Information for Diabetes Chairpersons
Organize Diabetes Service Projects
More than 382 million worldwide have diabetes, and the number of people with diabetes is increasing in every country. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke, and early death. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that by 2035 there will be 592 million living with the disease.
Organize diabetes service projects and activities in your area by becoming a diabetes chairperson in your club or district. Motivate clubs to undertake service projects that:
- Support efforts leading to the control and treatment of diabetes and its complications.
- Promote diabetes awareness, education and prevention.
- Provide programs and assistance to underserved children and adults who are living with diabetes.
The district diabetes chairperson is appointed by the district governor; the multiple district diabetes chairperson is appointed by the council chairperson. By working together, multiple district, district and club diabetes chairpersons can organize effective service projects to help fight diabetes in their communities.
Diabetes Chairperson Responsibilities
- Evaluate the effectiveness of current club-level and district level vision projects.
- Develop goals and an overall district action plan.
- Submit the plan for the district governor’s or council chairperson’s approval.
Communicate goals and project ideas:
- Inform clubs through the multiple district or district websites, an open letter in the council chairperson’s or district governor’s newsletter, e-mails, letters, phone calls or personal visits.
Incorporate new project ideas contributed by clubs:
- Encourage clubs to share news of their diabetes projects.
- Avoid duplication of local, regional or national programs.
- Work with local health care professionals to determine community needs and provide the most appropriate services.
Arrange seminars and workshops for club chairpersons:
- Provide educational resources and information on diabetes awareness, prevention and control.
- Invite health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses or certified diabetes educators as speakers to help motivate clubs to participate.
- Discuss projects that can provide outreach to underserved populations who are at high risk for diabetes or living with the disease.
- Find out how the district can further support clubs in planning diabetes projects.
Report diabetes projects to the district cabinet and to the local media:
- Share news about diabetes projects with the multiple district or district public relations chairperson.
- Submit stories and photos via the Lions Clubs International social media.
A variety of resources are available to assist you in your role as diabetes chairperson:
- 25 Project ideas for Diabetes Awareness and Action (iad475)
- Diabetes program brochure (iad472)
- Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness Program is a highly visible event that can engage and empower your community in the fight against diabetes.
- Community resources, including publications, educational DVDs and co-branded publications with the National Diabetes Education Program (USA).
- Special days and events, such as diabetes screenings, Diabetes Awareness Month and the Sharing the Vision Global Service Campaign can help to mobilize clubs throughout the district.
- LCI partners and professional diabetes organizations can provide additional information and resources to enhance community awareness and action.
- Additional resources include:
LCI board policy – Chapter I: Section E
Lions recreational camps for people with diabetes
Service dog schools
Diabetes Awareness Newsletter
LCI Service Activities webinars
Lions Learning Center
Public Relations Tools
LCIF Grant Funding
Learn more about the Diabetes Core 4 Grant Program and the SightFirst Grant Program.
District and multiple district chairpersons and clubs can receive awards in recognition of their service for Diabetes Awareness and Action:
- On behalf of the Association, the council chairperson and district governor may present an award to the multiple district diabetes chair or district diabetes chair who has shown outstanding leadership in furthering the Diabetes Awareness and Action Program by meeting the multiple district or district award criteria, respectively.
- On behalf of the Association, the district governor may present the New Horizons Award in Diabetes Education to the one club in the district that has demonstrated the most outstanding work in the area of diabetes education within the community.
- A Lions club that has organized and conducted a Strides event and reported this activity through the MyLCI online Service Activity Report (select the “Strides Walk” category) will receive a free Strides Banner Patch Award from the Association. Learn more about this award.
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