Fellow Lions, Leos & Bloggers,
Incoming International President Sid Scruggs has announced his theme “A Beacon of Hope.” He believes that by returning our Lions work into visible Community Service we will increase both the good we do for others, but also our membership as we become more visible. In order to do this, he is requesting all clubs do 5 things, all of which are designed to coordinate with his theme. Year long, each club should come up with a NEW signature service project, one which will be visible to the community and doesn’t necessarily involve donating dollars. Examples would be an annual health fair, food drive, volunteer project, or sponsorship of a community event. I’m sure that there are many others that your club can come up with to help encourage you in this regard. Additionally, he has set out his ideas for “2010-11 Global Service Campaigns” by suggesting an emphasis on 4 activities that we Lions do during the year to serve our communities. Many clubs do these already and I hope you continue to do them or give them a try.
AUGUST: Engaging our Youth. Invite Leos and youth in your area to help organize and participate in a service project. Project ideas may include school or community facility clean ups, a visit to a senior citizen’s home or children’s hospital. Allowing youth to develop and lead a service project enables them to learn skills while emphasizing the role of service.
OCTOBER: Sharing the Vision. Plan vision health projects and work with the visually impaired. Many Lions already celebrate World Sight Day in October and we already have “Thanksgiving for Vision” in October This is a great month to organize a vision screening, organize an eyeglass collection or an activity to benefit the visually impaired in your community.
DECEMBER/JANUARY: Relieving the Hunger. Organize food drives and projects to feed the hungry. With a downturn in the global economy, many relief organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with the demand. Help alleviate hunger by planning events around the end and beginning of the calendar year to collect and distribute food.
APRIL: Protecting our Planet. Implement projects that improve and protect the environment. Organize a highway clean up, plant trees, or plan a community “Earth Day” event to collect recyclables that are not ordinarily picked up such as batteries and used cell phones.
We are going to have a great year!! Thanks for all you do for Lionism!!
Lion DG Pat Brown
“Giving back through Lionism”
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