Give Peace (Posters) a Chance “If we are to teach real peace in this world … we shall have to begin with the children,” Mahatma Gandhi once said. Since 1988, more than 4 million children in nearly 100 countries have expressed their visions for a world free of war through LCI’s Peace Poster Contest. When the 29th annual contest kicks off on Jan. 15 with the theme “A Celebration of Peace,” your club can help children ages 11 to 13 share this hopeful message by sponsoring the contest in your community. Mixing a Palette for Success Lion Charlotte Williams is in her fourth year as the Peace Poster chairperson for District 26 M1 in Missouri. By working closely with clubs, the school district and art teachers, the contest has strong participation and support. Williams offers some helpful hints. • “I made a checklist up for clubs to use before mailing their entries to me. It includes key reminders about the rules and guidelines for mailing. • “Last year I ordered the Peace Poster Tabletop Exhibit [available in the United States only] from headquarters. Each school displayed the exhibit, and the art teachers said that it really helped with student participation. • “We decorate our hall and hold a spaghetti dinner recognition event where we display the entries and give out prizes and certificates. It’s a fun night, and the students feel important. One tip: we check the school calendar before scheduling our celebration.” Why I’m a Peace Poster Contest Chairperson “This amazing program gets Lions to connect with schools. When youths can see what Lions do to enhance the community and engage others, maybe they will pay it forward. And Lions are enabling students to unfold their voices through art and be heard. What better way to hear what they have to say!” –April Young, Bonney Lake Lions, Washington Get Started: Order a Kit Order your Peace Poster Contest kit from Jan. 15 to Oct. 1 from Club Supplies Sales at International Headquarters by calling 630-571-5466 or 800-710-7822 (U.S. and Canada only) or at lcistore.org. Remember the Rules Following the rules helps ensure a special and fun experience for all who participate. Find the complete list in the kit and at lionsclubs.org. Here are a few reminders from the most frequently asked questions received at headquarters. • Artwork must be no smaller than 13” by 20” and no larger than 20” by 24.” • Posters must have no letters, numbers or items glued, stapled or attached in any way. • Artists must be ages 11 to 13 as of Nov. 15. • One entry of original artwork allowed per student per year. • Winner sticker on the back of entry must be complete. Just a Click Away: LCI Resources Find a sample press release, a promotional video, a list of key dates and view all of the grand prizewinning posters at lionsclubs.org. Digital LION Past Peace Poster Contest winners reflect on how the experience impacted their lives (Sept. 2012 LION) at lionmagazine.org. Watch the 2014-15 Peace Poster video.
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