In our May issue, you’ll learn about our ongoing relief efforts in Japan, the Lions Measles Initiative and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.
Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, generous donations from Lions around the world helped us mobilize more than US$21 million to provide disaster relief in Japan. And with more than 100,000 Lions in Japan, earthquake and tsunami relief projects are well underway. LCIF has provided US$1 million to provide 2,000 high pressure cleaners to reduce radiation levels, US$1.2 million to help revitalize the seafood industry and US$1.5 million to create a special victims’ assistance fund and Lions command and operation centers. Learn more.
Measles is one of the deadliest vaccine-preventable diseases, taking the lives of 450 children each day. In developing countries, nearly one third of children who contract measles suffer complications, including corneal scarring. The Gates Foundation is challenging Lions to raise US$10 million through LCIF to help save children across the world. You can find information about the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative on the new LCIF blog.
Did you know that vision loss is not a normal part of aging? But, as you get older, you're at higher risk of developing eye diseases and conditions leading to vision loss or blindness. The Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP) can help your club promote healthy vision in your community. The LEHP “Making Vision a Health Priority” and “Age-Related Eye Diseases and Conditions” toolkits are user-friendly resources you can distribute at community events. LEHP also provides PowerPoint presentations and Speaker’s Guides you can use to host an educational workshop in your community or at your next Lions club meeting.
The Club Excellence Process (CEP) is a four step workshop designed to help clubs evaluate the needs of the club and the community. A trained facilitator and workbook guide the discussion focusing on service, communication, growth and involvement. Has your club or district held a CEP Workshop? We want to hear from you. Send an e-mail and tell us about your club or district success in setting and accomplishing CEP goals.
It’s not too late to start a new club. You have until June 20, 2012 to turn in charter applications. A new club means an addition of at least 20 new Lions for your district, but don’t stop there. Clubs that charter with more than 26 members have better sustainability and longevity. Think of all that could be accomplished in your community if there was another Lions club to tackle the work. Remember, more Lions mean more hands for more service.