In our June issue, you’ll learn about Lions tree planting success, the Online Convention site and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.
Later this month, more than 50,000 of our members will attend our 95th International Convention in Busan, Korea. Preview the convention schedule in advance to help plan your stay. Even if you won’t be in Busan, check the Online Convention site throughout convention (June 22-26) as we will be posting daily updates – including photo highlights, contest results and more.
Lions enthusiastically responded to the goal set by International President Tam at the 2011 Convention when he kicked off the tree planting campaign by challenging Lions to plant one million trees. Around the world, Lions have dug in and planted more than 9 million trees, many accomplishing this by working with schools and community partners. Lions from more than 100 countries participated in the campaign that has benefitted countless communities. Visit our interactive map to view photos and read stories of tree planting activities worldwide.
LCIF continued its fight against measles by taking part in World Immunization Week, an initiative led by the World Health Organization. Through this event, Lions and their partners encouraged families to vaccinate their children and raised awareness of the life-saving value of vaccines. Lions around the globe contributed to the week’s events. In Haiti, Lions conducted a nationwide measles vaccination campaign. LCIF supported this effort with US$166,000 for measles vaccines. Lions in Africa also participated in the event through African Vaccination Week. You can help eliminate measles by making a donation online.
For a quarter of a century, Lions have encouraged millions of children to share their visions of peace. We invite all Lions around the world to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. With your club’s help, let’s make this the largest in participation. By working with a local school or youth group, your club will gain valuable exposure that can help garner community support and new members. Order your Peace Poster kit today, including a complimentary 25th Anniversary logo window cling.
A great way to get a jump on membership growth is to plan early. You can start planning now to hold an Extension Workshop at the beginning of the next fiscal year. Starting your extension efforts early in the year will help you build momentum and excitement about forming new clubs in your district. Work with your Zone Chair, GMT Coordinators and District teams to develop a plan to grow membership.