In our September issue, learn about the next Global Service Action Campaign, Membership Growth Awards and leadership development institutes.
For 25 years, more than eight million children across the globe have participated in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. This year’s theme is “Our World, Our Future.” Purchase your Peace Poster Contest kit by October 1, 2013 and encourage children in your community to express their feelings of peace through art. Each kit includes an official club contest guide and rules, participant flyers, certificates and more. Order kits through Club Supplies (item search: Peace Poster Kit) or download the order form.
Participate in October’s Sharing the Vision campaign by providing assistance for children and adults who are blind or visually impaired. Your club can help in many ways, such as hands-on volunteering with recreational camps, vocational programs or guide dog schools; providing assistive technology for a family in need; and promoting Low Vision awareness in your community. Consider collaborating with LCI’s sight and literacy partners. Partners such as The Hadley School for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind can add a dimension of understanding and resources to make your service even more effective.
New members are the key to club health and growth, and they increase your ability to serve the community. The months of October and April are dedicated to inviting new members. Begin thinking about your recruitment plan for next month, and earn recognition for your club’s growth! Lions who sponsor a new member in October will receive a Silver Membership Growth Award pin. Gold pins are available for Lions who sponsor a new member in October as well as April. Clubs that add new members in October and April will receive a Membership Growth Award Banner Patch and a Fiscal Year Patch. Read the Membership Growth Awards brochure (PDF) for more details.
LCI provides many leadership development opportunities for current and future Lions leaders. Take advantage of the training offered at the following Institutes: Emerging Lions Leadership for developing club-level leaders; Advanced Lions Leadership for preparing district-level leaders; and Faculty Development Institute for experienced Lions faculty. All institute schedules are now posted, and many applications are available online. Visit the Development Programs page in the Leadership Resource Center today! Contact the Institutes and Seminars department for more information.
Last month’s Global Service Action Campaign was “Engaging Our Youth.” This month, think about inviting younger community members, such as students and former Leos, to become Lions. Young members represent the future of Lions. They bring new energy, inspire fresh ideas for service, and provide increased support for local and international projects. Read more about the Student Member Program and the Leo to Lion Program and the benefits they receive when joining Lions.