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Dear Lion,
 
You already know there's a big difference between communities that have a Lions club and communities that don't. A healthy club with active members can truly bring a community to life. That's why it's so important to continue building a strong club. One of the best ways to strengthen your club is by inviting new members. And there are so many great ways to do it:
 
Ask One – The Ask One campaign shows that each Lion can play a part in building membership, and it all starts by asking one friend, family member or neighbor to join.
 
Service Projects – On your next project, invite family and friends to serve with you so they can feel the satisfaction of service, then ask them to keep serving with you as Lions.
 
Special Events – Invite your community to join you for special events like Family and Friends Month in April to showcase your club and the difference you're making.
 
Inviting new members is the responsibility of all Lions, so continue to make membership a priority and keep encouraging your members to Ask One!

Start a Club Branch in Your Community!

Club branches are a great way for your club to increase membership and expand service in your community. Branch members become part of an existing "parent" Lions club—your club—but they organize their own meetings, projects and officers just like a regular club. It only takes 5 people to form a club branch, which makes it easier to get started.
 
A club branch is great way to add members and bring needed service to remote areas of your community. It's also a good option for potential new members who can't make your club meetings or for people who are passionate about a special type of service.
 
Learn more about starting your own club branch today!
 
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Protect Our Environment in April

Looking for a great way to make a difference and find new members? Consider hosting a special service project for family and friends during the Protecting Our Environment campaign in April.
 
You can organize a community clean-up, plant a tree, plan a "green" campaign or a recycling project to make your community a better place for all. Check out the project planning guide or click "Learn more" for additional information and resources. And remember to share your projects through MyLCI to earn a Centennial Banner Patch for your club!
 
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Dear Lion,
 
The holiday season is a special time of year when we celebrate, reflect and give thanks. And no one deserves thanks more than you.
 
Thanks to you, we're strengthening our communities. Each day, Lions are making a difference through service. In big ways and small, we're changing lives in our communities. And when 1.35 million members serve together, we can change the world.
 
Thanks to you, we're strengthening our clubs. Lions around the world are inviting new members who are energizing their clubs and revitalizing our association. I hope you'll continue inviting family and friends into the New Year.
 
And thanks to you, we're looking forward to another great year. We wouldn't be the largest service club organization in the world without your hard work and dedication. On behalf of Lions Clubs International, have a wonderful holiday season!
 
Together in service,
 
Joe Preston

Promote Your Worldwide Week
of Service Project

The Worldwide Week of Service during January 10-16 is an opportunity to serve with Lions around the world and showcase your club to potential new members in your community. The Worldwide Week of Service club press release gives you a great way to promote your project in your local media outlets.
 
Be sure to take pictures of your service project and share them on your club's Facebook page. Use the hashtag #Lions100 and we'll share your photos on the LCI Facebook page. Download the club press release and promote your project today!
 
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Feed the Hungry

The holidays bring family and friends together to celebrate and share traditional meals, but many people are struggling to put their next meal on the table. Your club can bring hope during the holidays by hosting a project to help feed the hungry:

  • Organize a food drive or partner with a local food bank
  • Prepare and deliver food baskets to families in need
  • Provide meals to needy children during holiday school breaks

Learn more about how you can Relieve the Hunger, then start planning your project to make the holiday season happier and healthier for someone in need.
 
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I am inviting you to join me and Lions around the world for a special Centennial Service Challenge event.
 
The Lions Worldwide Week of Service in January is an international event that brings Lions around the world together for a week of service during January 10–16. It's an opportunity to strengthen your community, showcase your club to potential new members, and celebrate the birthday of our founder, Melvin Jones.
 
This year, I'm calling on Lions around the world to rededicate themselves to the mission of our founder and the humanitarian goals of our association. You can put your dedication into action by hosting a Worldwide Week of Service project that benefits youth, vision, hunger or the environment.
 
Whatever you do for the Worldwide Week of Service in January, make it a special day!

Worldwide Week of Service in January

Here's how your club can take part in this special service event:

  1. Plan your project – Host a service project that benefits youth, vision, hunger or the environment during the week of January 10–16.
  2. Share your project – Invite your community to serve with you to showcase your club and the power of service.
  3. Report your project – Report your service on the MyLCI Service Activity Report to earn a Centennial Banner Patch for your club.

Download the event flyer and share it with your club today. Then start planning your Worldwide Week of Service project in January!
 
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Ask One

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Clubs around the world have energized their membership with Ask One, so check out the Ask One Web page today. You can watch the Ask One video, find tools to promote your club in the media and download the Just Ask! New Member Recruiting Guide. Send photos of your new members to AskOne@lionsclubs.org with your club name in the subject line, and we'll share them with Lions around the world.
 
Inviting new members is something that all Lions can do throughout the year, so ask your Lions to Ask One today!
 
 

 

 

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Lions Clubs International will celebrate 100 years of service in 2017! I’m inviting you to be part of this special moment in our history by supporting a new global service initiative to celebrate our Centennial.
The Centennial Service Challenge encourages Lions around the world to serve 100 million people by December 2017. Every club can play a part in reaching our goal. Here’s how you can join the Centennial Service Challenge:
  • Host service projects throughout the year that impact Youth, Vision, Hunger or the Environment.
  • Report your service activities through the Service Activity Report on MyLCI.
  • Earn a Centennial Banner Patch with a progressive gemstone design for each year your club participates.
As Lions, we know that a single act of service can change a life. But when 1.35 million members come together to serve, we can change the world.
Learn more about the Centennial Service Challenge, and share it with your club today. Then start planning your next service project to help us meet our goal of serving 100 million people. There’s never been a better time to serve than now!
Together in service,
Joe Preston
Your International President

 

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The Extension and Membership Division conducts monthly webinars on important membership topics each month. Webinars are web-based forums designed to be interactive. Lions are able to ask questions of the panelists and share success stories of their own. The goal is to provide an opportunity for Lions to learn and motivate each other. We encourage you to pass along this information to your club members and promote their participation.
Webinars are recorded and posted on the LCI Web site. Below is the schedule of upcoming webinars. Space is limited so register today!
Date
Topic
February 12, 2014
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. (CST)
· Conducting Your Own New Club Development Workshop
Learn how to set up and facilitate your own workshop on forming new clubs in your district.
February 18, 2014
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. (CST)
· Family and Friends Month
April is Family and Friends Month and your opportunity to invite family and friends to learn, serve and celebrate with your club. Listen in for ideas on how your club can participate and learn about the Lions World Lunch Relay and contest.
March 26, 2014
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. (CDT)
· Chartering Special Interest Clubs
Learn how to form new Lions clubs that have a specific focus or interest
April 29, 2014
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. (CDT)
· Conducting Informational Meetings for New and Existing Clubs
Learn how to conduct an informational meeting for a new club or an existing club. Find out tips and tricks on how to get prospective members to join and tools and resources available.
May 22, 2014
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (CDT)
· Membership Planning for Next Fiscal Year
Start the next fiscal year off ahead by having a membership plan in place for your club, district, and/or multiple district.
If you have any questions regarding upcoming webinars, please contact the Membership and New Club Development Department.

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In our December issue, learn about Lions relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, Lions Day with the UN, Early Bird registration for the convention in Toronto and more.


Contribute to the Philippines Relief Efforts

Donate now to LCIF buttonThe people of the Philippines are still recovering from the devastating typhoon that struck in November. Lions Clubs International Foundation has mobilized over US$500,000 for relief efforts. More than 12,000 Philippine Lions in 380 clubs are working to rebuild their decimated communities. And clubs around the world have offered their support. But there is still much work to be done, and Lions will be there until the job is finished. “We may not be the first responders in areas hit by disasters, but when the TV cameras are gone, that’s when Lions come in and we do the work years afterwards,” said International President Barry Palmer, who visited Manila just 48 hours after the typhoon struck. Help the massive recovery efforts in the Philippines by donating today! For the latest updates, visit the Lions Blog.

Early Bird Deadline Approaching – Register Now for 2014 LCICon Toronto

January 10 is the deadline to register for the International Convention at the lowest rate of $110 – a savings of over 35% off the full registration fee! Be sure to book your hotel through LCI. As an incentive, LCI is offering a commemorative gift to Lions who book their hotel room through LCI while supplies last.

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Discover many great neighborhoods each with its own characteristic flair, including its large underground city. All convention events will take place conveniently in the heart of downtown Toronto. Whether you’re a new or long-time member, there’s something for all Lions to enjoy. Register now!

Lions Day with the United Nations 2014

Lions Day with the UN logoJoin us to celebrate our long-standing partnership with the United Nations (UN) during the 36th Annual Lions Day with the UN to be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, in New York City. This event is an opportunity to reflect on the common goals of our organizations, the many accomplishments of working together, and a shared commitment to meeting the humanitarian needs of our global community. Please visit our website to find more information and Register Today.

Working Together to Relieve Hunger

Access to nutritious food positively impacts eye health, diabetes prevention and control, maternal and infant health, child development, the well-being of the elderly, and more. When we feed hungry families, we build stronger communities. Our partners from Global Foodbanking Network and Feeding America recently shared ways Lions can fight hunger through the webinar, “Working Together to Fight Hunger.” Access the presentation on the Service Activities Webinars page to learn more about food banking activities and project ideas for your community. Remember to report your Relieving the Hunger projects in December and January, and throughout the year, using MyLCI. Help provide meals to families in need.

Lions and Matteo’s Dream in the 2014 Rose Parade

Calling all Lions! Help spread the word about Lions’ participation in the 2014 New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The parade theme is "Dreams Come True," and Lions selected Matteo's Dream as the entry to depict what Lions do. Watch our video for the story behind Matteo's Dream, a park for children of all abilities built by 45 Lions Clubs and 3,000 volunteers in eight days. This story shows what we as Lions do every day: Make dreams come true. We're asking for all Lions around the world to share our video with at least one friend outside their club through email, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #MatteosDream and #RoseParade. Read our blog, Facebook and Twitter for more stories leading up to the Rose Parade.

HIGHLIGHTS

President's Service Blog

Read about International President Barry Palmer’s service activities around the world.

Convention Highlights Video

Order your copy today and relive the excitement of Hamburg.

Digital LION Magazine

The LION Magazine (Headquarters Edition) is available online with added content, videos and links.

CONTESTS

2013-14 Peace Poster Contest

Promote your club’s contest and this year’s theme, “Our World, Our Future.”

EVENTS

Lions Eye Bank Week

December 2-8, 2013

International Leo Day

December 5, 2013

Calendar of Events

Review upcoming Lions events your club can participate in locally.

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November 2012

Dear Lions,

Earlier this month, the Caribbean and the East Coast of the United States were hit by Superstorm Sandy. I was saddened and deeply concerned when I heard of the storm's impact, but I also knew that Lions would be there to help. Not only are Lions on the ground, supporting each other and people in the affected communities, but Lions around the world are generously providing donations to the disaster relief fund at Lions Clubs International Foundation.

It is because of the disaster relief fund that LCIF could quickly respond to Superstorm Sandy, mobilizing US$220,000 in grants for those in need. Lions were immediately able to put provided funds to use, delivering food, water, blankets and flashlights to those affected by the storm. Your donations to the disaster relief fund are MJF eligible and will support Superstorm Sandy victims in the coming weeks, unless a disaster of similar scope and scale requires Lions' immediate response.

In addition to disaster relief, Lions are able to make an impact in many other areas of service. Just look at our efforts to eliminate measles. We not only met the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's challenge to raise US$10 million for measles, we have exceeded it! This means even more children will be vaccinated, saving them from the harmful effects of measles. Congratulations, and thank you for your efforts. LCIF is working with the Measles Initiative and Gates Foundation to plan for the future.

I am inspired by all that Lions have accomplished through our Foundation. Together we save sight, provide disaster relief, support youth and meet humanitarian needs worldwide. Together we make a difference in millions of lives.

Sincerely,

Wing-Kun Tam

Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Reaching 12,000 Students through Lions Quest

Lions Quest held its largest ever training session in October 2012, training 280 teachers from 21 schools in Wood County, West Virginia, USA. Another 700 personnel attended an orientation on the program, focusing on social and emotional learning, as well as bullying and drug prevention, service-learning, and creating a positive school climate. More than 12,000 students will benefit from the partnership. LCIF received a grant of US$100,000 from NoVo Foundation for the three year implementation. This also supports LCIF's Clinton Global Initiative commitment to expand Lions Quest across one large U.S. school district.

LCIF Awards Grants

At the recent International Board of Directors meeting held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 82 grants were awarded totaling US$4,936,664. This includes US$1 million to continue the LCIF-Special Olympics Opening Eyes partnership. Through these grants, an estimated 1.24 million people will benefit, enabling Lions to have a great impact in their communities and around the world.

Post-Convention Norwegian Cruise

Are you wondering what to do after the 96th Lions Clubs International Convention in Hamburg, Germany? Naonis Travel is providing a post-convention roundtrip cruise from Hamburg to the Norwegian Fjords and North Cape, Norway. For each trip booked, a donation of US$50 will be made to LCIF. Book this cruise before December 31, 2012 for savings. For more information, contact Naonis Travel at info@naonisviaggi.it or +39 0427 701620.

 




Do You Believe?

by Wing-Kun Tam
President, The International Association of Lions Clubs

First of all, in this season of belief, let me offer best wishes to all my fellow Lions, their loved ones, friends and families.
We have come a long way in five months. My belief in the power of what every Lion can do to change the world and help those in need is as strong as ever.

The early success of our campaign to plant 1 million trees makes me both proud and also so humble. Whether it’s planting trees in lands scarred by the tsunami in Japan or tornadoes in the United States, or planting trees to restore our planet’s critical forests in Africa or South Asia, we have succeeded in unifying Lions all over the world. These acts of service are fun and rewarding to do. They bring clubs together and bring smiles to ourselves and to people in the communities we serve.  Through October, together we planted more than 3.7 MILLION trees in more than 60 countries. Isn’t that amazing?

Some Lions ask me if I will set another target.  I politely say “no” because I believe the target lies in each of our hearts. It is the Lions who determine how far we go and how many trees we plant. Every tree counts, even if you can plant only one. Every member matters, too.
You see, the act of planting trees is certainly good for the environment and directly addresses the critical global issue of lost trees and forests. But to me, it’s also a strong symbol of our association’s commitment to the future and a reason to invite friends, families and others to join us in making it happen.

I’m also proud and humbled by Lions’ response to this year’s “My Club, My Family” initiative. We have had strong membership growth this year, exceeding a 10,000 net gain through October. But inviting new members is easy; treating them as if they were family and involving them in meaningful service will ensure they stay.

So my fellow Lions, with all we have done in five months, I am now happy to say that “I Believe” has clearly transformed into “We Believe.”  It’s because of you and your belief in what we can do. Your belief, and more importantly, your actions, have given me the greatest gift of all as your international president.

Consider this special issue a holiday gift to all Lions. The story’s message is that Lions are indeed a precious gift to our communities.  May the warm glow of family be part of your regular household and your Lions club as you believe in our great service mission.

 

 




Dear Lions,  

In honor of our 100th anniversary, the Sandy Springs Lions Club in Maryland proposed the minting of a commemorative coin as a way to celebrate our centennial and raise $8 million dollars for LCIF to aid the visually impaired, the disabled, youth and those affected by major disaster. Your help is needed to put the first Lions coin into circulation!

Show your dedication, commitment and participation by contacting your lawmaker today and receive a downloadable certificate of appreciation due to your congressional outreach.

Thank you to those Lions who have already contacted your member(s) of Congress. So far, we have 77 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 12 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate. Our goal is to obtain 150 House co-sponsors and 25 Senate co-sponsors by this December!

Lions Take Action Today!

  • To find out if your Member of Congress is already a co-sponsor, visit www.lionsclubs.org/coin.
  • If your Member of Congress is not a co-sponsor:
  • Share the coin webpage with friends and neighbors on your website, Facebook or Twitter pages. Ask them to take action!

After contacting your lawmaker, be sure to share your experience with us by filling out the Commemorative Coin Report Back Form. Once you've completed the form, be sure to print out your Certificate of Appreciation.

For those of you who have already reached out, we'd like to again extend our thanks and appreciation. Please take a moment to tell us about your experience. Be sure to print the certificate upon completion.

With 375,000 Lions nationwide, we can send a message to Congress that Lions have a mighty roar and will be heard for another 100 years serving our communities.  

 


July 2011

Dear Lions, Scruggs

 

This year promises to be one of great success as we build upon our recent achievements. Last year, we witnessed our Lions' generous financial support, especially by giving more than US$18 million for Japan disaster relief. Overall, donations were up by 46 percent from the previous year!

This next year, your Foundation hopes to continue this generous support for our disaster relief efforts as well as supporting our undesignated fund in order to give hope to even more people worldwide. We will also focus on building our partnerships in new areas of service.

Judy and I are excited to work with all of you this year to further the efforts of our Lions Clubs International Foundation. During the last three years, we have seen first-hand the amazing impact we are having through our Foundation on countless lives worldwide.

Early last year, in Osaka, Japan, I saw how we are providing job training for the blind, and in Nebraska, USA, I witnessed young athletes benefiting from improved sight through our Opening Eyes partnership with Special Olympics. These are only two examples of the impact our Foundation is making.

You may recall that my theme last year was "Beacon of Hope." I can tell you that it is only through your generous donations that our Foundation is truly a Beacon of Hope, and with President Tam's theme of "I Believe," I do truly believe we can change even more lives this year.

I look forward to providing you with an update on our disaster relief efforts in my next message. This week Judy and I will be traveling to Joplin, Missouri, USA, to see the needed assistance that is being given there.

Serving together,

Sid L. Scruggs, III

Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

LCIF Awards Grants   

At the recent Board of Trustees meeting, 48 grants were awarded, totaling US$2.258 million. This includes a US$200,000 grant to support Lions Quest reactivation activities. These grants will enable Lions to have a great impact in their communities over the coming year.

Convention Marks Year of Giving Hope

Lions capped off the year with record giving during the Lions Clubs International Convention:

  • Lions donated US$1.26 million to LCIF during the convention. This included Campaign SightFirst II pledge payments of US$1 million by PDG Aruna Oswal from India and US$35,000 from the Lions of Wyoming Foundation.
  • More than 70 Lions made individual donations of US$1,000 to become Melvin Jones Fellows or advance in the Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow program.
  • A record number of Lions clubs became 100% MJF clubs this year at the Melvin Jones Fellowship Luncheon. Twenty-four clubs attained this prestigious level, with every club member becoming a Fellow in the last year by donating at least US$1,000.
  • Rick Heinick, a Corporate Vice President at Bausch + Lomb, spoke during the LCIF Plenary Session about our Pediatric Cataract Initiative partnership program. Bausch + Lomb committed an additional US$350,000 to continue this program in the coming year.

Learn about LCIF at Area Forums

Make plans now to attend your area Forum to learn more about LCIF and its many programs. Several seminars, led by LCIF Chairperson Scruggs, will be held at each of the Forums.

 

 

In our June issue, you'll find out about our disaster relief efforts for tornado victims in the U.S., our 2011 Online Convention Web site and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.

Lions Providing Disaster Relief for Tornado Victims in U.S.

A recent tornado outbreak in the U.S. killed at least 280 people, left thousands homeless and caused millions of dollars in damage. As always, our members are bringing aid to the people affected by this disaster. LCIF is mobilizing US$250,000 to fund Lions' relief efforts in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. LCIF also awarded US$160,000 in emergency grants to affected districts. Local Lions will use these funds to provide immediate relief supplies, including food and water. Read blog post.

Help Us Plan Our Centennial Celebration

Lions Clubs International is planning a celebration of the 100th anniversary of our association in 2017. And, we need your feedback to help us determine what will be of most interest to your club and your community. Help make this a worldwide celebration - take our short survey to share your thoughts now.

Visit Our Online Convention Web Site for the Latest from International Convention in Seattle

In July, more than 15,000 of our members will attend our 94th International Convention in Seattle. Even if you can't join us for this year's event, you can get the latest updates from Seattle on our Online Convention site. The Lions Clubs International Public Relations team will be on the scene in Seattle. And they'll be posting daily updates - including a scrapbook of highlights, photos, contest results and more - to our Online Convention site.

See Inspirational Documentary at International Convention

During our international convention, you'll have a chance to see Going Blind - a compelling documentary that inspires viewers to preserve, prolong and maximize the precious gift of sight. This popular film features inspiring individuals of all ages sharing their stories about sight loss due to glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, infection and accidents. We will host two showings of Going Blind on July 5 and July 7. Both showings will take place from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in Room 2AB of the Washington State Convention Center. Learn more about this inspiring film.

Membership Publications Available Online

Online resources are available to help ensure that your club always has membership publications and forms available for use. You can find the membership application (as well as many other publications) on our Web site. We encourage Lions seeking membership growth and retention related publications or forms to:

1. Print the Web site instructions for future use.
2. Use these instructions to find and print small quantities of publications or forms.
3. Order larger publication quantities from the Membership Operations Department.

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Convention Mobile Phone App 
Download our 2011 Phone App for the latest convention news.

Lions Mentoring Program 
Learn how to make every member feel comfortable in your club.

New Membership Award 
Receive a Membership Achievement Award for adding new members.

CONTESTS

Peace Poster Contest
Sponsor a Peace Poster Contest in your community.

 

EVENTS

2011 International Convention  
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Calendar of Events 
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April 2011

 Dear Lions,

 

This year I've had the great opportunity to witness many of our successful partnerships in action. During my visit to New Zealand following the devastating earthquake, I saw how Lions quickly joined with others to implement a plan for relief. 

And when I visited Ethiopia and Madagascar I witnessed how we are working with the Gates Foundation and other Measles Initiative partners to provide needed vaccinations to 41 million children.  The moment when a mother said to me, "Thank you for saving my child," was one of those touching moments in life.  It is when you say to yourself, "This is why I am a Lion."  Please come and witness the results of this partnership during the Second Plenary Session at the Lions Clubs International Convention, including a presentation by Mr. Bill Gates Sr.

Providing youth with a bright, healthy future is a priority of Lions and our Foundation.  We place great emphasis on building strong, successful partnerships for all of our programs. But we recognize we can't do it alone. Working with select partners that share our ideals we can improve lives and give hope for a brighter future to even more people around the world.

Our Lions Quest program is also benefiting from partnership support. NoVo Foundation has awarded US$100,000 to help expand Lions Quest across one entire United States school district by 2013. Expansion of our successful worldwide program will ensure even more students learn valuable life skills.

For the last year we have been partnering with Bausch + Lomb on the Pediatric Cataract Initative to combat childhood blindness. But I'm happy to say that for the first time this partnership has led to additional support for other programs. Bausch + Lomb has given US$100,000 to support relief efforts in Japan, and they're encouraging their employees to do the same by matching donations. Isn't this wonderful?

These are only a few examples of valuable partnerships and collaborative programs. We will continue to seek out valuable partners. But we also, and especially, need your support. It is Lions' generosity, active participation and personal involvement in projects that enables us to attract these valuable partners. I strongly count on you to continue to support our Foundation, - and you can count on me and my service team to support you wherever you need us.  

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Rebuilding Lives Following Disasters 

Lions have a special dedication to providing relief and rebuilding lives in their communities for as long as it takes. In Japan, Lions are shifting their focus to mid-term relief efforts, including helping find jobs and providing 100 tents to shelter relief workers. In New Zealand, Lions are providing needed services and weekend escapes from the city to give families a needed break. And in Haiti, we are rebuilding homes and the National Nurse's School to help rebuild the health care system. All of these projects would not be possible without the generous support of our international family of Lions but also valuable partnerships with other organizations to further leverage our funds in order to have a greater long-term impact.

Launching a New Web Site
The Foundation recognizes the importance of continuing to grow the Foundation and enhance our message to you, our Lions' supporters, as well as those who may not know our great work. As part of this ongoing effort, we are in the final stages of developing a new Web site. In late May the site will launch in English, with language sites to follow in July. The Web site address will remain the same - www.lcif.org. The site includes more stories of those we've helped, those who have donated and partner organizations, as well as new look that better reflects our brand.

Growing Lions Quest
In effort to grow Lions Quest, Lions from Europe and  the Middle East took part in a two-day training to learn more about the program and how to begin it in their country. Each country developed a plan of action to grow Lions Quest and also had a chance to experience first-hand how Lions Quest teaches cooperation through hands-on team building exercises. In May, an additional regional workshop will be held for Brazil. A new "how-to" kit is available to help Lions expand this important life-skills program.

Reducing Blindness Globally

A 2010 study just released by the World Health Organization, shows that blindness has been reduced globally by nine percent, or 26 million people, since 2004. Through SightFirst, Lions have had a significant role in this achievement, helping to end preventable blindness and restoring sight to tens of millions of people.

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My Dear Fellow Lions and Leos,

I am deeply humbled by the generous outpouring of support from Lions worldwide to my call last week to donate funds to the Foundation's Japan Relief Fund.  Already, LCIF has received donations or commitments exceeding US$6 million, including US$3 million that the Lions of Japan are working to raise themselves during their own crisis. Again, it's so very humbling to see such compassion by the network of caring Lions and Leosworldwide.  I thank all who have already donated from the bottom of my heart.

With the expected death toll now exceeding 18,000 and rising, the devastation is clearly greater than anyone could have imagined. And more than 400,000 people are still in shelters, in the cold, often going without a hot meal for days on end. 

Now that the roads have re-opened, Lions from all over Japan are sending relief aid from every corner of the country -- 30 tons of rice is being sent from Sapporo, US$50,000 worth of baby formula from Hokkaido, and women's health products from the southern area of Shikoku - all through the Lions network in Japan.  Within a day of the disaster, many courageous clubs distributed 20 tons of food, water and emergency supplies, despite great risks and challenges to themselves. Even our Lions blue-colored Lions relief tents are being delivered to give shelter for Lions volunteers and other relief workers in the hardest-hit areas. 

To distribute the aid effectively, the Lions of Japan quickly set up four Lions relief aid warehouses in affected areas. Lions are coordinating relief aid distribution with local government officials and with the Japanese Red Cross. As a result, Lions are helping coordinate blood donation campaigns within Japan.

As you know, we have 31 Lions clubs in Sendai  - the largest city affected by the quake - and nearly a club in every town up and down the coastline.  Whether it's clothes and food today, or shelter next week, or a wheel chair the week after, Lions will be there to give dignity to those who have suffered such unimaginable pain and suffering.

While many of you have already generously donated, for which I am very thankful, please encourage your fellow Lions, Leos and friends to also donate. Please know that every donation will be put to careful use, and 100 percent will go to the cause.  Also, donations received between March 11 and June 30, 2011 will be eligible for Melvin Jones Fellowships.

I am again humbled by your generosity to date.  The Lions of Japan have always been there for the rest of us in times of need.  So I am proud of you, and never prouder to be a Lion, when we come to their aid in the wake of this historic, awful tragedy.

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs - Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

 



Dear Lions,


I am sure you are all equally shocked with the news of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I could have never imagined that I would be traveling home from Christchurch, where I witnessed devastation, only to now experience the extraordinary dimension of this disaster.

Lions, we respond immediately, alongside our fellow Lions of Japan. Within hours of the disaster, Lions Clubs International Foundation committed over US$1.25 million, or 100 million Japanese Yen, for immediate relief for Japan. This includes a major catastrophe grant, six emergency grants and designated donations from Lions worldwide. We gave also established a designated fund for Lions to directly support this disaster.

But, I appeal to you - we need to do more. You know firsthand that in the case of disasters, we Lions are committed for as long as it takes. "We Serve" does not stop at a community or country border but extends to every corner where there is need. Our hands are building bridges for a better tomorrow.

Lions, I ask for your help in making the hope for a brighter tomorrow for those who so urgently need from us.  The most immediate way to give hope is through a designated donation to LCIF.

Your financial support of Your Foundation for earthquake and tsunami relief is critical the meeting the immediate and long terms needs of the most vulnerable families. Please consider supporting LCIF for this initiative and being a part of building that bridge of hope for those who are suffering. Visit www.lcif.org/donate to make your donation today.

With cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation 

 

 

 

In our February issue, you'll see how Lions' generous donations are providing hope - and homes - in Haiti, learn how to coordinate an event with other Lions clubs, get a "sneak peek" at our 2011 International Convention in Seattle and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.
 

Lions Donate US$6.1 Million to Provide Hope, Homes in Haiti One Year Later

Many families lost everything when a major earthquake struck Haiti one year ago. Thanks to Lions around the world, hundreds of these families are now moving into new homes.
Lions were among the first to offer help after the disaster, providing food, water and shelter. A year later, Lions around the world have donated more than US$6.1 million to the LCIF Haiti Earthquake fund. And LCIF is using those funds to provide homes - and hope - in Haiti. Read blog.

How to Coordinate an Event with Other Lions Clubs

For the blind and visually impaired living in Northern Illinois, winter sports may seem out of reach. Local Lions wanted to give the visually impaired a chance to experience the joys of skiing. They also saw the possibility of hosting an annual event that provides fellowship and outdoor activities for the blind. Find out how Lions made this project happen - and get "Tips and Tools" that you can use to help your club plan a project like this in your community.

International Convention Preview Video

It's that time of the year again! For more than 90 years, Lions from around the world have shared fun and fellowship at our international convention. We hope you'll join us July 4-8, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, USA to enjoy convention highlights including former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Inspirational singer LaDonna Gatlin. And Bill Gates Sr., co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Get a "sneak preview" of this year's event - and watch our new Convention Preview video.

Eye Donor Awareness Month in March

Each year in the United States, cornea transplants help restore the eyesight of more than 52,000 people - and Lions Eye Banks play a major role!  Lions eye banks also help save eyesight by supporting important research to find cures for other blinding diseases. If your club would like to plan a community activity to promote eye donation during March, please contact the Lions Eye Bank near you.

Chartering New Lions Clubs

Before submitting paperwork to charter a new Lions club, it's important to use the most up-to-date forms - and properly complete all paperwork. To help you do this, we've created a Charter Application Checklist you can use before mailing paperwork to ensure timely processing. For more information, please contact the Membership Programs and New Clubs Marketing Department.

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LCIF Newsletter


January 2011

Dear Lions,

You know the sensation of remembering where you were when a significant world event took place. Renande from Haiti remembers all too well where she was and what she was doing when the devastating earthquake struck her home one year ago. Read her story in the below newsletter. Find out how we Lions have helped her, and many other Haitians, rebuild their life after tragedy. 

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the historic earthquake in Haiti, but that is not the only place where our relief efforts remain ongoing. Together, we have helped thousands of people worldwide. Lions, be proud of our record of success in disaster recovery and rebuilding. Wherever there is a need, there is a Lions club nearby, ready to respond. In the case of disasters, we Lions are the first to offer help and the last to leave.

Know that much of this assistance would not be possible without the generous support of the international family of Lions. You give to our Foundation, so that our Foundation can give to those most in need. Thank you for making Renande's dreams of a home come true. Together, we are building bridges of compassion! 

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Rebuilding Haiti One-Year Later
Six hundred families who lost everything last January are now moving into new homes, thanks to LCIF and Lions around the world. Renande Pierre-Louis and her family, whose story is featured in this month's LION magazine, is just one of 600 receiving homes. Pierre-Louis remembers the earthquake as if it were yesterday. Just before 5 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2010, she and millions of other Haitians ran for their lives. As homes, schools and hotels crumbled before their very eyes, all they could do was hope for the best. Through the promise of Lions and LCIF to rebuild lives and communities in Haiti, Pierre-Louis and her family now have hope moving forward. In October, they moved into a newly constructed house and are happy about having a place to call home.

 

Lions were among the first to offer help, providing food, water and shelter. One year later, Lions remain committed to helping in Haiti. Families living in the Lions' tent cities will benefit from the project. The 600 homes significantly add to the number of provisional houses in Haiti, as only 5,000 have been built to date. The end goal is to shift all people living in Lions' tents to provisional housing. Future projects will continue to rebuild lives and communities. More information on LCIF's ongoing efforts in Haiti is available online.

Disaster Relief Made Possible by Lions
When disasters strike, Lions are often first on the scene to provide immediate relief and the last to leave. Each year, LCIF awards nearly US$2 million in funds to support both immediate and long-term relief. These humanitarian efforts are a direct result of Lions generous support from around the world. Because of Lions like you, victims received food following flooding in Pakistan, shelter after an earthquake in China and medical care following disaster in Haiti. View recently awarded disaster grants online and continue helping LCIF provide hope to those impacted by natural calamities. 

New LCIF Homepage Revealed
A new LCIF homepage was recently unveiled, matching the updated brand image. This is just one of the positive changes from the LCIF Steering Committee, with many more new and innovative ideas to come in 2011. The redesigned homepage features the successes of LCIF's programs and initiatives. This refined design is compelling and better communicates the value of LCIF to both the external community and Lions. Check out the page at www.lcif.org.

Commemorate Melvin Jones with a Gift to LCIF

Help celebrate the birthday of our founder Melvin Jones by supporting LCIF. This week we remember him as a visionary for Lions Clubs International, as well as a committed servant to those in need. To honor his legacy, LCIF established the Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) program in 1973. The MJF is a recognition of unrestricted donations of US$1,000 to LCIF. The gift can be made in full or with installments.

Join the legacy of Melvin Jones while providing hope to those in need - make your MJF today! 

 

Meet Your LCIF Coordinator

The LCIF Multiple District and District Coordinators act as ambassadors for the Foundation, traveling throughout their areas to promote the good work of LCIF. Working together, you and our coordinators have achieved a US$5 million increase in donations compared to last year at this time. LCIF Coordinators serve as a great resource, so invite them to speak at your next club meeting or to attend an upcoming convention. To contact the LCIF Coordinator from your area, e-mail the LCIF Development Department.    

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"Thank you for sending the Foundation newsletter. I realize the importance of participation and this spurs us to do everything possible for others. I am proud to be part of the largest service association in the world. I am sending a donation of US$4,000.00 to LCIF."    

 -Juliet Cisotto  Viecchio, Italy

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In our November issue, you'll learn how you can help relieve hunger in your community, find out about this year's Peace Poster Contest deadlines and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.

New "Relieving the Hunger" Video Message

With the global economic downturn, more families are finding it difficult to put food on the table. That's why President Scruggs is asking Lions to shine a light on hunger during a special service action campaign, "Relieving the Hunger." During December and January, your club can organize projects that mobilize your members to make a difference by helping those affected by hunger in your community. Watch "Relieving the Hunger" video message. And learn how you can help relieve hunger in your community.

Peace Poster Contest Deadlines Approaching

The postmark deadline for clubs to send winning Peace Posters to their district governors is November 15, 2010. The postmark deadline for districts to send their winning posters to their multiple district council chairpersons is December 1, 2010. Please note: December 1, 2010 is also the postmark deadline for clubs not belonging to districts and districts not belonging to multiple districts to send their posters directly to the Public Relations Department at International Headquarters. Review Peace Poster Contest deadlines

Lions in Action: Giving Women in Morocco a Better Life

 
About 20 percent of Morocco's population lives at or below the poverty line. Many adult women - including a growing number of single mothers - never had the opportunity to attend school, and lack job skills such as the ability to read or write. Local Lions wanted to provide hope to these families by establishing a school for women that includes a preschool for their children. Learn how Lions made this project happen. And get "Tips and Tools" you can use to do a project like this in your community.

Register to Attend International Convention in Seattle

Join thousands of Lions from around the world at our 94th International Convention in Seattle, Washington, July 4-8, 2011.

  • Exhibits and workshops will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.
  • Plenary sessions, featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and the gala International Show, will be at the Key Arena at Seattle Center, site of the Space Needle.

July is peak tourist season in Seattle, so make your plans to attend now. Register to attend by December 31 to lock in the lowest registration fee and Lions hotel rates.

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LCIF Newsletter


October 2010

Dear Lions, 

In my home country of Germany, it is autumn. The leaves on the trees are vibrant in color. For some of you, it may be the beginning of summer. No matter what corner of the globe, you are experiencing the sensation of the seasonal changes in nature. Seeing these changes brings to mind the way that we Lions change lives through our Foundation. 

Below you will read about a young girl - Amber - who has gained mobility.  Mobility that would have been lost, had it not been for the belief of us Lions in her abilities. Lions in Australia and LCIF gave her the tools she needed, and even brought a smile to her face. For Amber, the change meant she no longer lived in a wheelchair but instead can use a walker. She calls it her "magic stick."

There are so many more people in need, like Amber. They need us, Lions. They are counting on us. We can provide them with opportunities to learn life skills. Opportunities to again experience the joy of independence.Opportunities to see for the first time.

 

And our Foundation also needs us. I'm asking you to give this opportunity to so many others like Amber. You can make these opportunities a reality.During this season of change, you can create a positive change in the life of someone in need. 

If every Lion in the world became a Contributing Member, just think of the impact we could have globally. Can I count on you to become a Contributing Member?

With cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wifs

Chairperson, LCIF

A Playground for Amber
Just one year ago, seven-year-old Amber Farlow was unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair. Today, Amber is experiencing the joy of walking. Her mobility would not have been possible without Lions. A new playground was constructed at Amber's school, supported by LCIF and Lions from Multiple District 201, Australia. Now, Amber is enjoying the playground, just like all her classmates.

Become a Contributing Member, Support Someone in Need
What do nearly 100,000 Lions have in common each year? They become Contributing Members by donating at least US$20 to LCIF. The Contributing Membership program is an annual program that recognizes three levels of support: US$20, US$50 and US$100. Donations support our humanitarian efforts, with 100 percent of every contribution going to LCIF programs. Become a Contributing Member today and help someone in need.

Partnership with Special Olympics Grows
During the 2010 Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games, Lions screened the 200,000th athlete through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program. To continue and expand this program, LCIF recently awarded a grant of US$1.12 million. To date, LCIF has contributed more than US$12.2 million to support the partnership, which is celebrating 10 years of service to disabled athletes. More than 12,000 Lions have volunteered in the program.

New Grants Approved at Board Meeting
At the October 2010 Board of Directors meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland, 36 standard grants were approved for a total of US$1,765,614. A complete list of approved grants is available online.
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September 2010

Dear Lions,

Lions, you are helping to save sight and prevent blindness, for people down the steet, but also around the world. It doesn't matter that these are people we may never meet. They need us! And Lions roll up their sleeves and respond. I would like to encourage all Lions to participate in a sight project, particularly in October, as we focus on sight.

Just last week I attended the Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia Regional Games in Warsaw, Poland. There, we celebrated the 10th year of our Opening Eyes partnership with Special Olympics. At this event we screened the 200,000 athlete. Isn't this an impressive accomplishment in such a short time? This partnership is giving hope-hope for a brighter tomorrow and hope that these athletes will run faster, jump higher and throw farther.

At this event I took great pride in fitting a pair of glasses onto the smiling face of Tomasz, a badminton player from Poland.  All of us experience what we call "the touching moments in life." You know what I mean. For me, one of these moments was to give these glasses to Tomasz. Due to the tremendous cooperation of Lions Clubs International and Opening Eyes, Tomasz's new glasses helped him score gold in Doubles Badminton and a silver in Singles Badminton.

October is also Lions World Sight Day, an opportunity to celebrate our many accomplishments through our SightFirst program. We've restored sight to 7.6 million people through cataract surgeries. Every one of these individuals has an improved quality of life, thanks to you. But we aren't content to stop there, are we? We must ensure their children and grandchildren will also have improved vision and the chance at a better life.

Lions, I ask you to join me in making a commitment to continue, and expand, our efforts to save sight.

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson LCIF

Celebrate Lions World Sight Day
Lions Clubs International will mark Lions World Sight Day (LWSD) in Osaka, Japan on October 7-8. Lions members from District 335-B, Japan, will sponsor several events, marking the first time LWSD will be held in the country. A number of projects will be conducted through a SightFirst grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Additional activities are planned locally and globally around LWSD to educate communities about the need to prevent blindness and preserve sight.

Generosity to LCIF Continues
The commitment of Lions to providing aid long after disasters strike is unparalleled. Some examples of Lions' generosity in recent weeks include US$500,000 from MD111, Germany, to rebuild lives in Haiti and US$81,000 from Lions in Norway, US$66,000 from Lions in Sweden and US$47,000 from MD105, British Isles and Ireland, for relief in Pakistan. Additional examples of Lions' generous support to LCIF for these disasters is listed online, and photos are also posted online. Through Lions' generosity, LCIF continues to bring hope to those in need. 

Supporting Cataract Surgery in Mexico
The Edith Walters and Kenneth E. Behring Operating Theater was inaugurated in August in the town of Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The event marks the successful completion of the first project funded by the Global Health and Education Foundation (GHEF) through a US$250,000 gift to LCIF. The clinic will provide free cataract surgery to 140 people monthly and is an integral part of a larger clinic campus that includes a diabetes clinic, substance abuse clinic, soup kitchen and physical therapy clinic.

Lions Quest Expands to Three New Countries
Next month, the Lions Quest program will be implemented in three new countries: Bulgaria, Malawi and the Philippines. All three will be conducting their first workshops to promote and educate people about this positive youth development program. The program will now also be in two additional languages: Bulgarian and Filipino.

Special Olympic Testimony
Aphiwe, a Special Olympics athlete from South Africa, was far sighted and unable to read in class. When he was screened through the Opening Eyes Program, it was the first time he tried on glasses. Receiving glasses allowed him to read words and numbers in books for the very first time. Because of Lions, Aphiwe is now a better student and athlete alike. 

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September 2010
Dear Lions,

Lions have long been committed to programs that serve our youth. They are truly tomorrow's leaders. But they need us! I would like to encourage all Lions to support our youth, particularly this next month, as we focus on service to youth.

I'd like to share with you one youth program that is near and dear to my heart - Lions Quest. I have seen its great impact worldwide, as well as in my home country. This is a program loved by youth, teachers and parents alike. Why is it so loved, you ask? Because it has real results, and it gives hope for the future.

Others know this, too. The Minister of Culture in Germany told me - after Lions Quest was implemented - that it is not enough to deliver facts only in schools. We must also deliver ways to live and values for life. 

And, this message is spreading. The Minister from Bhutan who attended our Lions convention spoke to me about wanting Lions Quest in their schools. Leaders are realizing the value of Lions Quest. Three additional countries added the program last year - Bulgaria, Mauritius and the Philippines - bringing the program to 60 countries now. Next month we will be meeting in Colombia with Latin American leaders about expansion throughout the region. But there are so many other countries and communities where this program could make a difference.

Lions, now is our chance to make a name for ourselves as leaders in youth service. I challenge you to join me in global extension of Lions Quest.

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson LCIF
Sight and Youth Grants Approved
At the August 2010 SightFirst Advisory Committee meeting, 21 grants were approved for a total of US$2.68 million. The Lions Quest Advisory Committee approved 19 grants for a total of US$695,135.  A full list of approved grants is online
Providing Relief Following Disasters
Lions and LCIF are committed to aiding communities affected by disasters, now and for years to come. LCIF is mobilizing US$120,000 for Pakistan flooding relief. A designated fund has been established for Lions wishing to support the relief efforts. Relief in Haiti also remains ongoing. Six hundred families are moving into new homes. This is the first of many reconstruction projects to receive support from LCIF thanks to the generosity of the international family of Lions.
Lions-Measles Initiative Launched with Gates Foundation
LCIF is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support efforts of the Measles Initiative for global elimination of measles, a leading cause of childhood blindness. Four African countries have been chosen for pilot Lions-Measles Initiative programs. LCIF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are contributing a combined US$700,000 to the initiative. View a video on this program.
LCIF at Upcoming Forums
Learn more about Lions Clubs International Foundation at the Forums. LCIF will have a booth at the USA/Canada and Europa Forums, as well as seminars on LCIF and Lions Quest at all regional Forums.
Lions Quest Announces Educator Award Winner
Angela Troppa has been named as the Lions Quest Educator Award winner. Troppa, a social worker at Fairview Elementary School in Springfield, Illinois, USA, was selected for her successful implementation of the Lions Quest program. The Educator Award was established to celebrate the contributions of educators across the U.S. toward positive youth development.




After the earthquake, my family of 8 was sleeping under sheets. We didn't have much money, no food and no water. It was very hard. And then the Lions arrived, and everything changed. We again had food and shelter. They helped us regain our hope.

Immacula Simeon, Haiti
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Providing Disaster Relief for Pakistan Flooding


August 18, 2010
Dear Lions,

Like me, I'm sure that you have been following the news reports of the deadly flooding in Pakistan. My heart goes out to the 20 million affected by this disaster. As the flood waters and death toll continue to rise, Lions are committed to helping.

Lions have been providing assistance since the devastating flooding began July 22, and LCIF is providing US$120,000 to help Lions in providing relief to their communities.

You know well that Lions Clubs greatest asset is our volunteers - you and 1.35 million Lions around the world. Wherever there is a need, there is a Lions club nearby, ready to respond with their hearts and hands. In the case of disasters, we are the first to offer help, and the last to leave.

I was moved by a video the Lions in Pakistan created. While it shows the effects of the disaster, it also shows hope - hope for brighter days ahead. This hope is because of Lions. They have put aside their own needs to help their neighbors, providing needed relief supplies and shelter.

We have received a lot of inquiries from Lions asking how they can help. Lions in Norway have donated US$81,000, District 105-I, Ireland, has donated US$6,500, three clubs in District 201-W1, Australia, have donated a total of $2,200, and Lions in England have informed me they are sending funds to LCIF in support of this disaster. You can also give hope through a designated donation to LCIF for Pakistan relief.

We are truly committed to long-term relief, and Haiti is one example where our work remains ongoing. The Lions of Haiti have done a great job given the wide-spread devastation and the local constraints that exist.

Six hundred Haitian families will move into new homes thanks to an initiative between LCIF, the Lions of MD 111 Germany, and HELP, an international non-governmental organization (NGO). This is the first of many reconstruction projects to receive support from LCIF thanks to the generous response from the international family of Lions following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.  

Through the project, homes will be erected directly on a family's plot of land, thus avoiding the hardship of further displacement and any potential property disputes. The building of these homes is an important first step toward reestablishing normal life for families who lost their homes and so much more after the earthquake.     

From Haiti to Pakistan, China to Tennessee, Lions and our foundation are rebuilding homes and lives.

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

 




July 2010
Dear Lions,

The end of one experience leads to the beginning of a new adventure. The experiences of yesterday encourage us to tailor a better tomorrow. And for me that new adventure is working more closely with Lions Clubs International Foundation- ranked as the #1NGO worldwide. I personally have a long-standing commitment to this Foundation, and am excited to increase that commitment this year as your Chairperson.

Last year during my travels I had the unforgettable opportunity to meet Abebi, a little girl in Nigeria at a home for motherless children. Despite her circumstances, there was hope in her eyes. When I talked to her, I could see this very special and friendly smile on her face - because there are Lions like you, giving hope for the future as best as they can.

Through our Foundation we are able to bring together compassionate people who have the desire to serve and together to respond like no other organization -- quickly, effectively and with caring hearts. As needs around the world continue to increase, so too must our response. We know wherever on this globe there is a need, a Lions Club is nearby. Wherever and whenever a disaster occurs, our Foundation provides active help- from China to South America, from Alaska to Eastern Europe.

Certainly there could be many more clubs and members - not only a portion - which could give every year to LCIF. That's why I ask you to join me hand-in-hand this year in helping our Foundation grow our donations, grow our contributions, grow our competence and effectiveness because we care and we are proud to be Lions- Lions who are always personally involved and caring.

Please do what you can to actively support LCIF, not only while continuing to support your local projects, but also to play an active role in our international challenges - so that LCIF can meet new and increased needs. Thousands of children like Abebi are counting on us and are waiting for our help.
 
By moving to grow, we can plant the seeds for a stronger Foundation this year, and for years to come.

With my cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
Chairperson LCIF
Partnership Aims to Prevent Childhood Blindness
A new partnership program with the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute was announced during the International Convention in Sydney, Australia. The partnership program, The Pediatric Cataract Initiative, will seek out and fund innovative, replicable programs to prevent and treat cataract in infants and children while promoting early childhood vision screenings. Bausch + Lomb contributed US$350,000 in the pilot year to launch the program.
Lions-Measles Initiative Launched with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
LCIF is working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support efforts of the Measles Initiative for global elimination of measles, a leading cause of childhood blindness. Four African countries have been chosen for pilot Lions-Measles Initiative programs. LCIF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are contributing a combined US$700,000 to this initiative.
Developing Youth through Lions Quest
The Lions Quest program is now in nearly 60 countries around the world. As a result, more youth worldwide are receiving the necessary skills to develop into healthy members of their community. Through continued efforts, the program will expand to aid more children.
Learn about LCIF at Lions' Forums
The USA/Canada and Europa Forums are quickly approaching. LCIF will have a booth at both Forums for Lions to learn more about the Foundation. Please stop by the booth to speak with staff, pick-up materials or make a donation. Information about the Forums is online.
Billboards Promote Work of LCIF
Beginning this summer, advertisements on LCIF's work in blindness prevention among children will be featured on billboards throughout the U.S. In total, 1,000 advertisements will be on billboards scattered around the country. This billboard campaign follows the success of a similar campaign this past spring by Lions Clubs International for membership.
Grants Approved at Board Meeting
At the June 2010 Board Meeting in Sydney, Australia, 32 grants were approved for a total of US$1,155,201. View the full list of approved grants online.   
New Foundation Materials Available
The overview brochure "LCIF At a Glance" has been revised to reflect the image update, in addition to new and engaging posters that highlight the main humanitarian causes of the Foundation. Additionally, there are three new videos on LCIF:  Lions are....LCIF, SightFirst II: Looking Forward, and Making a Difference Together. Contact LCIF Communications to request materials.
Tabletop Exhibit Available for Conventions
The LCIF tabletop exhibit is available for Lions in the U.S. to book for local and state conventions, community fairs or other events to promote the Foundation. Please contact LCIF Communications to book the display for your upcoming event.
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Message to Lion Leaders from International President Eberhard Wirfs
June 2010
Dear Lions,

Greetings.As we approach the final weeks of 2009-10, I'm again very pleased to report that Lions all over the world have indeed "Moved to Grow!"  Our net membership growth through May has reached plus 33,817.  This compares to a net positive growth of 23,729 for the same period last year - making for an unprecedented 42% improvement.

This is by far the best net membership growth through May that our association has experienced in decades.  My congratulations to all of you who have helped produce these remarkable, historic results.

While not every one of LCI's seven constitutional areas are positive (two - USA and Canada -- are slightly down), all areas have improved significantly over historic trends.  Our total worldwide membership now stands at 1,352,136.  And we are now on track to realize the best membership growth in LCI's modern history if we can keep up the momentum through June.

We know that June is when some clubs drop members more than in other months.  Before you drop a member who has not been active lately, please reach out to them and let them know you care.  Ask them to consider coming back and let them know their presence is missed.  I know that all us as human beings really appreciate it when someone calls to say they miss us.  You may be surprised by the number of positive responses you get.

In the meantime, as we work toward the most successful membership growth year in Lions history, let me share two more special success stories.

New Country

I am proud to report the LCI will soon be adding its 206th country and geographic territory to our international family.  The Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled between India and China, will join our ranks this month.  The country's home minister will be joining me on stage in Sydney to celebrate this historic event.

Women at Lions

The number of women members continues to surge ahead this year.  We have a net gain of +23,233 women members this year, bringing the grand total of women members to 298,592.  I sincerely hope we can cross the 300,000 mark by the end of the June.


I am convinced that the continued success of our association - and its growth - will be based on the dual strategy of forming new clubs and bringing in new members on the one side, and working to grow the size of existing clubs to control long-term retention. Our 51 new ginkgo winners (listed right) have proven it can be done.

And to help us move even faster into the future, I am also pleased to report that the Joint Board Committee working on a plan and concept for restructuring MERL is nearing completion.  The new plan, which will be reviewed at the upcoming Sydney board meeting, will result in the Global Membership Team being expanded down to the district level; in "retention" being refashioned into a "club success" function complete with new tools such as the Club Excellence Process; and with leadership being elevated to its own platform under a new structure and team to be called the Global Leadership Team.  This is just one more example of how we have worked on many levels to Move to Grow our great association.

The continent of Africa will also be helping us move to an even brighter future.  I traveled there last week with our executive director to discuss the LCI board's recent decision to treat Africa as its own distinct area similar to a constitutional area.  They are now working to Move to Grow like never before, and they wanted me to relay their sincere thanks and gratitude to all of you.

So my fellow Lions, let's all do what we can in these final weeks to bring our association to heights it has never reached before.And thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for all you have done to make this a truly remarkable year.


With cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
International President
MOVE TO GROW

Ginkgo Leadership Winners

The last of my special Ginkgo membership growth challenges - the Ginkgo Leadership Award- has met with great success.  Initially 51 District Governors have preliminarily met the requirements of forming or restarting at least two clubs while also growing the average size of existing clubs.  Please join me in congratulating these governors. (more will be recognized in the coming days)

Julie A Crawford, 4 L6
Edgar E Roa, 35 A
Susan Lydon, 46
Luis FC Roig, LA 6
Marcos A Silva, LB 2
Aderlon F de Assis G, LB 3
Albio S Filho, LD 8
Dipl I G Langer, 111WR
Ender Canitez, 118 Y
Darko Angebrandt, 126
Angel Georgievski, 132
John L Tan, 301A1
Remigio L Alvarez, 301D
Ho-Keun Cha, 354 C
Jian-Wei Lei, 381
Guopu Liu, 382
K A Ashfaque, 315A1
Mozammel H Lalu, 315A2
Shah M Hasan, 315B4
Madhu Aggarwal, 321A2
Bhupesh Bansal, 321B1
Raj K Agarwal, 321B2
Malkeet S Jassar, 321C1
Yogesh Kansal, 321C2
Rajiv Kukreja, 321 D
K Khandelwal, 322 B1
Gopi Dhuwalia, 322 B2
Dr Nanda Garg, 322 E
Dr R K Agarwal, 322 F
Parimal J Shah, 323A1
Umesh P Gandhi, 323A3
Sajji John, 323 C
P C Zapke, 323D1
Rajendra Agarwal, 323E2
T Bakthavathsalam, 324A1
K R Ramalingam, 324A2
Velsamy Thangiah, 324B3
Dr U Madhava Shetty, 324D2
T K Kisor, 324E2
Dinesh Paudyal, 325 A
Hossam M Khodeir, 352
Alwyn P Patrao, 324D5
H N Patel, 323 F2
Dr Jawahar Bihani, 323 G1
G S Arora, 323 G2
Dr V M Sankaran, 324A4
Roy Varghese, 324E4
K B D Thalattaniralalage, 306 B2
M B Rao, 324C7
V N Verma, 323 H1
Harrison Law, 307 A

To fully achieve this award, a district also needs to maintain its May net membership results through the end of June, and have no clubs in status quo or financial suspension as of June 15, 2010.

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Message to Lion Leaders from
International President Eberhard Wirfs

Dear Lions,

Greetings my dear Lion friends.  As we enter spring time in many parts of the world, I am most pleased to report our membership growth continues to blossom and grow to new, historic heights.  Through March, we have reached +24,709 powered by great results in India and several other Asian countries, a continuing membership surge in China, and by improving trends in all parts of the world.  Even today as we move towards the last week of April, the results are moving even higher, nearly crossing the +30,000 mark.

I am truly impressed by our collective results, and I am very proud  of our District Governor Teams and Club Officers who have contributed most to our success. Let me share some success stories deserving special attention. 

China

In China where Lionism took root only a few short years ago, we have grown by more than 50% this year, increasing from 4,000 members to more than 6,200.  The growth is happening in most major cities in China, and three new provisional districts have been formed as a result.  But most impressive of all, is the real spirit of service displayed by our Lions in China.  Just last week, following the recent quake in western China, a group of Chinese Lions traveled for several days, under very difficult circumstances, to reach the affected areas with relief supplies. I sometimes wonder if my fellow Lions in my own district could respond in such a way.

Lions in Africa

Another story of success and inspiration are the Lions in Africa -- a continent known for 'despair' a few years ago which is now moving to be a continent of 'hope and development'.  Lions in Africa have grown grow by 10% in since 2007-08 and are their own way to yet another stellar year.  Most impressively, Africa Lions are leading through service.  They not only lead some our more impressive global service projects but they have produced several lead gift donors for Campaign SightFirst II and LCIF's Lions Hope for Haiti relief fund. 

Recognizing the African continent's further potential, I am very proud to report that your board of directors at our recent meeting in early April, passed a resolution to give more support for Africa, to treat the continent as its own distinct area in LCI, and to put the African continent on the pathway to becoming its own LCI constitutional area when it reaches a total membership of 30,000 - a feat that I know will be achieved soon. 

Dual Strategy for All Lions

Our success stories span well beyond our new areas of China and emerging areas like Africa.  For example, the country of Australia is having growth, most of Latin America and Europe too, and even the United States of America and Canada are doing quite well by historic standards - though I am convinced the latter two can make history this year by erasing past patterns.

But as highlighted below, the future of our organization will need to rely increasingly on the 'dual strategy.'  The strategy is simple -- emphasizing on one side, that we need new clubs and membership growth to make up for those who leave or pass away, but on the other side, we need a focus on keeping the members we have and increasing the size of existing clubs to control long term retention.

So I ask all of you who belong to an existing, well established club:

· What can you do to take better care of your club and its members?  
· What projects can you pursue to bring more appeal to your club?
· And simply where can your club go from here? 

I know many of you have accepted the Move to Grow challenge of moving in new ways and in new directions to strengthen and enrich your own clubs.  But I would really love to hear about your success stories so I can share those with Lions around the world.  Please email me at DG2president@Lionsclubs.org.

In the meantime, please see the important information links below on the next Leadership Ginkgo challenge and the upcoming international convention in Sydney.  I am confident that next month I will be writing with even more good news as we all work to Move to Grow our great association.
 
With cordial regards,

Eberhard J. Wirfs
International President
MOVE TO GROW

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April 2010

 

Dual Strategy and the Ginkgo Leadership Award

The next ginkgo award emphasizes both aspects of the dual strategy:  new growth and maintaining what we have through caring for existing clubs.
To qualify for the award, between February 1 and May 31, 2010, a district will have to:

· Charter 2 new clubs or reorganize 2 cancelled clubs
· Improve membership results from January 31, 2010
· Increase the average size of existing clubs by one member
· Have no clubs on status quo or suspension as of May 31, 2010
Read the full details and learn about special recognitions planned for those who earn the next ginkgo, and the very special recognition for those who earned all three ginkgo awards this year.

Sydney Convention Highlights


· Come hear the key note speaker Captain Chesley  "Sully" Sullenberger, the famed Hudson river airline pilot and hero, who will share his story of his courage and leadership.

· Come celebrate with the recipient of the 2009-10, LCI Humanitarian Award winner, Wanguri Mathai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her "Greenbelt Movement."

·  Come meet our 2009-10 Peace Poster winner, Yu-Min Chen, and see her impressive poster representing peace in our world
· And of course don't miss the first-ever Global Youth Music Contest event that promises to be a new tradition and a new way to celebrate the special talents of young people.

Other News

· Women at Lions now approaching 295,000  members
· Lions Quest expanded to three more countries
· Sightfirst treats 5 million people this year for river blindness and trachoma

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LCIF Responds to Haiti Earthquake
Dear Fellow Lion,

Since I last wrote you, we have all learned more about the extent of the devastation in Haiti. At Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), we have also learned more about the situation on the ground from the Lions of Haiti. My heart goes out to all the Lions in Haiti, who have been personally affected by this disaster, losing at least two club members as well as many close relatives. Yet they have put aside their own needs to help their community. LCIF is working non-stop with Lions of that area to support "Lions Hope for Haiti."

Lions Hope for Haiti has mobilized more than US$350,000, to date. Lions around the world are responding generously and quickly to the LCIF designated fund for this disaster. Donations are continuing to pour in from individuals, clubs and districts, and I thank all of you who have already pledged your support.

LCIF is working directly with Lions of Haiti as well as Lions in neighboring countries to assess the immediate needs and also develop a long-term reconstruction plan. Maureen and I will be traveling to the Dominican Republic in the next few days to lead a team delivering urgently needed supplies into Haiti.

Lions around the world are also assisting:
  • Lions in neighboring Caribbean countries are sending cargo containers of requested supplies through connections with transportation companies.
  • Lions in Sweden are sending large tents through the Swedish government to provide housing for those who are now homeless as well as relief workers, as they did for the China earthquake.
  • Lions from District A-9, Ontario, Canada were in the area when the earthquake hit, helping to establish a clean water system for an orphanage, and responded by establishing a make-shift medical clinic, treating 600 people.
  • Lions are contributing generously, some examples include: US$86,000 pledged from Lions in Norway; US$20,000 from Lions in China; US$14,000 from District 105-I, England.
Like other previous disasters, LCIF is not only committed to meeting the immediate needs of the people, but will be working through the Lions in the region to provide relief for years to come. After other relief organizations have moved out of the area, Lions will still be on the ground, overseeing long-term reconstruction projects. Similar to previous disasters, Lions will be discussing the possibility of rebuilding homes and hospitals, redeveloping the eye care delivery system, providing human resource support, and assisting the disabled, including those disabled as a result of this disaster.

Lions who are able to offer services or individual skills can post this information on the Lions 2 Lions page.

As we continue to work with the Lions and determine needs, we will update the information online with our plans and any news. We also hope to have photos to share soon, that we will post online. Lions can promote their efforts locally by sharing this information along with any local efforts with the local media, and I encourage you to repost our videos and other postings on your individual and club Web pages. LCIF is also working to promote our actions within the media. Our Foundation has been added to several lists of reputable organizations assisting the area.

If you haven't already done so, I ask you to consider making a donation to LCIF to support this disaster. You can donate in confidence to LCIF, as 100 percent of every donation will go directly to Haiti relief, as administrative costs are paid by interest earned on investments. LCIF just recently received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating possible from the independent charity evaluator. In 2007 LCIF was named the #1 non-governmental organization with which to partner, a title our Foundation still holds today.

The needs are great, but we can make a positive impact on the people of Haiti for years to come.

Together We Serve,

Al Brandel
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Some examples of LCIF's previous disaster assistance

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         Tents donated by Swedish                       Homes rebuilt in Sri Lanka
        Lions following China earthquake                  through LCIF funding

For the most up-to-date information about LCIF's ongoing relief efforts in Haiti,
please visit www.lcif.org.
LCIF Responds to Haiti Earthquake
Dear Lions,

A powerful 7.0 earthquake ravished the island nation of Haiti on the evening of Tuesday, January 12. Much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince has been destroyed. It's estimated that 3 million people, nearly one-third of the country's population, has been affected by the earthquake. The casualty numbers are not known at this time, but significant loss of life is feared. Rescue efforts remain ongoing at this time.

LCIF is responding to the Haiti earthquake. We are in contact with Lions leadership in the area to assess the situation and determine immediate relief needs. A US$50,000 Major Catastrophe Grant has already been awarded to support immediate disaster relief efforts.

When catastrophes occur, LCIF and Lions answer the call for help.  I have seen first hand the impact large-scale devastation has on communities. Homes, schools, hospitals are destroyed and lives are often lost. Through our efforts, we are able to bring hope and healing, even if it's just a little bit, to people who are in such desperate need.

I ask that you help support LCIF disaster relief efforts in Haiti by making a contribution. A designated fund, "LCIF Haiti Earthquake Relief", has been established for donations for this disaster. It's through Lions' commitment to serving those in need that those suffering from the earthquake's devastation will receive some sense of normalcy.

Yours in Lionism,

Al Brandel
LCIF Chairperson

Contribute to the LCIF Haiti Earthquake Fund

U.S. donors can:

  • Mail a check to LCIF. Make the check payable. Send the check to LCIF, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA, Attn.: Donor Services.
  • Make a credit card donation with a MasterCard, Visa or American Express by calling LCIF at 630-571-5466, ext. 517 or 581. Call between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CST.
  • Donate online at www.lcif.org/donate. Select Disaster and include "LCIF Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the comments section.

Donors outside the United States can:

  • Make a credit card donation with a MasterCard, Visa or American Express by faxing to LCIF the name of your credit card, credit card number, expiration date and amount of donation. LCIF's fax number is 630-571-5735.
  • Mail LCIF a U.S. dollar check drawn on a U.S. financial institution. Make the check payable to LCIF. Send the check to LCIF, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL 60523, USA, Attn.: Donor Services.
  • Make a direct deposit of local currency into an existing LCI account. Send a copy to LCIF via fax (630-571-5735).
  • Do a direct wire transfer. For assistance with this option or the other donation options, contact LCIF Donor Assistance at donorassistance@lionsclubs.org or by phone at 630-571-5466, ext. 404.
  • Donate online at www.lcif.org/donate. Select Disaster and include "LCIF Haiti Earthquake Relief" in the comments section.

Donations from U.S. residents are tax deductible. Donations from residents of other countries are tax deductible as permitted by individual countries' tax laws.


For the most up-to-date information about LCIF's ongoing relief efforts in Haiti,
please visit www.lcif.org.

 

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Foundation Holiday Newsletter

December 2009
Season's Greetings LionsBrandel

As you gather this holiday season with your family and friends, I ask that you take a moment to reflect on all the good work LCIF has done worldwide over the last year. Together, we have brought joy and happiness to so many people who would have otherwise gone without. I would like to share a story about how Lions' good will has changed the life of a little girl from Texas and her family.
Good will in Texas, USA
Emelly was born with a chromosome disorder that resulted in her being intellectually disabled, unable to move and afflicted regular with seizures, she was unable to sit upright and indicated little, or no, awareness of activity or people. 
With grant funding made possible from LCIF, Emelly attended a program at the Houston Therapeutic Equestrian Centers, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities through therapeutic horseback riding and related activities.
Since participating in the therapeutic riding program, Emelly has developed sufficient strength to sit upright. Her breathing has improved and the seizures are much less frequent. 
"We're so grateful to the Houston East End Lions in Texas who helped make this program possible for our darling Emelly.  I know that Lions do so much to help children," said Maria, Emelly's mother. "It really is difficult to describe the benefits of the therapy, but quality of life for Emelly and all our family members, has improved so much.  We anticipate continued improvement with this invaluable therapy."
Give the Greatest Gift This Year
This holiday season you can give the greatest gift of all- the gift of sight. A donation of US$1 will provide river blindness medication, US$15 cataract surgery or US$50 low vision adaptive devices. Please help us help more people in the coming year. I hope you'll also consider sharing this video on the impact of our SightFirst Program with your friends and family. After they see all we've accomplished and that there is still a great need, I know they'll want to support the work we're doing together.
LCIF in the News
A short story and advertisement encouraging readers to support the SightFirst Program with a donation will be included in a special Vision Care insert in December 5 editions of the Wall Street Journal in the eastern part of the U.S. This insert section is also available online at www.lcif.org.
Learn More about LCIF
I often get asked a number of questions about LCIF. Make a resolution this year to learn more about the great work of your Foundation. You may be aware of the recently created LCIF District Coordinator position. This individual in your district has been trained on the types of grants and programs available as well as how to submit funds or Melvin Jones Fellowship applications. Please invite them to your club meeting or district convention to educate others about LCIF. E-mail the LCIF Development Department with the date of the event, and they will help put you in contact with your local coordinator.
I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to all of you who help LCIF make miracles happen every day. Its through the generous support of Lions like each of you that Emelly and her family have found a sense of hope for the future. She is just one of the millions of people LCIF helped this past year. Cataract surgery helped Huang in China to see his 14-year old grandson for the first time. Yanatou in Cameroon will not go blind from river blindness like her parents due to receiving bi-annual medication. Mikael in Norway learned to say no to drugs through Lions Quest. You have the power to help us help many more people this coming year.

In appreciation of the holiday spirit, Maureen and I are making a personal contribution to LCIF to help those in need worldwide. We ask that each of you consider helping someone during this season of giving, as many of you have done before.

On behalf of everyone at LCIF, Maureen and I wish you much joy this holiday season.

Thank you for your continued support.

Al Brandel
LCIF Chairperson

November 25,2008

Dear Fellow Lions,

As a dedicated Lion, your opinion is important to us in planning for the future of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). For the past forty years, LCIF has been a beacon of hope for millions of people across the globe. The humanitarian service provided by Lions, together with LCIF, has affected many lives and communities, both globally and locally. Thanks in large part to friends and leaders like you, LCIF will no doubt remain that beacon of hope well into the future.

Today, our Foundation is at a transformational period in its proud history.
The success of Campaign SightFirst II, and the incredible impact of LCIF's other humanitarian programs, has elevated the work of LCIF and Lions to the world stage. As LCIF plans for the future, we have important opportunities to increase awareness of the work of the Foundation and allow it to grow. In order to develop a strategic plan, it¹s important that LCIF consider the enhancement and expansion of programs that best represent the philanthropic interests of Lions worldwide.

We ask you to be a part of this critically important process. We are asking for approximately thirty minutes of your time to first read the background statement found below and to then complete an online, electronic survey.
Your candid advice and input is very important to us.

These electronic surveys will truly help LCIF chart a course for the future and enable our Foundation to continue to provide service, help and hope to millions more people worldwide. Once you have had a chance to read the background statement below, please then complete the electronic survey, which can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=WdLV8QXlzyYZmcXwLaVrzA_3d_3d

A link to the survey can also be found at the bottom of the background statement for your convenience. Thank you for your time and active participation in this important process.

Sincerely,

Mahendra Amarasuriya, IPIP
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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LCIF Case Development Study ­ Background Statement

Introduction

At the core of Lions Clubs International is the mission of service. The 1.3 million Lions around the world are united in a common ideal, "We Serve". Nowhere is this service more evident than in the work of Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).  Through LCIF, Lions are able to provide service, help and hope to millions of people across the globe.

Today, LCIF has reached a transformational period in its forty-year history.
Through the efforts of Lions all over the world, Campaign SightFirst II has surpassed its US$200 million challenge goal, ensuring that Lions' SightFirst program will continue and be able to expand.  This success and the extraordinary work of LCIF¹s humanitarian programs have continued to elevate the impact of LCIF's work to the world stage. Thousands of Lions and clubs are engaged in the work of their Foundation like never before. Most importantly, there is an understanding of the need for so much more humanitarian service that can only be carried out by the Lions through LCIF.

At this important crossroads, Lions have an opportunity to carefully chart a course for the future of their Foundation. In order to maximize this opportunity, LCIF has approved a comprehensive development plan, designed to increase awareness of the work of the Foundation and allow it to grow substantially over the next several years. As part of the plan, LCIF has an objective of raising an additional US$10 million annually by fiscal year
2011-2012 (bringing the total to US$30 million annually). With this fund-raising objective, LCIF and Lions have an opportunity to continue the great work of the Foundation, while identifying areas for expansion, new initiatives for consideration and innovative ways to engage Lions and clubs in the work of LCIF. The development plan also calls for increased communication to make Lions and non-Lions worldwide better aware of the humanitarian service that LCIF provides.

In order to facilitate this process, LCIF is seeking guidance in the development of a new case for LCIF that represents the philanthropic interests of Lions worldwide. This guidance will enable LCIF and Lions to be more deliberate in their service, defining a mission for the Foundation that best positions Lions to have an even greater humanitarian impact. The following document is designed to stimulate discussion and feedback, specifically regarding the core mission of the Foundation, areas in which LCIF has the capacity to grow and initiatives that Lions most want to support.

LCIF's Current Missions

LCIF is associated with a wide variety of humanitarian projects, representing the various ways in which Lions serve. In order to identify the core mission of LCIF and to consider future possibilities, it¹s important to understand the multiple missions in which LCIF is currently engaged.

Since 1968, LCIF has provided funding in the form of grants to assist Lions clubs and districts with humanitarian projects too large for Lions to finance on their own. Over time, LCIF has received more than US$600 million from individual Lions and clubs, as well as non-Lions, corporations, foundations and governments. In turn, LCIF has awarded more than 9,000 grants totaling nearly US$650 million.  These funds have been used to support a variety of humanitarian initiatives. In particular, LCIF supports programs that preserve sight, combat disability, provide disaster relief, serve youth and support education, promote health and offer international assistance throughout the world.

Preserving Sight

Lions and LCIF are leaders in the restoration and preservation of sight. The world¹s largest and most efficient blindness-prevention program, SightFirst, is LCIF's flagship sight initiative. SightFirst is the only service activity that Lions do worldwide, making it a critical and well-known part of our Foundation. Through the SightFirst program, Lions restore vision through cataract surgeries, prevent blindness through the distribution of medication, improve and expand eye-care facilities, train eye-care workers and support low-vision centers. Lions Eye Health Program prevents vision loss caused by diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma by promoting eye-health awareness in developed countries. The accomplishments of SightFirst are numerous, including the prevention of vision loss for 30 million people and the improvement of eye-care services for hundreds of millions more.

Additionally, other LCIF sight programs fund local eye banks and eye-care foundations, provide pre-school vision screenings and support Lions' well-known eyeglass collection and recycling programs. Through partnerships with Merck, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, The Carter Center, the World Health Organization and other powerful corporations and organizations, LCIF has been established as a global leader in the battle for sight.

Combating Disability

Through LCIF, Lions are empowering those with disabilities to lead more independent, productive and fulfilling lives. LCIF has been committed to assisting people with disabilities through grants that build or expand schools and vocational training centers. Since 2001, the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program has screened more than 100,000 athletes, providing diagnosis for vision-related problems, as well as corrective and protective eyewear. The program also teaches and prepares vision specialists, including professors and students, on how to better care for this underserved population.

LCIF has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to fund the construction of 1,000 homes for people with disabilities. Finally, the Lions¹ Affordable Hearing Aid Project provides high-quality, affordable hearing aids to low-income individuals within the United States.

Providing Disaster Relief

Whether a flood in a local community or a large-scale global catastrophe, Lions are the "first in" and "last out" when a natural disaster strikes.
LCIF funding enables Lions to meet needs in the immediate aftermath of a disaster by providing food, medicine and clothing. Long-term efforts help rebuild communities through housing reconstruction and social services. LCIF provided more than US$15 million in relief after the Southeast Asia Tsunami, more than US$3 million after the Sichuan (China) earthquake and in the United States, Lions mobilized more than US$5 million to assist those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Additionally, LCIF has provided hundreds of grants each year for local disasters around the world.

Serving Youth and Supporting Education

All over the world, Lions are bettering the future for children by providing improved education and health services. LCIF provides grants that build schools, camps, libraries, resource centers and shelters for children across the globe. Lions' projects improve access to primary education and support literacy programs. Lions Quest, a life-skills curriculum utilized in 54 countries, teaches responsible decision-making, effective communication and drug-abuse prevention. LCIF believes in the importance of providing youth with the support and resources they need to succeed in life.

Promoting Health

LCIF's health initiatives encompass much more than sight. LCIF provides grants that support blood banks, cancer centers, pediatric wards and other health-related needs. This support improves access to health care and upgrades equipment and facilities in areas of great need.

Offering International Assistance

LCIF facilitates partnerships between Lions clubs in developed countries and clubs in lesser-developed areas.  LCIF International Assistance grants are one way clubs partner to provide a variety of humanitarian service,
including: basic health care; education and literacy; clean water and sanitation; and environmental protection. Together, LCIF and Lions are partnering to improve communities around the world.

Opportunities for the Future

The expansion of LCIF, both financially and programmatically, requires Lions to carefully consider a strategic plan for the future of their Foundation.
There are a variety of ways to continue and expand the programs listed above, but which programs best fulfill the mission of the Foundation? There are new and existing opportunities for service, but through which of these opportunities are Lions best equipped to serve? Lions are involved in many philanthropic activities, but what are the initiatives that truly inspire the support of thousands of Lions around the world?  Through this study, LCIF and Lions can answer these questions and develop a case that is consistent with the funding priorities of Lions worldwide and the needs of those we hope to serve.

The opportunities for the future of LCIF also include a chance to be more deliberate in both the purpose of LCIF and its programmatic priorities.
Historically, LCIF has participated in primarily responsive charity. As the Foundation moves forward, better-defined strategic objectives will enable Lions to go beyond purely charitable grant making and begin affecting long-term, sustainable change. Lions¹ transformative work can expand into newly identified areas of need where LCIF and Lions can have a meaningful impact. A clear, consistent mission for LCIF will have numerous benefits for both the Foundation and the entire association.

A more clearly focused LCIF has the potential to attract a new generation of members with a more global worldview. Communities today extend beyond village, city and country. The future of Lions is in those members who want to serve their community, both locally and globally. As LCIF and Lions continue their work in local communities, the possibility of having a greater impact in the world community will coincide with the revitalization of the Lions' brand.  Additionally, a better-defined mission and greater impact would continue to elevate the Lions name in the global community, promoting name recognition and awareness of our work. Finally, it¹s important for the Foundation to consider a mission that continues to facilitate programming with meaningful impact and measurable results.

Conclusion

LCIF and Lions, and the great service they provide together, is at a crossroads. The work of LCIF has always sought to improve lives, whether through building a new school or providing cataract surgeries to those in need, but with expansion comes new opportunities for service. A stronger LCIF that is committed to a core mission has the power to transform all aspects of Lionism ­ from membership to the way that Lions serve. Input from many Lions, representing the 1.3 million members around the world, is critical to developing a strategic plan for LCIF¹s future of service. Please complete the electronic survey to help us shape the future. The survey can be accessed through the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=WdLV8QXlzyYZmcXwLaVrzA_3d_3d

Thank you, in advance, for your advice and consideration.

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