Lions Clubs International holds its annual convention in Busan,Korea

By Sultan Jessa

mhintzmanatlciMembers of Lions Clubs International including those from Cornwall, Eastern Ontario and Ottawa area will be heading to South Korea for an important event. This event is the 95th annual convention in Busan, Korea of Lions Clubs International. During the recent visit to Korea, I heard a lot about preparations being made in Korea to welcome Lions from around the world.

This year is going to be a big year for Korea. The World Expo 2012 is also being held in Korea. The international convention is the Lions Clubs International’s premier event for all worldwide members. This convention will begin on June 22 and continue until June 26, 1012.

“Spanning five full days, we have planned for a great and memorable event in a fabulous location,” a member of the Lions Club in Busan said. “This convention will bring together Lions from all over the world to celebrate, fellowship and to learn new fundraising ideas.”

Busan is a port city with its endless emerald sea. It is a paradise for seafood lovers and an exciting destination where visitors can enjoy the vibrant Korean culture all in one spot. Among top attractions in Busan are the marine sports beach of Haeundae, the movie district centered near Busan’s International Film Festival Square, the 1300 year old Buddhist temple Beomeosa, and brilliant night views from the Diamond Bridge.

There are many mineral spas located inside Busan Shinsegae Centum City, the world’s largest department store. Visitors will be able to view and experience traditional Korean wedding ceremonies or the making of kimchi, a well-loved Korean fermented cabbage dish.

Joseph L. Wroblewski, the past international president and chair of the convention, said the international convention offers a once-a-year opportunity to gather together to discuss the important topics of the day that will shape the future of their association as they forge new friendships along the way. “I warmly invite each of you to the 95th Lions Clubs International Convention in Korea’s cultural capital of Busan and look forward to seeing you there,” Wroblewski said.

Lions Clubs protecting local communities

Lions Clubs protecting local communitiesLions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.3 million members in 46,000 clubs spanning 206 countries and geographic areas. Lions Clubs are composed of men and women who volunteer their time by dedicating themselves to helping and serving others in need, and ultimately helping to make communities better and safer places to work, live and raise families.

The local Lions Clubs in District 4-C4 which includes approximately 42 Lions Clubs from San Francisco to Palo Alto have now developed a new program to not only “serve” the public, but now to “protect and serve” the public, as well as the members in our own Lions Clubs, as well.

The new program being implemented is named, “Operation Guardian Angel.” Lions District 4-C4 obtained grants for the purchase of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) from both the Sequoia Healthcare District and the Peninsula Health Care District. In addition to the grants, Lions District 4C4 is working with both of these agencies to help provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic AED training to our Lions volunteers at little to no cost.

During large community events sponsored by various Lions Clubs who work to help raise funding for local charities, schools, homeless programs, etc., what could the Lions Clubs do if a member of the public was to suffer immediate cardiac arrest? Local emergency services do an outstanding job responding to medical emergencies, but minutes and seconds can save lives or even prevent permanent brain damage.

Our new program “Operation Guardian Angel” will now provide the availability in each of the 4 Regions within the Lions District 4-C4, with an AED which will be made mobile and taken to large Lions sponsored community events by a Lions Volunteer trained in the use of CPR and the AED. In the event of a medical emergency, a trained Lions volunteer can, if necessary (and prior to the arrival of emergency services), provide life saving CPR or use the AED to aid the citizen or even a fellow Lions volunteer who might be stricken when volunteering at the event.

District 4-C4 Governor Esther Lee, her District Cabinet officers and every single Lions Club member within San Francisco County, San Mateo County and the city of Palo Alto not only adhere to our Lions organization motto, “We Serve,” but are now taking our service and commitment to our communities a step further to now “Protect and Serve” those who we help and support.”

All of the clubs in Lions District 4-C4 thank both local health care districts for their generosity and sharing our Lions vision to help and protect the citizens in every community we serve in, but also to help protect our Lions volunteers who work so hard serving others in need.

Lions Clubs International 2012 Rose Parade Float

2012 Lions Clubs Rose Parde Float Patch



Once again the Lions Club will be featuring a float in the Rose Parade in Pasadena. The 2012 float will be called “A World At Peace”. Construction is already well under way with decorating set to begin in December. More Information will be revealed as the parade nears additional photos can be found at:





ons Clubs International 2012 Rose Parade Float

2012 Float Test Drive

The Gates Foundation has awarded LCIF $5 million

By Russell Sarver Past international director of Lions Clubs International

Russell Sarver is a Past international director of Lions Clubs InternationalLions Clubs do great work locally and around the world. Below are some examples of what has been accomplished.

Update of measles initiative: Since joining the measles initiative last year, Lions Clubs International Foundation, in a collaborative effort with several leading organizations to eliminate measles, have vaccinated the one-billionth child for measles. Since 2001, the World Health Organization estimates that measles has been reduced by 78 percent. In 2009, almost 900,000 African children died from measles; and in 2010, 164,000 died from measles.

The Gates Foundation has awarded Lions Clubs International Foundation $5 million for the program this year, by matching every $2 that LCIF raises with $1, and they have set a combined goal of providing $15 million toward this initiative.

Lions Clubs making impact in South Asia: Lions helped to raise more than $200 million during Campaign SightFirst II in donations and pledges. These funds already are having a great impact around the world, including South Asia. To date, in South Asia, the program has helped to fund 112 projects totaling $16.9 million. These funds are being used to upgrade or expand 72 clinics and hospitals, provide 496,200 cataract surgeries, and train 96 midlevel ophthalmic personnel. In addition, one eye hospital will be constructed and equipped, and one multiple district diabetic retinopathy program, including equipment and training, has been completed.

LCIF awards grants: At the recent international board of directors meeting in Hong Kong,  55 grants were awarded, totaling $4.09 million and benefiting 915,778 individuals. This includes $1.19 million for the Special Olympics Opening Eyes program.

River blindness eliminated in Colombia: Since 2004, SightFirst has been a contributing partner in the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program (River Blindness) of the Americas, which works to end river blindness in Latin America. As a result of work done in these areas, it is announced that Colombia is now free from river blindness.

LCIF providing famine relief in Africa: Right now, famine is threatening the lives of millions of people in Africa. As always, Lions are bringing aid to the people affected by this disaster. LCIF has approved a $15,000 grant to support famine relief. Lions in Kenya also collected $10,000, and our members around the world are rallying to help. Lions in Sweden are donating $77,000; a Lions Club in Germany has pledged to collect $7,100; and Lions from Ethiopia are also taking part in relief efforts.

National White Cane Safety Day

White Cane DayThe Greencastle Lions and Lioness Clubs will team up Friday, Oct. 14 to raise funds for local sight projects through the White Cane Project. Members will be located at Tower Bank, Sunnyway Foods, Sunnyway Diner, Family Restaurant and Mikie’s Ice Cream throughout the day and evening.
The White Cane concept began with James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol, England.  In 1921, he became blind following an accident.  Because he was uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home, he painted his walking stick white to be more easily visible.  In 1930, George Bonham, president of the Peoria Lions Club in Illinois, introduced the idea of a white cane with a red band as a means of assisting the blind in independent mobility.  The Peoria Lions approved the idea.  White canes were made and distributed.  The Peoria City Council adopted an ordinance giving the bearers the right of way to cross the street.
News of the club’s activity spread quickly to other Lions Clubs throughout the United States.  Their friends, with visual handicaps, experimented with  the white canes. Overwhelming acceptance of the white cane idea by individuals, blind and sighted alike, quickly gave cane users a unique method of identifying their special needs for travel considerations among their sighted counterparts.
Today, White Cane Laws are on the books of every state in the US and many other countries, providing a person who is blind a legal status in traffic.  The white cane now universally acknowledges that the bearer is blind.
To make the American people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and the need for mororists to exercise special care for the person who carries it, on Oct. 6, 1964, the US Congress approved a resolution authorizing the President of the US to annually issue a proclamation designating Oct. 15 as National White Cane Safety Day.
The Greencastle Lions and Lioness clubs look forward to community support of this fundraiser. All donations received will be used toward local sight projects.

Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act – Update

Senator Jerry MoranIn recognition of our 100th Anniversary in 2017, LCI is leading efforts to mint 400,000 silver dollars. This is the first step to commemorate our centennial – while raising millions to support our global mission areas for the visually impaired, disabled, youth and those affected by disaster. Lions from all over the globe are exploring similar commemorative campaigns locally.

How much is a Lions silver dollar worth? Read the feature article in the September 2011 issue of the LION magazine.

In June, the “Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act,” S. 1299/H.R. 2139, was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Senator Jerry Moran, a Lion, and Congressman Peter Roskam thanks to Sandy Spring Lions Club, District 22-C, who formally proposed this opportunity to publicize our accomplishments and raise funds for the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Thanks to your efforts to contact our lawmakers, we’ve reached 39% of our goal in the U.S. House and 36% of our goal in the U.S. Senate. Congratulations to PDG David Orr and Lions of Wyoming, District 15, for securing all Wyoming House and Senate legislators as co-sponsors! Also, congratulations to the Pago Pago Lions Clubs, the Territory of American Samoa, for securing their sole Representative in the House as a co-sponsor.

113 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives




24 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate




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Lions in Australia Help Chart a New Course for Troubled Young People


Many of our members work on projects to meet the specific needs of youth – whether they’re at risk for vision loss or don’t have enough to eat. In Australia, Lions support a program that helps troubled young people chart a new course for their future.

We sent a film crew to Sydney to find out about a cruise that is unlike any other. The Aboriginal Cultural Cruise provides stunning views of the harbor. A look at aboriginal history and culture. And a journey of transformation and hope for many of the crew, who are part of the Lions’ Tribal Warrior project.

Thanks to a grant from LCIF, Tribal Warrior gives life changing opportunities to “at risk” youth. Rob Roberts, a member of the Redfern Waterloo Lions Club, told our video crew, “Tribal Warrior provides maritime training to a lot of disadvantaged Australians, with the emphasis on indigenous youth. Our kids are our future.  And we’ve got to look after them and nurture them.”

Lions Club Rap Video “Rockin’ the Vest”

Lions RapLions club members come together in this humorous hip hop video.
The lyrics focus on what wearing the yellow Lions club vest means to the community. Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization.

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Yo….Dial up that pacemaker G, I got something to say — the yellow vest posse – H. E. L to tha P. Comin ‘atchu now (the yellow vest posse)

Well you might see me cruising in my old folks ride
Blinkers been on since I got inside
You thinkin’ I’m a fogey, shuffleboardin’ old timer
But I’m a Lions clubs member, and a really good rhymer

You know I dress to impress, fly as I can be
Wear my yellow vest wheneva’ doin’ good deeds
I might kick it in the park, bent ova’ plantin’ trees
Or go collectin’ eyeglasses to help the kiddies see

Lions clubs! Lions clubs! No time for rest!
Lions clubs! Lions clubs! We be rockin’ the vest!
Lions clubs! Lions clubs! Straight up and doin’ more!
Lions clubs! Lions clubs! Lemme hear you roar! (Lions clubs yeah…come on)

Ballin’ in my driveway, I might look pretty lame
But I’m a mac-daddy neighbor, volunteering is my game
I can mend a broken sump pump, know how to dig a stump up
Pruning shears in my hand, I make yo’ rhodo-den-dron jump up

See I got skills to amaze you
Fall down I’m gonna raise you
You got a dry turkey sandwich?
I mayonnaise you (Oh yeah…I’m making your sandwiches)

Lions clubs! Lions clubs! No time for rest!
Lions clubs! Lions clubs! Stone cold rockin’ the vest!
Lions clubs! Lions clubs! Philanthropic to the core!
Lions clubs! Lions clubs! Back up we’re gonna roar!

If rappin’ is what it takes to get our message out
Then I’ll put my gums in motion, let my words be flowin’
You got a flag football team? [blows whistle] I start coachin’
(Yeah. Flag football)

See I’m more than a guy out sellin’ raffle tickets
I feed the hungry, help the helpless, tell the selfish where to stick it
That’s why I’m thumpin my Lions club chest
Now it’s your turn to put on the yellow vest
(Yeah. What up Lion.)

Lions in India “Engaging Our Youth” with Festive Dance Competition


During August, clubs in 51 countries and geographic territories participated in our “Engaging Our Youth” Global Service Action Campaign. During the campaign, our members provided 160,000 service hours and served nearly 650,000 people worldwide. We received a photo of one of these projects from the Washim Lions Club via our Submit a Photo page.


In this photo, local students participate in a festive inter-school dance competition hosted by the club on August 15, 2011. The dance competition featured more than 700 student performers and attracted 5,000 spectators.