Pamela Mohr 2016-02-09 05:36:48
Centennial Legacy Projects: Build Your Community Legacy Legacies stand as reminders of who we are and how we live our lives. Since 1917 when Melvin Jones first helped people understand that they could accomplish a greater amount of good for others by joining together, Lions have been building their own legacies of service through humanitarian action. Hundreds of millions of lives made better or saved, 99 years of service, a membership of nearly 1.4 million men and women and more than 46,000 clubs around the world—this is the legacy of Lions Clubs International thus far. We’re now nearly one year away from reaching a milestone in the journey that began with one man who wanted to make a difference. And while we celebrate the approaching centennial by honoring all that Lions have accomplished, LCI is also simultaneously charting an ambitious course for the future. New and exciting tools are available to help every Lion and club participate in and publicize this thrilling once-in-a-lifetime centennial celebration. Legacy Projects are a hallmark of our celebration of a century of service. They’ll showcase the service efforts of clubs around the world as well as illustrate to communities how Lions are a global force for good—beginning right in their own hometowns. Legacy Projects aren’t a one-size-fits-all approach to service. Each of the three project levels offers visible, tangible ways for clubs to connect with their communities and beyond. Legacy Projects don’t have to be big, splashy or expensive. They’re scaled to size so that any Lions club can participate regardless of size or budget. Projects will guarantee positive publicity for your club and you’ll be joining in solidarity with clubs around the globe. • Level 1 Legacy Projects will raise your community visibility. Post new Lions signs, donate park benches, dedicate a statue or provide a park fountain. • Level 2 Legacy Projects are about giving back to the community. Give a gift that lasts—refurbish a park, build a footbridge over a heavily-traveled road, fund resources for the visually impaired, plant trees or donate a vehicle to a community organization that needs one. • Level 3 Legacy Projects are large-scale efforts. These include building a clinic, expanding a library or school, equipping a hospital or developing a training center to teach new work or life skills. Once your club has planned and carried out its Legacy Project, promote it. Visual affirmation shows how Lions get things done. If you donate a park bench, sponsor a public dedication ceremony for it. Display a plaque or sign with your club name affixed for every Legacy Project. Take a photo of a ribbon cutting, plaque installation or Lions working together on a project and post it on social media. Use the hashtag #Lions100 on all centennial posts. You may see your club featured on LCI’s social media channels or in LION Magazine if you do so. Contact local news and radio and television stations if you unveil a newly-rehabbed park or plant a forest full of trees. Whatever level Legacy Project you choose, publicize your club’s efforts. Use photos and video to show what Lions are accomplishing every day around the world. Visit Lions100.org to learn how to maximize your celebration efforts. Banner patches are available for both Legacy Projects and the Centennial Service Challenge. Report your Legacy Project using the MyLCI Service Activity Report under “Community and Culture” to earn one of these special recognitions. Fulfilling one of the four Centennial Service Challenges that began in June 2014 and end June 30, 2018—Hunger, Youth, Vision or the Environment—may also qualify to earn your club official Legacy Project recognition. Since it began, 68 million men, women and children have already benefited from Lions’ efforts to meet these four challenges. The goal of 100 million people served is within reach. Where There’s A Need, There’s a Lion Proclaim it proudly: Where’s There’s A Need, There’s a Lion. These few words are at the heart of LCI’s centennial celebration. You’ll see them everywhere. They will be emblazoned on specially-designed centennial commemorative merchandise available at the online LCI store on banners, posters, brochures and all promotional material. In addition to the hundreds of items already available for purchase, there are 25 new centennial-themed products, including apparel, club supplies and attractive jewelry for men and women. Lions100 Toolbox Clubs have a wealth of resources to access from LCI to maximize their centennial experience and promote club growth. Traveling exhibits, fliers, PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, videos, press releases and planning guides are just a very small part of what’s available to Lions. Commemorative coins and stamps will also be released. Check the Toolbox at Lions100.org regularly to see new materials and tools as they become available. Centennial celebration updates will also be published regularly in LION Magazine. Share the history of Lions with 100 Touchstone stories—a treasury of tales that cover the earliest days to the most significant events in Lions’ history. Find these stories and videos at Lions100 under the “Media” banner. Share them on your club’s website, Facebook page, newsletters and with community news organizations. Centennial Celebration Membership Awards Years of thoughtful preparation at LCI have helped launch this worldwide celebration with a multipronged approach. From tips to guidance to tools, everything a club needs to promote its activities and increase membership is available at Lions100.org. Click on the “Programs” banner and go to “Centennial Celebration Membership Awards.” Among the new awards for growth and member retention are Limited Edition Centennial Membership Awards, available to Lions who sponsor new members and charter new clubs. There will be progressive levels of awards in silver, gold and diamond. Melvin Jones wasn’t thinking about legacies in 1917. He simply wanted to help others. Commemorate the centennial by honoring that very principle that has guided Lions through a century of service. Continue building a legacy that creates a better world for people in need. Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion—always. Club Supplies has significantly discounted the retail price for Centennial highway signs, decals and bronze plaques in support of Centennial Legacy Projects. All of the centennial products are highlighted at Lions100.org and can be purchased at lcistore.org.
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