Leading for Life
Leo clubs provide young people with an opportunity for development and contribution - individually and collectively - as responsible members
of their local, national and international communities.
Leo Club Motto
LEADERSHIP: Leo members acquire skills as project organizers and motivators of their peers.
EXPERIENCE: They discover how teamwork and cooperation can bring about change in their community and the world.
OPPORTUNITY: Leos develop positive traits and receive recognition for their contributions.
For Young People Who Care
Leo clubs are open to young people with good character who have an interest in serving their communities. Youth interested in joining a Leo
club can use the Club Locator ( https://directory.lionsclubs.or/?language=EN ) tool to find a Leo club in their community and visit the Leos
section ( http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/leos/index.php ) in our Member Center for more information.
Make a Difference - Sponsor a Leo Club
Connections to young people can bring new energy to a Lions club and increase Lions visibility in the community. Through Leo club
sponsorship, Lions have a unique opportunity to mentor potential community leaders and recruit future Lions club members. Learn
more about sponsoring a Leo Club (http://members.lionsclubs.org/EN/leos/leo-club-sponsors/index.php ) in the Leos section of our
Youth Camp and Exchange Chairpersons are able to use the new directory in order to establish direct contact with chairpersons in other districts
and multiple districts. To update or include your camp or chairperson details in the directory, please submit the Annual District/Multiple District
Youth Camp and Exchange Report form sent to all district governors and council chairpersons in July/August) to the Youth Programs Department.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lions Youth Camp and Exchange Program brings the ideal of global citizenship to life. Unlike some youth exchange programs, the
Lions program does not involve academic studies or employment. Instead, the Lions Youth Camp and Exchange Program provides young people
with a unique opportunity to participate in everyday life in another culture. All participants in a Lions Youth Camp or Exchange must:
Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art
contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly
100 countries have participated in the contest.
To get involved in - Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible
handling. Please note the deadline to purchase kits is October 1 each year. For details and to view the winning posters, contact the Public Relations
Department at International Headquarters or visit the Lions Web site:
Promoting the Arts
Each year's contest consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint,
to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists' life experiences and culture.
Spreading Peace and International Understanding
Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared
globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.
Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme.
Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth,
education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.
International winners will be notified on or before February 1.
Children in Focus
Please visit the associations Web site (www.lionsclubs.org) to become familiar with information for Lions Services for Children chairpersons. Please access the following link: www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/youth_outreach_lscchair.shtml
Lions Services for Children brochure (IAD-303) gives an overview of the program and encourages Lions participation through assessment of serious needs and development of projects with specific goals in the areas of health and education. You can download the brochure at the following link: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/pdfs/iad303.pdf
Lions Services for Children Community Needs Assessment (IAD-304) can help a club or district to determine the services that would most benefit local children living in adverse circumstances. This easy-to-use form will also help to identify various opportunities for collaboration with individuals and organizations to meet the health and educational needs of children. You may download the form at the following link: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/pdfs/iad304.pdf
Lions/UNICEF School-in-a-Box Program can help children in areas where schooling has been disrupted by wars, disasters and other emergencies. Using a locally developed teaching guide, curriculum and school supplies, teachers can establish temporary classrooms almost anywhere, thus ensuring childrens access to educational services in times of crisis. Each box costs approximately US$190, and donations can be sent to: Lions Clubs International Foundation, 300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842 USA.
School-in-a-Box Banner Patch: For a donation totaling US$500 or more in each fiscal year, a Lions or Leo club, district or multiple district will be recognized with a School-in-a-Box banner patch. For each subsequent annual donation of US$500 or more, the club, district or multiple district will receive a dated chevron banner patch. For more information, download the fact sheet and banner patch application:
Vision and Hearing Screenings
Lions are encouraged to partner with schools, clinics, eye care organizations and community groups to sponsor free vision and hearing screenings. The screenings do not replace a doctors exam, but they are a valuable means to help identify children who may be experiencing vision or hearing impairment, or who are at risk for eye disease. Lions are also encouraged to provide screenings at community district and multiple district events. For more information, see the following links:
Vision screenings: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/vision_services_screenings.shtml
Hearing screenings: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/programs_hear_screen.shtml
The Hadley School for The Blind
The Hadley School for the Blind, one of Lions Clubs Internationals partners, is the largest worldwide distance educator of blind and visually impaired people, their families and blindness service professionals. Hadley offers classes free of charge to its blind and visually impaired students and their families and affordable tuition classes to blindness professionals. There are more than 100 courses offered in Braille, large print, cassette and online. Hadley serves more than 10,000 students annually in 100 countries. For more information, visit www.hadley.edu
Camp Information Needed!
Lions Clubs International is updating its listing of camps that are affiliated with Lions in their service to children and/or adults who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing, who have diabetes or general disabilities. If you have not already done so, please forward to the Health & Childrens Services Department a list of the Lions-supported camp(s) in your district, so that we may post this information on the LCI Web site.
Lions Assistance Program Builds Teamwork
Lions Emergency/Non-Emergency Assistance (previously known as Lions Serving Humanity) is a web-based location for the exchange of volunteer services and materials for emergency and nonemergency Lions projects. This is an effective way for Lions to communicate, enabling them to: volunteer or request assistance for medical, dental or eye care missions; offer a donation of needed supplies; collaborate on projects for children in need; volunteer to help re-build a home or school destroyed by a natural disaster; and more. With teamwork, Lions can accomplish even more. If you would like to volunteer your help, donate resources, or request assistance for a Lions emergency or non-emergency project, please access the following link: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/lions_assistance.shtml
Certificate of Achievement: At the conclusion of the fiscal year, the district governor may present an award certificate to the Lions Services for Children chairperson for outstanding leadership in promoting and supporting projects for children in adverse circumstances. For more information, see the Lions Services for Children Chairperson Web page at www.lionsclubs.org
Lions Learning Center: offers free online courses to enhance skills for a successful leadership role. Youll find many topics, including setting goals, developing effective teams, providing community service and public relations, just to name a few. For more information: http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/resources_learning_center.shtml
Lions Newswire: stay up to date with the latest Lions information, announcements and program information.
Public Relations Tools: contain fill-in-the-blank press releases, public service announcements (PSAs) print ads and other tools to promote your projects and activities.
Stay in Touch!
The objective of the Children in Focus newsletter is to provide you, our district chairpersons, with information and program updates to assist you in your leadership roles. If you have an idea or suggestion for future issues, please let us know. We would also appreciate receiving news and photos about any successful childrens projects in your club or district that we may share with other Lions involved in serving the needs of underprivileged children. Your news and comments will be welcomed at: email@example.com. Also, remember to send us your current contact information, so that you may continue to receive this newsletter and other important announcements throughout the year.
Children in Focus newsletter is published by: Health & Childrens Services Department The International Association of Lions Clubs 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, Illinois 60523-8842
For more information: Phone: 630-571-5466 Marilee Kadar, Manager, ext. 6867 Debbie OMalley, Coordinator, ext. 6768 Fax: 630-571-1692 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org