In our July issue, you’ll learn about the winner of the Lions International Essay Contest, how Lions and LCIF are mobilizing US$15 million to help Japan and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.
We’re pleased to announce that Amy Elizabeth Bosko, a 12-year-old girl from Lisle, Illinois, wrote the grand prize winning essay in the 2011 Lions International Essay Contest. Judges chose her essay for its artistic merit and portrayal of the theme, “Power of Peace.” As the grand prize winner, Amy receives an award and a check for US$5,000. Her sponsor, the Villa Park Lions Club, recently presented the prize to Amy. Read blog.
Lions around the world are continuing to help the Lions of Japan in their disaster relief efforts by donating generously to LCIF. As a result, we're mobilizing more than US$15 million, which includes US$8 million that Lions of Japan are raising. LCIF has approved an initial US$1.5 million grant to provide a special assistance fund for victims and to support Lions’ operation centers. The remaining donations will assist with ongoing disaster relief and long-term rebuilding efforts. Read updates from Lions in Japan.
On July 4, 2011, thousands of our members will gather in Seattle, Washington, USA for our 94th International Convention. Even if you won’t be at this year’s event, the Lions Clubs International Blog can keep you connected to the latest updates from Seattle. From the Parade of Nations and Global Youth Music Competition, to keynote speaker Condoleezza Rice and the election of our new International President, our blog will give you access to the latest news, photos and videos from Seattle. Visit blog.
Lions Clubs International is leading efforts to mint 400,000 U.S. silver dollars in recognition of our 100th Anniversary in 2017. We’re excited to celebrate our 100 years of service. And, this coin is the first step to commemorate our centennial – while raising millions to support our projects for the visually impaired, youth and those affected by disaster. Find out how you can get involved in this campaign.
You can promote eye health awareness and blindness prevention with new Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP) resources, including handouts, posters, presentations and more. Co-branded with the National Eye Institute/National Eye Health Education Program, LEHP materials are fact-based, professional and user-friendly – perfect for community service projects related to eye health, eye safety and conditions that can cause vision loss or blindness. A new toolkit, "Making Vision a Health Priority" is now available.