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The Global Action
Team (GAT)

The GAT is a powerful bridge between Lions and the international association. It’s a field team specifically designed to connect clubs, districts, leaders and beyond to tools and resources developed to improve their service impact.

Get to Know the GAT

The GAT is a continuous loop of resources and feedback. From an initiative’s beginning to the time it reaches clubs, the team is set up to be agile and flexible, allowing the association to provide expertise while incorporating necessary changes as instructed by Lions. This is how we can, together, ensure everything delivered is at its best.

Global Action Team Stories from the Field

Turkey

Widening the Reach of Lions through Facebook

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Widening the Reach of Lions through Facebook

Dr. Sedef Önde, president and Global Action Team chairperson of the Izmir Goztepe Lions Club in İzmir, Turkey, was checking her Facebook page last November when smiling children caught her attention. Upon further examination, she found that they were students of Hasan Kartal, a teacher at a primary school in Diyarbakir. The smile was caused by the teacher’s dedication to his students and the creativity that he put into his lessons. 

Kenya

Lions GAT Fights Against Diabetes in Kenya

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Lions GAT Fights Against Diabetes in Kenya

Big challenges require big solutions. That’s why Lions in Kenya, Nairobi turned to the Global Action team (GAT) in their fight against diabetes. 

Illinois, USA

An inspirational collection of stories from the Global Action Team throughout CA 1 as they share insightful and inspiring perspectives from the field has made them successful in their respective roles.

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CA 1 GAT Success Stories from the Field

An inspirational collection of stories from the Global Action Team throughout CA 1 as they share insightful and inspiring perspectives from the field has made them successful in their respective roles.

Minnesota, USA

Discovering New Paths to Service

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Discovering New Paths to Service

World Diabetes Day is on November 14, and we’ve partnered with the International Diabetes Foundation to help one million people get screened for Type 2 diabetes. And every day, our clubs are doing so much more to make their mark on diabetes in their communities, workplaces and even school campuses.

Guanajuanto, Mexico

Leo’s Close Call with Cancer Inspires Campaign to Help Children

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Leo’s Close Call with Cancer Inspires Campaign to Help Children

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. When Leo Maria José Gutiérrez Araujo (Majo) finished her speech during the final plenary at the FOLAC Forum in La Paz, Bolivia, the entire audience was moved by her dedication to serve children who have cancer. Inspiring people is not easy, but the 17-year-old charter president of the Guanajuato Leo Club in Mexico proved that you can touch the hearts of many at any age.

Gujarat, India

The Pandemic of the Century

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The Pandemic of the Century

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is the worst pandemic to hit the world in almost a hundred years. It is the worst economic crisis in the past 40 years for South Asian countries like India. To make matters worse, India has one of the highest population densities in the world, and a significant portion of the population lives in poverty. The combination of these factors, high population density and poor sanitation due to poverty are high risk factors for the spread of COVID-19. The government, therefore, took the drastic measure of a complete lockdown to curb the spread of this deadly disease.

Malaysia

Creating an Environment of Peace and Smiles for Childhood Cancer Patients

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Creating an Environment of Peace and Smiles for Childhood Cancer Patients

Lions all over the world have been looking for ways to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and create awareness about it. This can be challenging given that it is a new global cause that Lions have embraced following the call by Lions Clubs International to serve the cause of childhood cancer.

Canada

The Four Essentials You Need to Charter a Club Virtually (Traditional Clubs Included)

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The Four Essentials You Need to Charter a Club Virtually (Traditional Clubs Included)

In March of 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic left many Lions stranded at home, with district leaders wondering how they could continue to charter new clubs and bring in the members needed to serve their communities. The idea of chartering a traditional club virtually was hard to imagine without the in-person engagement and formality.

Nepal

The Secret Behind Nepal’s Sustainable Growth

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The Secret Behind Nepal’s Sustainable Growth

Nepal, the fastest growing multiple district in the world, has chartered more than 140 clubs as of October 13, 2020, the highest number across all MDs. Even the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has not slowed its growth. In fact, over the last decade, this country has consistently been increasing its membership.

Uganda

Lions of Uganda Believe that Caring for Others Is a Way to Care for Ourselves

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Lions of Uganda Believe that Caring for Others Is a Way to Care for Ourselves

District 411B attained provisional district status in 2018 with 952 members and became a full district on July 1, 2020 after chartering seven new clubs with 575 new members and a net membership growth of 450. Its membership growth made it possible to surpass the 500,000 goal of people served at the beginning of the year to serving nearly 3,000,000 people that year, making an immediate impact on many more lives.

Ecuador

Being a Lion Helped Me Heal from Tragedy

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Being a Lion Helped Me Heal from Tragedy

I've always been one of those optimistic people who thinks that nothing bad can happen to good people. But life has taught me that no matter how successful or good you are, tragedy can still show up at your door.

Texas, USA

An American Hero

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An American Hero

Korean War veteran and former prisoner of war (POW) retired Army Master Sergeant Joe Ramirez was looking forward to celebrating his 89th birthday when the Houston resident was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

Indonesia

Serving Communities Down Under: ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist Solo Bengawan Lions Club

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Serving Communities Down Under: ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist Solo Bengawan Lions Club

Like most Lions around the world, the Lions in CA VII have performed some incredibly impressive and generous service in their communities. Several years ago, the CA VII Lions and leaders decided that these outstanding service projects should be shared and celebrated. So, a local award to recognize outstanding service projects was created. They called it the Top Club Service Award. This award began in FY18-19 under then Global Service Team Area Leader Past International Director Tony Benbow.

New Zealand

ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist Opunake Lions Club

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ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist Opunake Lions Club

A little over two years ago, the Opunake Lions Club began researching information to create a loop track around their township for walking and biking. The club had previous experience with this kind of service project as they have been involved with the formation and maintenance of a small walking track in town for more than 40 years. This track is commonly referred to as the Opunake Lions Walkway, and the club now wanted to extend it into a loop more than double its current length. This new loop would total 9 kilometers and cross over streets, private land and council-controlled reserves. After much research, the club felt that, with community support, this project was within its capabilities.

Australia

ANZI Top Club Service Award Winner Denman Lions Club

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ANZI Top Club Service Award Winner Denman Lions Club

Throughout 2019, southeastern and eastern Australia experienced a horrible drought. The Denman Lions saw farming families in their community and surrounding areas struggling and wanted to do something to help.

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*Please note: This is not a submission for district funding. District GAT members looking to submit stories for funding should visit the District Funding Webpage.