LION'S CORNER: Lions working toward serving their 100th year

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 14:12

I have recently returned from Fukuoka, Japan, where I was inducted as the Centennial District Governor for 49A. It was an amazing experience where 30,000+ Lions met for training and fellowship.

I spent almost one week in training and one week in inspirational speeches by our International President Bob Corlew and many others. His theme is “New Mountains to Climb.” Mine is “Time to Inspire — Lets Climb.”

For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world.

As lions look toward our centennial celebration in 2016-2017, we are encouraged to help reach the Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017 through participation in the Global Service Action Campaigns. (We have reached that goal already this year.)

Our goal is to Strengthen Our Pride through service. Community service is the foundation of our organization, so we are being asked to build on our Pride as we approach our centennial celebration. Below are some of the projects were are asked to participate in each month:

August: Engaging our Youth

Invite Leos and Youth in your area to help organize and participate in service projects. Projects may include school or community facility cleanups or a visit to a home for senior citizens or a children’s hospital.

Allowing youth to develop and lead a service project enables them to learn skills while emphasizing the role of service to learn skills while emphasizing the role of skills. Collect school supplies for the local elementary schools.

October: Sharing the Vision

Plan vision health projects and work with the visually impaired. Many Lions already celebrate World Sight Day in October. This is a great month to organize a vision screening, volunteer at a nearby Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center, organize an eyeglass collection. How about an activity to benefit the visually impaired in your community such as a Health Fair or local elementary schools.

December/January: Relieving the Hunger

Organize food drives and projects to feed the hungry. With the downturn in the global economy, many hunger relief organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with demand. Help alleviate hunger by planning events around the end and beginning of the caelndar year to collect and distribute food.

April: Protecting our Environment

Implement projects that improve and protect the environment. Organize a highway clean up, plant trees, or plan a community “Earth Day” event to collect recyclables such as aluminum cans, plastic bottles, ink cartridges, eyeglasses, used cell phones and batteries. Alaska a eyeglass recycling center in North Pole, Alaska.

You will find throughout our communities with the Lions’ logo to deposit your used eyeglasses. Local lions will collect them and deliver them to the North Pole for processing.

For some service activities, like cleaning up a stream bank, it might be difficult to estimate the number served. There is no right or wrong answer. To help your club list a reasonable number of people served in these cases — the clean-up of a stream bank or road side can be based on the number of people who visit every year, and projects of more permanent types (such as the construction of a park, playground or an ongoing community recycling program) can benefit the entire community, so list the population of the town.

There is no wrong answer, but these guidelines can hopefully explain to the public just how much good Lions clubs provide to their communities around the World.

To learn more about being a lion please visit; or, Find us on facebook and friend us as our events are posted there. If the internet is not your cup of tea, call me 242-1129. DG Karen Burns, District Governor.


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