It’s no secret that Lions are active in their communities. But because of the online activity report results submitted by 15,579 clubs for 2008-09, Lions now know just how busy they are performing a multitude of good works all over the world. And they are, indeed, staying active in a number of ways. Club secretaries are helping share valuable information not only about their activities, but also about the Lions who give so freely of their time to help others. The numbers tell a stunning story of service: the average Lions club gave 819 volunteer hours in the community. That’s more than a month’s worth—34 days— of members’ time given. An estimated worldwide total of 37 million hours of volunteer service was rendered by 45,645 clubs in 2008-09. Recycled eyeglasses have helped millions of people see clearly. The clubs providing information indicated that their combined collections allowed 11,687,646 used eyeglasses to be put into use in areas of need around the world. Additionally, more than 7,000 hearing aids were collected and recycled. Perhaps one of the most revealing discoveries is how many men, women and children benefit from Lions clubs activities. More than 353,096,667 million people have been positively affected by the reporting clubs. A total of 757,831 Lions participated in 165,338 reported service projects. Multiply this number several times and imagine the impact Lions are having worldwide. The most common denominator shared by all clubs, however, is community service. Nearly 30 percent (49,058) of all clubs reported that hometown projects were the top activity, with youth services second at 22.5 percent. The reporting clubs stated that more than 37,300 projects were youth-related. Projects involving sight awareness were the third most popular activity among clubs submitting online reports. A total of 27,732 activities, or 16.7 percent, were related to sight, showing that Lions still remain true to Helen Keller’s plea to be “Knights of the Blind.” As the reports show, some activities, such as eyeglass recycling, are more popular in the United States. Lions are indeed thinking locally when responding to community needs, while also actively pursuing the larger mandate of sight awareness on every level—community, country and internationally.
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