District Governor Lion David Wilson (Filey) and our 1st female International President Lion Guðrún Yngvadóttir (Iceland)
“Thetta Reddast” – everything will work out!
History was made in Las Vegas with the swearing in of not only the 1st International President from Iceland but also International President Gudrun Yngvadottir being the 1st female International President our organisation has had in its 101 year history. She attended our District Convention in 2015 at Scotch Corner where some of you may have met her and heard her speak. She is a very inspiring speaker.
I will share her thoughts with you over the coming months but to start with I give you a quotation from her Inaugural speech whilst we were in school. “There is always an obstacle. Lions change obstacles into opportunities” – please give this some serious thought and action.
Whilst at the International Convention Lion Gudrun taught us all a special Icelandic phrase “Thetta reddast” which means that everything will work out, somehow, no matter how large a problem may be, through hard work, trust and community. Please also give this phrase some serious thought.
Lions serve the needs of their local communities and those in need further afield. Since our formation in Chicago in 1917 we have grown to 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs who perform community service in 210 countries. Our communities are different in many ways, but we share a core belief
COMMUNITY IS WHAT WE MAKE IT
You’ll find Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland – we have some 17,000 active members belonging to 900 local clubs. Every Lions Club supports a range of projects in its local community – including health and youth initiatives – where you can get involved. Every year, in Europe alone, Lions Clubs’ members volunteer around 6 million hours of service and raise £88 million to support the needs of local communities.
Club members are ordinary folk who are prepared to spend a little bit of their time helping others and having a bit of fun in the process. They give their time to run events that raise money to help those less fortunate than themselves whilst enjoying fun and fellowship. They meet regularly to plan their fund raising and social events and to agree which of the many requests for help they receive are most worthy of support from the limited funds they have available.
Be A Lion
People become Lions for many and varied reasons. For some it is the wish to put something back in to the community, for others it’s the desire to make a difference. Whatever your motivation for wanting to join Lions we would love to hear from you. There is no minimum time commitment required from members, but we all try our best to work our commitment to Lions around the demands of our family and work lives. Take a few minutes to read about all the projects we get involved with in the district and have a look for your local club who will be only too pleased to welcome you if you’d like to visit.
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Every day, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) works to fulfill our mission: “To support the efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving communities locally and globally, giving hope and impacting lives through humanitarian service projects and grants.”
Since our founding in 1968 we have strived to sustain Lions’ humanitarian service goals throughout the world, awarding over 12,000 grants totaling more than US$900 million, in the four key areas of sight, youth, disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts.
Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to helping others. As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian organization, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports Lions’ compassionate works by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts.
We help Lions serve
LCIF helps Lions improve peoples’ lives around the world, from combating vision problems to responding to major catastrophes to providing valuable life skills to youth. Because LCIF helps Lions carry out large-scale projects through our grant programs, Lions increase their impact in their local and global communities and serve even more people in need around the world.
Our funds come from individuals
Donations from 1.4+ million Lions in 210 countries and geographic areas provide the vast majority of the revenue received by LCIF, making the Foundation a leading humanitarian organization. Lions know their donations matter and that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives.
We form lasting and successful partnerships
LCIF leverages the donations we receive through effective partnerships with other foundations, corporations and governments on the local, national and international level. We are proud that LCIF was named the #1 non-governmental organization worldwide with which to partner, according to a 2007 Financial Times independent survey.
We have key areas of service
To support Lions’ mission of serving communities and meeting humanitarian needs, LCIF provides grants in these focus areas:
We make an impact
LCIF and Lions reach millions of people and accomplish visible results. Some of our accomplishments include:
- Preventing serious vision loss for more than 30 million people
- Providing over 153.3 million treatments for river blindness
- Engaging more than 13 million students and 600,000 educators in 90 countries in the youth development program Lions Quest
- Building or expanding 615 eye hospitals/clinics/wards
- Conducting more than 19 million vision screenings for children through Sight for Kids
- Providing vision screening for more than 350,000 Special Olympics athletes from 85 countries through Opening Eyes
Our impact last year
In fiscal year 2014-2015, we had a great impact in lives around the world through 530 grants totaling more than US$43 million. Some of our accomplishments included:
- 14,100 people helped through 141 disaster related grants
- 7 million people helped through 178 humanitarian grants
- 15 countries expanded Lions Quest through 35 Core 4 grants
- US$6,638,272 in grants supported the vaccination of millions of children against measles and rubella
- 44 SightFirst grants provided eye care services to more than 9 million people, improved 51 eye care facilities and/or trained 25,000 eye care professionals