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In our September issue, you’ll learn about the Lions Day at the White House event, Fast Start Awards, Sharing the Vision campaign and more. Read on for the latest Lions Clubs International news and information.

Lions Day at the White House

White HouseOn October 2, Lions Clubs International will co-host Lions Day at the White House in Washington, D.C. Lions who have been selected as “Champions of Change” will be recognized at the event and participate in a panel discussion. Other highlights of the day include a tour of the White House East Wing and a White House Community Leaders Briefing, during which Lions can discuss with government administrators and agencies topics such as reading and literacy, health services and more. The event will be streamed live online. For more information, visit the Lions Day at the White House page. For questions, contact GovernmentRelations@lionsclubs.org.

Lions Participate in USAID Literacy Event

In celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is holding a special event involving key discussions with world leaders to highlight the importance of literacy worldwide. Linda Madden will speak about the power of community in increasing literacy for children and adults, focusing on Lions clubs’ efforts among the blind and visually impaired. There will also be an eyeglass recycling activity to show attendees how they can contribute in their community and help children around the world have better vision. The event takes place on September 7. To learn more about LCI’s partnership with USAID to promote literacy worldwide, read our press release. For more information on increasing literacy, visit the Reading Action Program page.

A Strong Start is a Fast Start

Fast Start AwardsHave your district’s membership numbers been racing toward the top? President Madden has just the award for you: The 2012-2013 World of Service Fast Start Awards. District Governors with strong membership results at the end of the first quarter will be rewarded for the efforts of their teams. The Fast Start Cruising Speed is awarded to districts with two new clubs or positive growth by October 31. The Fast Start Passing Speed is awarded to districts with two new clubs and positive growth by October 31. Remember: The key to a strong finish is a strong start! For more information, email extension@lionsclubs.org.

Sharing the Vision Campaign – Expanding Our Reach!

October’s global service action campaign focuses on “Sharing the Vision.” Mobilize your club to plan a service project to promote healthy vision, or to make a difference in the lives of children and adults living with blindness or low vision. Project ideas include organizing eye care and safety presentations for school children, sponsoring a Braille exhibit at your local library, volunteering at a recreational program or camp for people who are blind, and more.  Materials and resources are available to help you implement a successful campaign project.  If you have questions, contact programs@lionsclubs.org.

Make This Year a Success for LCIF

LCIF Measles InitiativeLast October, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation challenged Lions and LCIF to raise US$10 million for measles, to which they will match with US$5 million. Lions have raised over half of the challenge grant funds. As the one year anniversary of the challenge approaches, let’s make the year a success. You can help give children worldwide a healthier life by making a donation. Funds may be donated to LCIF via check, wire transfer or by making an online donation. You can even double your donation’s impact by participating in your employer’s matching gift program, if available. It’s time to get involved!

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