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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 

 

Learn how GAT has made an impact in the featured stories on the map below, or check out the Action=Impact Showcase for the Top 100 stories from the last year.

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.

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.

New Zealand

Oxford & Districts Lions Club Named ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist

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Oxford and Districts Lions Club Named ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist

Our next finalist for the ANZI Top Club Service Award is the Oxford & Districts Lions Club in District 202E New Zealand. The original idea behind this service project was to deliver parcels of food to those struggling during the COVID-19 lockdowns. These parcels included essentials but also specialty items, such as new potatoes, during the Christmas season. Unfortunately, an extended COVID-19 lockdown delayed the start of the project. But the club did not lose its inspiration to harvest in time for Christmas and the project began in May 2020.

Australia

Lions Club of Melbourne Next Gen Named ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist

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Lions Club of Melbourne Next Gen Named ANZI Top Club Service Award Finalist

Our first finalist showcased in this year’s awards is the Lions Club of Melbourne Next Gen in District 201V14 Australia, whose childhood cancer service project was motivated by a cub. This project, inspired by young Cub Davina, has grown from a small idea to a district-wide project with the help of the club members, First Vice District Governor (1FVDG) Harry Brindley and District GST Coordinator Lawrence Yau.

Indonesia

Jakarta Selatan Fun Urbana Lions Club Wins ANZI Top Club Service Award

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Jakarta Selatan Fun Urbana Lions Club Wins ANZI Top Club Service Award

The 2020-2021 winner of the ANZI Top Club Service Award is the Jakarta Selatan Fun Urbana Lions Club in District 307B1! As a new club with just 23 members, their diabetes service project touched the lives of nearly 16,000 individuals. Indonesia ranks number six among countries with the highest number of diabetes cases, with about 10.3 million people in 2020. It is expected that approximately 16 million people will be living with type 2 diabetes in Indonesia by 2030.

India

Lions COVID-19 Task Force Protects the Health of Its Community

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Lions COVID-19 Task Force Protects the Health of Its Community

As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across western India, Lions of District 3234 D2 decided to intervene. This time around, the effects of the deadly virus were more severe, disrupting many more lives in unimaginable ways. So they formed the Lions COVID-19 Task Force (LCTF) with a participation of more than 100 clubs, determined to improve the lives of those affected.

India

Lions Serving with HOPE in Their Hearts

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Lions Serving with HOPE in Their Hearts

In India’s Multiple District 324, the Lions leadership decided to put their clubs into motion by setting multiple district goals and developing a local recognition program. Joining forces with the Global Action Team (GAT), they coined the phrase “MD 324 sows HOPES,” an acronym of Lions Clubs International’s Global Causes, where “HOPES” represented Hunger, Optics (vision), Pediatric cancer, Environment & Sugar (Diabetes).

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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.