety show and visits to locations of cultural interest, but at the Imagine Peace Camp there is a special focus on fostering discussions of peace and building international friendships.
“In my part of the world, I’ve never known peace,” said 2015 camp participant Milad Bisharat of Israel. “We face problems inside Israel and outside. . . . The traditions here are awesome. Nobody cares who you are or what you are—they’re just friends with you.”
Lions also promote peace across the North Sea in Germany. Since 1967, the Peace Village, a partnership between the Lions Club and Peace Village International, has helped more than 42,000 children heal together. Treating children who have been injured by sickness, accidents or war and who cannot receive adequate treatment in their home countries, Peace Village provides medical treatment, physical therapy and an environment of healing and hope.
Eberhard J. Wirfs of Kelkheim, Germany, who served as international president in 2009-10, said that hope is the most important thing that Peace Village offers. “Without hope, you really can’t exist.”
Hope—and peace—are offered by Lions around the world. Their goal is to help people understand, as an Imagine Peace camp participant said, that “we are different, maybe, but actually—we are all the same.”
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!
After immediate needs are met, victims of disasters are not forgotten. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) remains committed to the important rebuilding of homes and lives that must happen, often long after a disaster occurs. Through Major Catastrophe Grants, LCIF helps with long-term reconstruction projects to help victims begin to return to their lives and regain their independence.
Part of what makes LCIF disaster relief so unique is that it continues for as long as it is needed. LCIF provided a US$200,000 Major Catastrophe grant for relief in the wake of devastating floods that struck Paraguay in December 2015/January 2016. Now, a year and a half later, relief work is still ongoing. Lions and LCIF are still there, supporting communities as they rebuild.
Local Lions recently finished repairs on 5 primary schools that were destroyed by flood waters. Because of this important work, 1,725 students have been able to return to school.
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 clean-up and repair efforts in situations where other organizations have already addressed immediate needs. Lions district governors may submit proposals for community recovery grants.
In May 2017, LCIF awarded 8 Emergency Grants totaling US$75,000. These grants are addressing immediate needs in:
Texas, USA, District X-2
US$10,000 for tornado relief
Ecuador, District G-1
US$10,000 for flood relief
US$10,000 for flood relief
Arkansas, USA, District 7-O
US$10,000 for flood relief
Missouri, USA, District 26-M2
US$10,000 for flood relief
Chile, District T-1
US$10,000 for flood relief
Thailand, District 310-A2
US$5,000 for windstorm relief
Brazil, District LC-8
US$10,000 for hailstorm relief
Please consider making a donation to LCIF’s disaster fund today.
Lions have both a slogan and a motto.
The slogan reflects the organization’s formative years in America during and after World War I. The motto declares its common purpose in two short words.
In the early 1920s, the slogan “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety”—an acronym for the word Lions—appeared widely on club stationary, billboards and other promotional materials. Who said it first? Perhaps it was a young attorney named Halsted Ritter who rose to speak at the 1919 International Convention in Chicago.
“The name Lions stands not only for fraternity, good fellowship, strength of character and purpose,” Ritter declared, “but, above all, the combination of L-I-O-N-S heralds to the country the true meaning of citizenship.”
The words suited the patriotism that swept the U.S. following WWI, and Lions adopted the acronym as its slogan.
As the Lions movement grew across national borders, cultures, and languages, Lions began looking for other words to describe their mission and work. In 1954, the board announced an International Motto Contest and invited suggestions from all 522,000 worldwide members.
According to the entry form, the motto had to be “enduring,” “international in character,” and “easily translatable.” There was also a strict contest rule to discourage wordiness. Lions could submit as many mottoes as they liked, but each entry could be no more than five words in length.
To get Lions thinking, the organizers gave out a few five-word examples: “Men of Action in Action.” “Working with Others for Others.” “Worldwide Service to Humanity.”
Thankfully, 11 of the 6,000 Lion contestants had better ideas. They each submitted identical entries. But Canadian Lion D. A. Stevenson from Font Hill, Ontario, was declared the winner as his submission had the earliest postmark. His motto contained two simple words: “We Serve.”
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!
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