Help Lions Help Others Through LCIF A young girl in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is happy after receiving new glasses from Fargo Lions in North Dakota on a mission supported by LCIF. Joni and I are Lions, but we’re parents, too. So it was very gratifying for us when we recently visited a primary school in Nairobi, Kenya, and watched as more than 300 lovely children received vision screenings. Joni and I then had the privilege of giving eyeglasses to the children that needed them. I’m not sure who was smiling more—the children or us. You can smile with pride, too, because the screenings were made possible by LCIF. And LCIF’s remarkable service is made possible by Lions such as yourself. I almost didn’t want to tell about this project in Kenya. You may get the wrong idea about LCIF. Kenya is probably not anywhere near you. You may think, “Oh, yes, LCIF helps people far away from here, in undeveloped nations.” I am proud that LCIF indeed helps people in dire need in impoverished places. Working through LCIF, Lions restore sight, protect people against measles and help disaster victims get back on their feet and so much more. But our Foundation also helps millions of people in developed nations. It’s active perhaps in your own community or likely a community near you. As just a few examples, LCIF recently awarded $100,000 to Lions in Colorado to provide vision screening equipment to the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, $75,000 to Lions in Ohio to equip a handicapped-accessible playground and $100,000 to Lions in Toronto, Canada, to provide equipment to a Lions eye care center. LCIF is Lions’ tool for serving on a larger scale than clubs can do on their own. Think of LCIF as a logical extension of the Lions’ model. We join a club because our service is more valuable when we unite with like-minded others. We support LCIF because our funds go a lot further when put into a common pool. Through LCIF, we help each other help others. We can and do provide services that governments and other civic groups are not able to. Please take a few minutes to read the full story about LCIF in this issue. If you have any doubts about the value of being a Lion or don’t quite grasp the scope and reach of Lions’ service, this story will swell your pride in being a Lion. One sure way to Strengthen the Pride is to better understand who we are and what we do. Now that’s something to smile about. Joe Preston Lions Clubs International President
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