As the third quarter of the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at our top posts of the past three months. Our post about International President Tam’s election was the most popular of the quarter.
Many readers also enjoyed reading about our convention in Seattle and our first ever Essay Contest winner. Posts about our disaster relief efforts in the U.S. and famine relief efforts in Africa also drew a great deal of reader interest.
Which post was your favorite? Leave a comment to let us know.
Lions around the world are actively involved with initiatives to improve the lives of kids. We have immunized more than 41 million children in Africa against measles. Now, we’re expanding our efforts to increase awareness about the importance of vaccinations for children through a partnership with the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign.
One child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. By encouraging Americans to learn about, advocate for and donate vaccines, the Shot@Life campaign will decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give children a shot at a healthy life.
Lions and LCIF have already made progress toward this goal with our Lions-Measles Initiative pilot program. In this video, you’ll learn more about our efforts to eliminate measles, the leading cause of childhood blindness, in Nigeria, Mali, Ethiopia and Madagascar.
Many of our members show their pride in being a Lion by displaying our logo on roadside signs – and in some very unique locations – around the world. We found this week’s photo in the Flickr Photostream of Rory Devane, the son of a lifelong Lions club member.
This photo shows a Lions club totem pole in Ueno Park in Tokyo. The totem pole features zoo animals from the nearby Ueno Zoo – including a Lion and our logo at the top.
Where is the most unusual location you’ve seen (or placed) the Lions club logo? Please leave a comment – or submit a photo – to let us know.
Our members are willing to do whatever it takes to make our communities better places to live. We recently sent a film crew to England to see how Lions there are providing household items – and hope – to people in need.
In Fleet, England, the Lions Community Store recycles household goods and appliances, and is a lifeline to people hit by hard times. The community store receives a range of donations from citizens, including furniture, dishes, clothing and mattresses.
Lions support the store, and work with social service agencies to identify people in need. Together with other volunteers, they make care packages, load furniture, and deliver the goods! Beverley Allardice, a volunteer at the store, told our film crew “In a month, it’s over 100 families, over 100 referrals. Of the 100, 40 have absolutely nothing. We give them everything. We’re filling their houses and flats.”
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.
If your club participated in the “Engaging Our Youth” campaign, please leave a comment to let us know about your project.
Our clubs are always looking for ways to improve their communities. Globally, we’re planting millions of trees to improve the environment, reduce erosion and provide habitats for wildlife. In Washington, the newly formed Normandy Park Lions Club cleared ivy from a local park as its first project.
The ivy was overgrown and started to absorb the soil’s nutrients, preventing resources from reaching the surrounding trees and other plants. Eight members of the club, along with members of the Burien Lions Club, spent more than six hours clearing the ivy and brush from Marine View Park.
In this video, you’ll see Lions in action cleaning up the park – and ending the afternoon with a mountain of ivy ready for composting.