Executive Summary – July 2019

INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING Reykjavik, Iceland April 3-6, 2019 AUDIT COMMITTEE The committee will continue to monitor and follow up on action plans. CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE Appointed International Director Dr. Datuk Naga to serve as the Coordinating Lion for the former District 301-A1 (Philippines) for fiscal year 2019-2020. Approved the formation of the […]

Smooth Sailing Service

Every spring Sea Cowboys, Awkward Turtles, Energy Pirates, Slovenian Sharks, and Hungarian Sea Lions line the coast of Croatia off the Adriatic Sea. These are just some of the creative names Lions have given their boats for the annual regatta organized by the District 126 Croatia Lions to raise money for prevention and rehabilitation programs […]

Finding Home

HOW A NEPALESE DIASPORA COMMUNITY IN CALIFORNIA FOUND THEIR ROOTS AGAIN IN LIONS. It was under a banyan tree that it all began. In the town where Rajen Thapa grew up in Eastern Nepal there was no football field, no tennis court, no swimming pool – just the banyan tree. In the evening, after they […]

In Bloom

Daffodil Day Brings Smiles with Spring For 56 years the Cecilton Lions in Maryland have marked the arrival of spring with Operation Daffodil. Their only mission: To make people smile. For the last 20 of those 56 years, Rose Miller and her husband, Cecilton Lion Jack Miller, have headed the project, monitoring the spring weather […]

Golf Ball Rescuers

Four years ago, Justin Hoving posed a question to his “Papa.” “What do you want to do today?” “Well, we could hunt for golf balls,” Sycamore [Illinois] Lion Joe Woodward suggested. And so 7-year-old Justin and his grandfather walked along the fence that separates the Sycamore Park District baseball diamonds from the back nine of […]

Sight for Kids, a Powerful Partnership

Sight for Kids, a Powerful Partnership Ben was 3 years old. He should have felt happy, inquisitive, and brave. Instead, he always seemed to have an angry expression on his face. He rarely smiled. In addition, he had delayed motor skills and difficulty walking; he would frequently run into things. He was frustrated and expressed […]

Club News – July 2019

In Pennsylvania, Boy Scout John E. Yaletchko III made wooden eyeglass collection boxes for the Avon Grove Lions as his Eagle Scout project. The boxes will be placed in various locations in the Avondale West Grove area to collect used glasses. In Michigan, the Almont Lions Club sponsored two Almont girls in Lions’ contests. Jenny […]

Annual Lions-anthem Volunteer Days Support Healthy Communities

Yarn has never served such a worthy purpose. Anthem Associates from southern California teamed up with the Camarillo Amber’s Light Lions Club from Camarillo, California, to make Disney-themed, soft yarn wigs for children with cancer. The Alaska-based non-profit, The Magic Yarn Project, is transforming the way pediatric cancer patients manage hair loss and cope with […]

Just For You

Just For You John Upp shares a little sunshine on Daffodil Day—the one day each spring when the Cecilton Lions in Maryland pick the flowers that bloom aplenty on his family farm, and share bouquets with the community’s shut-ins. Upp’s father is said to have started the Lion project 56 years ago, and this year […]

Anniversaries – July 2019

JULY 2019 100 Years: Quincy, Ill. 95 Years: Placerville, Calif.; Winchester Host, Va.; St. Louis South Side, Mo.; Hope, Kan.; Clintonville, Wis. 90 Years: Fredericksburg, Texas; Silver Spring, Md.; Belfast, Maine; Indiana, Pa.; Lubbock, Texas; South Buffalo-Lackawanna, N.Y.; Elburn, Ill. 85 Years: Carson City, Mich.; Williston, N.D.; Ellijay, Ga.; Hamakua, Hawaii; Front Royal, Va. 80 […]

Diversity Bridges All Divides

Creating Harmony Through Service With International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi We Serve all people in all places. Lions are a shining example to the world of the good that can be accomplished by uniting in harmony. We’re known for our strength and ability to help others—and this is only accomplished Through Diversity. Hard work. The […]

Let All Our Lights Brighten the Darkness

Greetings Lions! It is my great pleasure to address the Lion community for the first time as your International President. As we enter a new Lion year I have high hopes for us. My focus during my presidency is on fostering diversity in service. After all, there are more than 1.4 million Lions around the […]

School’s In For Summer

School’s In For Summer For two years Shivani Sharma, 8, (in purple, raising her hand) has attended a Nepalese School started by Lions. The school is a place for her to connect to her roots and meet others with the same cultural background. Here she’s learning how to combine the letters of the Nepalese alphabet […]

By the Numbers – July 2019

“I wanted a bright future along with other children. And if they only work in the field, the future wouldn’t be bright” —PDG Rajen Thapa, on why he made it his mission to convince parents in his Nepalese town to send their children to school. “The club president is the most crucial leadership position. We […]

Get to Know the GAT: Making it Easier to Make a Big Impact

Global Action Team (GAT) Connects Lions Around the World What is the GAT? In the world of Lions there are three letters with the ability to significantly enhance your and your club’s service impact: G. A. T. (Global Action Team). By now, you may have heard of the GAT, but maybe still don’t fully understand […]

A Duty to Give Back

International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi reveals a life that shaped him to serve. A man becomes a Lion When International President Dr. Jung-Yul Choi was a young businessman, he helped a milk boy who had spilled his day’s deliveries. The boy asked how he would pay Dr. Choi back. “You don’t need to pay me […]

From Boats to Blackboards

Shipping containers get second life as mobile classrooms for displaced people When the Syrian civil war came to a climax toward the end of 2014, a surge of people began to flee the intense bombings in the region. Lions were ready. For more than three years Lions in Turkey have partnered with Lions in Sweden […]

Nothing Fishy About this Idea

The Lions in Mt. Washington, Kentucky, host more than 30 fundraising fish fries a year, selling more than 15,000 pieces of fresh fish. For the people in their area south of Louisville that means there are multiple opportunities to get a good dinner while supporting a great cause. But for members of the Mt. Washington, […]

Paradise Is Not Lost

California’s catastrophic Camp Fire in November burned more than 150,000 acres, killing 86 people and destroying close to 20,000 structures. Thousands of people fled for their lives. It was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history. But one thing remains unable to be destroyed by flames. That’s hope, hope that altered lives […]

Lions Helping Lions

“How can clubs like the Paradise Host Lions keep going when it’s taking 100 percent of their energy to help the community?” asks Jackson [California] Lions Club President Mike Bohl. Well, the Lions will help them. In June, about seven months after the devastating fire in northern California, members of the Jackson Lions drove 135 […]