Lions Love Veterans.

Lions International has announced the extension of the Involve a U.S. Veteran pilot program through June 30, 2016. This program waives the charter or entrance fee
for U.S. Veterans joining a Lions Club in the United States.
Eligible veterans include retired U.S. military personnel or honorably-discharged members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy, or Reserves. Those currently serving in the National Guard or Reserves are also eligible.
Lions Clubs International will provide an entrance fee waiver of $25 ($30 for charter members) to qualified U.S. veterans who join a local Lions club. Veterans have made so many great contributions and sacrificed so much to serve our country. As service members return home from serving in the military, let’s offer them an opportunity to get involved in their communities.
Visit the Involve a U.S. Veteran web page through www.lionsclubs.org to download a fact sheet, promotional flyer, certification form and a sample press release.

A Note from District Governor Allen

ALL HANDS ON DECK

Peace, Hope, Determination, Teamwork, and Uniting People through services are central elements of the 2015-2016 Lions International Presidential theme —

DIGNITY, HARMONY, HUMANITY.
Dignity though Humanitarian service!
One of the basics of human dignity and self-respect is the ability to provide for one’s self and one’s family. Yet millions of people face the future with little
hope of bettering their lives and caring for their children. Making a difference through service to children will be a main focus area this year.
International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada’s goal is to strengthen and/or expand existing programs through the Children’s Dignity
Initiative. All Lions are encouraged to expand service to children in many ways including:
1. Supporting and brightening the outlook of children in hospitals.
2. Responding to the needs of children in refugee camps.
3. Addressing the needs of hungry children.
4. Continuing and expanding the Reading Action Program.
Additional info about the Children’s
Dignity initiative is available by visiting

Lions Services for Children Symposium, Centennial Celebration Membership Awards and more.

Empowering Youth to Serve

youth-resized.jpgIn the month of August, Lions are encouraged to focus their Centennial Service Challenge activities around Engaging Our Youth. Young people have the power to affect change alongside Lions if given the opportunity. The key to youth engagement is to empower them to have a voice in the decision making process. Consider recruiting a team of students to plan a youth forum to share their views on community needs. Invite Leos to sit on a youth-led grant-making committee that will use a portion of club funds to award selected local youth projects. For more ideas or to share your youth-engagement service stories, please contact programs@lionsclubs.org.

Invite Your Club to Join the Centennial Service Challenge

children-resized.jpgLions all over the world are kicking it into high gear to help us reach our Centennial Service Challenge goal of benefitting 100 million people. Looking for a way to get involved? Consider hosting a Children’s Dignity Week project this August 30 – September 5. Children’s Dignity Week is a special service event dedicated to elevating the dignity of children in your community and around the world. Plus, your club will be eligible to receive special Centennial recognition when you host a qualifying service project. Visit the Children’s Dignity Week page for more information and start planning your project today!
Promote Youth Leadership Development

August 12th marks the United Nations’ International Youth Day. 2015’s theme is “Youth Civic Engagement.” In a world of adult concerns, young people often lack opportunities to engage politically, economically and socially in their communities. The Leo Club Program aims to change this dynamic by helping youth become leaders. Through the Leo Leadership Grant Program, districts and multiple districts are eligible to receive funding for Leo leadership events. Learn how to apply and promote leadership development among Leos in your area.

International President: Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada’s Theme

International President 2015-2016

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, and a member of Minokamo Lions Club, is the 2015-2016 President of Lions Clubs International Every year, thousands of small cranes cross over the Himalayas at an altitude of 8000 meters for their seasonal migration. These demoiselle cranes are the smallest crane species, and their survival during this grueling migration depends upon the cooperation, teamwork, family structure,and harmony between every member of the flock.
In Japan, the crane has traditionally been a symbol of long life. In the Japanese art of origami, the crane is the most basic form that all children learn how to make. The custom of folding origami cranes is a meditative act that shows the heartfelt wishes of friends and family for the ill to become well again. The crane has also become known as a symbol of peace not only in Japan, but around the world. Peace, hope, determination, teamwork, and uniting people through service are central elements of the 2015- 2016 presidential theme Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.

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In More Places Than Any Other Service Club Organization

From Lions Clubs International:
When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In over 200 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges
that go beyond borders. We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That’s why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks, and eyeglass recycling. Providing eye care services to those at risk of losing their sight, and raising donations through campaigns like SightFirst and SightFirst II.

We believe everyone deserves a healthy life. From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, Lions
volunteers are working to improve the health of children and adults around the world. We empower the next generation. Whether it’s providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people. We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and
service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environmental programs improve our communities — and protect the environment. When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. Our volunteer projects unite Lions around the world. And our work is unconditional. We aren’t limited by continents or restricted to certain causes. Lions help wherever, whenever, and however we
can.