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SEMINARS AND ACTIVITIES AT THE 2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION

INSIDE THE EXHIBIT HALL AT THE METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE (MTCC):

Peace Poster Display

View the winning posters that are on display in this special exhibit.

Peace Poster Signing

Sunday, July 6 at 15:45-16:45
Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artist and purchase a signed reproduction of their winning poster.


Environmental Photo Contest

View photos of colorful landscapes, rare weather phenomena and wildlife captured by Lion photographers from around the world. Vote for your favorite photos. Purchase a 2015 photo contest calendar or enter the photo contest silent auction that benefits LCIF.

Environmental Photo Contest Ceremony
Monday, July 7 at 16:30-17:00

Gather at the photo contest display to hear the winners of the 2013-14 Lions Environmental Photo Contest.  All photos can be purchased through a silent auction. Funds will benefit LCIF. Or, purchase a 2015 photo contest calendar featuring many of the photo contest entries.


Lions Clubs International Foundation Booth

Be sure to stop by the LCIF booth to learn more about LCIF's initiatives and how the Foundation can help your club or district further its humanitarian service goals. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions about donating to LCIF and the grant application process. Donations will be accepted in US and Canadian dollars.


LCIF Reception/Melvin Jones Fellowship Pinning Ceremony
Sunday, July 6 at 16:00-17:00

Donors who contribute US$1,000 to become Melvin Jones Fellows or the next level of the Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow program during the convention will be presented with their pins by LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden.


Social Media Lounge/Internet Café

Take what you’ve learned from the Social Media for Lions and get connected in the Social Media Lounge inside the exhibit hall. Savvy social media users can post from the lounge, too!
Included in the Social Media lounge will be the Internet Café. Stay on top of your e-mails, post to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media outlet.


Share your Dream of Service!

International President, Barry Palmer not only wants us to “follow our dream” he also wants us to achieve our dreams.  What is your dream of service?  As a Lion, what do you want to achieve?  Each Lion’s dream is important!  Share your dream and help us fill the Lions “Dream Wall” located in the Exhibit Hall.  The exhibit will also feature a viewing of worldwide service projects showcasing Lions dreams!

Lions Care 2014 Project

Where Lions gather, service happens, and attendees can take part in the Lions Care 2014 project to benefit YWCA Toronto, which provides shelter for women and children.
Lions will be able to donate unopened toiletries, public transportation tokens and gift cards at the Lions Care 2014 booth located in the exhibit hall. This project fits in with President Palmer’s emphasis on serving women and children and enables Lions to give back to the convention city.


Friday, July 4


Leo Lion Summit (ticketed event)
10:00 a.m.-16:30

This special event will bring Leos and Lions together from around the world for a day of celebration and dialogue including traditional opening and closing ceremonies, breakout sessions, a town hall meeting and networking luncheon. Please note that pre-registration for the summit is required by May 1 and tickets are limited. For information about the Leo Lion Summit, visit the Leo Zone “News and Events” section at www.lionsclubs.org/leoclubs or email leo@lionsclubs.org.

Sunday, July 6


Social Media for Lions
14:00-15:00

This seminar will provide Lions clubs with specific information about how to use social media in their club activities. Learn about organizing events on social media platforms, using donate buttons on websites for online fundraising or having video calls with clubs on the other side of the globe. We will also introduce you to the Lions SMiLE online Social Media directory and explain where to get information on social media provided by the SMiLE team and other Lions.
Lions Quest: Tools for Today's Students and Communities
14:00-15:30

This seminar will feature information on LCIF’s flagship youth program: Lions Quest. This social and emotional learning program is implemented in schools with the help of Lions, uniting the home, school and community to cultivate capable and healthy young people.

Micro-Finance Seminar
14:00-15:30

The seminar will focus on how Lions can help empower more people to break through the cycle of poverty. We will explore the role of micro-finance and discuss opportunities for Lions to get involved.

Strides: Lions Dance Party for Diabetes Awareness
14:00-15:30

Lions, get ready to dance to your favorite tunes! “Come as you are” and help promote the benefits of healthy exercise. The mission of the Strides program is to help spread awareness, educate the community and inspire us all to live healthy and active lives to prevent or manage diabetes. The professional disc jockey’s set will take you on a musical journey from the 1960s to the present as you enjoy dancing and fellowship with fellow Lions from around the world.  All participants will receive a Strides pin, commemorative patch and certificate of participation.  

Ibero-American Seminar (Spanish)
14:00-15:30

Learn more about LCI programs and resources and ways to strengthen districts and clubs in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries. Discuss opportunities and challenges for Lions in the Ibero-American region with current international directors from the area.

Chinese Seminar (Chinese)
14:00-15:30

Learn more about LCI programs and resources and ways to strengthen districts and clubs in Chinese speaking areas and countries. Discuss opportunities and challenges for Lions in region with international leaders from the area.

Certified Guiding Lion for New and Rebuilding Clubs
14:00-15:30

The program has been expanded to support new and struggling clubs. This session will feature the latest in on-line training, how to develop a club officer mentor team and an assessment process to help struggling clubs. Attendees will also learn how to host and facilitate this interactive course so that the program is meaningful and fun.  

Incoming Council Chairperson Seminar
14:00-16:00

Complete your preparations for a successful year as council chairperson. Learn about the 2014-2015 international theme, goals and priorities for the year. Discuss elements of effective teamwork and potential leadership challenges. Share ideas about maximizing your positive impact as the key leader of your multiple district and a member of the MD GLT and GMT.

Lions Clubs International-Special Olympics Opening Eyes Screening
14:00-17:00

Celebrate more than 10 years of successful partnership program by witnessing the Opening Eyes program in action. Special Olympics athletes will receive vision screenings during this event and information will be provided on how to get involved with this program. You can even volunteer your time during the screening. LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden will make an appearance at the event and speak on behalf of LCIF.

Lions Clubs International Foundation Coordinator Seminar
15:00-16:00

This seminar will examine the work of LCIF Coordinators while outlining action steps needed to achieve the Foundation’s goals.

Membership Key Awards Ice Cream Social (ticketed event)
15:00-17:00

All key award holders are encouraged to attend this fun afternoon event where LCI will honor your dedication and contribution towards membership growth.
Tickets are required and are subject to availability.

Japanese Seminar (Japanese)
15:30-17:00

Learn more about LCI programs and resources and ways to strengthen districts and clubs in the area.  Discuss opportunities and challenges for Lions in Japan with current leaders from the area.

Korean Seminar (Korean)
15:30-17:00

Description:  Learn more about LCI programs and resources and ways to strengthen districts and clubs in the region. Discuss opportunities and challenges for Lions in Korea with current international directors and other leaders from the area.

Zone and Region Chairperson Seminar
15:30-17:00

Your role as zone or region chairperson is key to maintaining healthy clubs. Learn about your responsibilities as zone or region chairperson and get the resources to help you lead with confidence and purpose.  

Legal Division Seminar: Insurance
15:45-17:00

Did you know that the activities your club conducts exposes the club and its members to liability for those operations? Join us to discuss protection available to Lions through the LCI Global General Liability Insurance Program and other important risk management considerations.

Act Locally, Think Globally: Make a Stronger Impact through Service
15:45-17:00

In a world of limited resources, how can local service expand to stimulate broader change and help many more people? During this workshop we will explore the interplay of local action leading to global impact in your community. This interactive session will uncover the essential elements of effective localized actions in achieving excellence to maximize your impact under service. Come learn why the Global Service Action Campaigns are important for the revitalization and strengthening of communities and how Lions can support these efforts. You will hear from a panel of experts and fellow Lions who will share project ideas, success stories, and partnership opportunities.

Women & Family Roundtable Exchange
15:45-17:00

Engaging women and family members in Lions is an opportunity to increase Lion service and meet the growing needs of our communities. To promote ways for involving, advancing and developing opportunities for these groups, the Women’s & Family Membership Development Task Force, made up of international leaders, has collected international and regional recommendations. Come to the Women & Family Roundtable Exchange to hear about the ideas collected, discuss new ideas and develop action plans for your region of the world.

Video Conferencing Comparison
16:00-17:00

With the introduction of relatively low-cost, high-capacity broadband telecommunication services, videoconferencing has made significant inroads in business, education, medicine and media. Video chat and videoconferencing apps reduce the need to travel to bring people together, also contributing to reduce carbon emissions, thereby having an impact on the environment but also education, health and Lions Clubs. Learn about the various types of online video communication platforms, advantages and disadvantages, costs, necessary hardware, ease of use and screen sharing.

Monday, July 7


Forming & Supporting Campus Clubs
13:00-14:30

Campus clubs enable students to create real change while making an impact on their local campus community and around the world. As with any club, maintaining healthy membership is a challenge, but campus clubs are even more unique in the support they require. Forming and supporting a campus club can be easy if you use the tools and strategies presented in this seminar.

What Makes a District or Multiple District Convention “Great?”
13:00-14:30

Learn about key components and best practices of a great district convention, shared by those districts that do it well.  Take your district convention beyond a constitutional requirement to being an event that inspires, motivates, educates and recognizes Lions Clubs members for leadership and service in your communities.  Come see the new resources available to support district and club leaders involved with the planning and production of your district conventions.  

Youth Camp & Exchange Chairpersons Forum
13:00-14:30

Youth Camp and Exchange chairpersons will discuss the program and share practical information to promote successful camps and exchanges.

Melvin Jones Fellows and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow Luncheon (ticketed event)
13:30-15:00

All Melvin Jones Fellows and Progressive Melvin Jones Fellows may purchase tickets to LCIF’s annual recognition luncheon event, chaired by LCIF Chairperson Wayne Madden. A Foundation video will be shown and awards will be presented to 100 percent MJF Clubs and Humanitarian Partners.

The LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE
14:30-16:30

Join us for a fast-paced event based on Canada’s national winter sport–ice hockey.  Relying on individual strengths to create a stronger team, hockey is the ultimate team sport–not unlike effective Lions leadership. During this interactive session, you’ll skate with the best, our international starting line-up of Lions leaders, who will guide you through four drills focused on specific leadership skills. Remember, you miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. Don’t miss this chance to score as a Lions leader!

Ask, Share, Learn: Membership & New Club How-Tos (Spanish)
14:45-15:45

Membership is the key to providing high-quality service, but what is the key to building membership and chartering new clubs? This interactive session will provide Lions with the opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences and learn from one another as we discuss effective strategies for increasing membership and satisfaction in existing clubs as well as starting new clubs.

Ask, Share, Learn: Membership & New Club How-Tos (English)
16:00-17:00

Membership is the key to providing high-quality service, but what is the key to building membership and chartering new clubs? This interactive session will provide Lions with the opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences and learn from one another as we discuss effective strategies for increasing membership and satisfaction in existing clubs as well as starting new clubs.

Ask, Share, Learn: Membership & New Club How-Tos (French)
16:00-17:00

Membership is the key to providing high-quality service, but what is the key to building membership and chartering new clubs? This interactive session will provide Lions with the opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences and learn from one another as we discuss effective strategies for increasing membership and satisfaction in existing clubs as well as starting new clubs.

Legal Division Seminar: Trademarks
16:00-17:00

You know the logo, but do you know how to use it? Find out how to use the Lions registered trademarks in your club and district operations in accordance with the LCI Trademark Policy.

Act Locally, Think Globally: Make a Stronger Impact through Service
16:00-17:00

In a world of limited resources, how can local service expand to stimulate broader change and help many more people? During this workshop we will explore the interplay of local action leading to global impact in your community. This interactive session will uncover the essential elements of effective localized actions in achieving excellence to maximize your impact under service. Come learn why the Global Service Action Campaigns are important for the revitalization and strengthening of communities and how Lions can support these efforts. You will hear from a panel of experts and fellow Lions who will share project ideas, success stories and partnership opportunities.

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