LIONS CORNER: Local club helps in many ways

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 14:35

Your local Lions Clubs are four of over 45,700 Lions Clubs actively serving their communities in 210 countries and geographical areas of the world. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization. Its 1.4 million members are dedicated to bettering the quality of life for the handicapped, the poor, the sick and the aged. The motto of Lions Clubs International is “We Serve,” “Where there is a need there is a Lion,” and Lions live these mottos with enthusiasm.

A Lions Club is not a fraternal, social or political organization. It is a group of civic-minded men and women who have banded together to do the things they cannot do alone. Lions are willing and anxious to give their time, energy and resources in service to others.

A person is rewarded in Lionism by the pleasure and satisfaction of serving others; by improving the community in which he or she lives; and by endeavoring to leave the world a better place than he or she found it. The rewards are in direct proportion to the effort expended. By investing time and effort in club activities, a person receives dividends in new friendships, new status in the community, a new awareness of God’s many blessings, and a heart-warming sense of fulfillment from doing something good for others. A Lions Club is a medium through which all of these things are available to reputable men and women of good will.

Local determination

The genius of Lionism is that the local club has complete autonomy in determining its area of service within its own community. In addition to their own local projects and charities, Lions Clubs join with other Lions throughout the world to help people in need. The Lions Clubs of District 49 support many activities throughout our State and World.

LCI Foundation

Lions throughout the world join together in supporting the Lions Clubs International Foundation. LCIF provides funds for relief from disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and terrorist attacks. Such relief is administered by the local Lions District. LCIF also provides funds to aid in the construction of hospitals, clinics, schools and other humanitarian projects that are beyond the means of the local Lions Club and its community.

LCIF funded the development of the school curricula known as “Lions Quest Skills for Growing,” “Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence” and “Lions Quest Skills for Living.” These curricula provide elementary, middle and high school students with study programs to teach them proper decision making skills and how to improve relationships with parents, teachers, other adults and with their peers. The aim of these programs is to point children toward a wholesome, productive lifestyle and away from drugs. Lions District 49A assists schools and Lions Clubs in obtaining training for teachers of Lions Quest courses. All the hard work of Lions across 49A, $135,000 was raised in 6 weeks to ensure this program was implemented into the Anchorage School District for the 2017-2018 school year. Local Lions attended school with the Middle School teachers the last week of September in preparation of starting this program in Anchorage schools.

The Lions SightFirst program, initiated in 1990, is funded and coordinated through LCIF. Approximately 80% of the world’s 45 million blind suffer from preventable or reversible conditions. In its first ten years, SightFirst funded 485 projects in 75 countries at a cost of over $100 million. These projects resulted in major progress toward eliminating preventable and reversible blindness throughout the world.

Hearing and Speech Action

The Hearing and Speech Action program provides information to the clubs about hearing loss, coordinates the collection and renovation of used hearing aids and provides hearing aids for underprivileged children.

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Lions of District 49A provide Leader Dogs for blind people. These dogs and the blind person’s training to use the dog are provided at no charge to the blind person through Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, Michigan.

PTSD Dogs for Veterans

Lions across District 49A have come together and raised over $85,000 in less than one year to assist in the expenses of PTSD dogs for Veterans through Midnight Sun Service Dogs.

Sight Conservation

This District program assists local Lions Clubs in providing eyeglasses for needy children and in other sight conservation efforts. It also handles the collection of used eyeglasses for recycling.

Lions World Services for the Blind

Lions World Services for the Blind, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is an adult rehabilitation center that seeks to provide functional independence for visually impaired people. It serves approximately 200 people per year from various states and foreign countries.

Diabetic Day Camp

Lions of District 49A support the American Diabetes Association in their summer day camp program for diabetic children and their siblings. Camp K is a huge event every your on the Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing.

Lions Clubs International Objects

TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.

TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.

TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.

TO ENCOURAGE service minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

To learn more about becoming a Lion please visit www.lionsclub.org, www.sleepingladylions.org www.eagleriverlions.org. Visit us on Facebook for information on upcoming events. Please call me, past district governor Karen Burns, at (907) 242-1129.

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