Serve to Conserve When Lions plant a sapling, they know they’re adding to the millions of oxygen-giving trees around the world that have taken root thanks to Lions. The connection Lions share worldwide is never more apparent than when they engage in environmental projects. Be part of the collective positive impact Lions are making on the planet during the Protecting Our Environment Centennial Service Challenge campaign in April. Plan for Success Pulling off a great green project calls for a few key steps, outlined in LCI’s Protecting Our Environment Planning Guide (find it in the Member Center at lionsclubs.org). 1. Create a Planning Committee When the Minneapolis Next Generation Lions teamed up with the Minneapolis Ambassador Lions in search of a community garden project, they created a team of three to lead the way and set realistic goals. “We wanted to be able to follow through. We thought the clubs could take turns with maintenance and not put too much pressure on either club,” says Next Generation Lion Ruth Warden. 2. Pick Your Project As the Minnesota Lions’ first environmental project, they wanted to take ownership and make a visible impact in a convenient location. After reviewing options with the Parks and Recreation department, the Lions found their perfect fit: the lovely Joan’s Memorial Garden at the foot of the historic Stone Arch Bridge, near a popular park path. 3. Publicize Your Project The Lions share their accomplishments on their Facebook page, but the project itself creates its own publicity. “Thousands of people walk and bike by every year. People stop and ask what we’re doing and what organization we are,” says Warden. 4. Implement Your Project The Lions were welcomed by a family who maintains the garden, and they all lend a hand regularly. The clubs also added a social component, points out Warden. “Scheduling the cleanups after work followed by a happy hour brings out the greatest attendance.” 5. Report Your Activity The Lions sought this project to contribute to the Centennial Service Challenge. Their MyLCI reporting adds to LCI’s goal of serving 25 million people through environmental projects. 6. Celebrate Your Success Every outing to Joan’s Garden is a celebration for the Lions. “We appreciate the opportunity to care for the garden and the conversations with people who pass by. We’re lucky to have such a great project to work on for the environment,” says Next Generation Lion Rob Rand. Centennial Service Eco-Challenge One-quarter of the Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people is dedicated to environmental protection projects. Take part in the urgent need to help improve the environment. Share your club’s project through MyLCI to be included in the centennial goal. Just a Click Away: LCI Resources Before planning a recycling project, community cleanup or environmental education campaign, visit LCI’s website for extensive resources, planning guides, project ideas and promotional materials. Calling All Nature Shutterbugs Do you love the outdoors and have a knack for capturing it on film? Share the beauty and wonder of the natural world through the LCI Environmental Photo Contest. Lions can enter an original photo for the 2015-16 contest by March 1. Find the entry form and see the current winners at lionsclubs.org.
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