WHY LIONS MATTER MORE THAN EVER FOR 100 YEARS, LIONS HAVE SERVED. WE SAVE THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF SIGHT AND FEED FAMILIES STRUGGLING TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE. WE PROVIDE LIFE-SAVING VACCINES TO CHILDREN AND REBUILD COMMUNITIES DEVASTATED BY DISASTER. WE BRING HELP TO THE MOST VULNERABLE AND HOPE TO THOSE WHO STRUGGLE. WE CARE. WE MATTER. WE SERVE. Service is the reason we exist. It’s why we become Lions, and why we remain. Year by year, country by country, we have increased our global impact, saving lives and helping millions more around the world through the efforts of Lions and the support of our Foundation. And the world needs us now more than ever. That’s why we’ve set a goal of serving 200 million people a year by 2021—tripling our current humanitarian impact. It means we have to increase our service impact so we can help even more people around the world. It requires that we find a way to honor our first century of service while meeting the needs of the next. And it gives us the opportunity to develop a new global service framework that will complement all of the great ways Lions serve locally and guide us into the future. To develop a new global service framework, we looked at our history and the causes we have supported. We surveyed Lions and Leos around the world to identify the causes that are important to them and their communities. We looked at data to identify urgent global humanitarian needs and determine if Lions could help address them. After this comprehensive global assessment, we confirmed the need to continue supporting our long tradition of saving sight, fighting hunger and protecting our environment. But we discovered emerging needs that also require the help of Lions and Leos. FACING NEW GLOBAL CHALLENGES Diabetes is one of the largest global health emergencies of the 21st century. One in 11 adults has diabetes, leading to kidney disease, pregnancy complications, nerve damage and other major health complications, including sight problems. More than one third of all people affected by diabetes will develop diabetic retinopathy and risk severe vision impairment. It’s the eighth-leading cause of death in the world, resulting in more than 5 million deaths in 2015. And the number is expected to rise significantly by 2030 without increased awareness, new education initiatives and expanded screening and treatment programs around the world. The outlook for pediatric cancer is similarly grim. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children. Worldwide, a child is diagnosed with cancer every two minutes, yet more than 60 percent of the world’s children have little or no access to effective care. In developing nations, barriers at all levels of cancer care have led to survival rates as low as 10 percent in some countries. And children who do survive cancer are often left with debilitating effects that can impact organ functioning, physical development and their ability to learn. SERVICE IS THE REASON WE EXIST. IT’S WHY WE BECOME LIONS AND WHY WE REMAIN. YEAR BY YEAR, COUNTRY BY COUNTRY, WE HAVE INCREASED OUR GLOBAL IMPACT, SAVING LIVES AND HELPING MILLIONS MORE AROUND THE WORLD. AND THE WORLD NEEDS US NOW MORE THAN EVER. A NEW SERVICE VISION FOR THE FUTURE To ensure that Lions are ready to meet the needs of a changing world, we will formally launch our new global service framework in 2017 that prepares Lions for our second century of service. It will bring Lions together to address global humanitarian challenges: VISION We will continue to save sight by preserving vision health and serving the blind and visually impaired. DIABETES We will work to prevent and control this global epidemic and assist those affected by the disease. HUNGER We will work to eliminate hunger and alleviate poverty so no child goes to bed hungry. ENVIRONMENT We will protect our environment to make our communities and the world a better place for all. PEDIATRIC CANCER We will expand access to life-saving treatment and assist the children who need us. We will continue our long tradition of supporting children and build on it by developing new ways to engage youth as volunteers and service leaders in these five areas of service. Each of the service areas in the framework is essential to serving local and global needs, but we will announce diabetes as a new global service focus at the 2017 centennial convention in Chicago. At the 2018 international convention in Las Vegas, we will launch the full service platform for diabetes, including new service programs, partnerships and LCIF grant opportunities. Lions Clubs International Foundation will be there to support our service, aligning the efforts of Lions with the work of our charitable arm to create large-scale, lasting change where it’s needed most. The new global service framework gives Lions and Leos new opportunities to serve, new ways to unite our members and other service-minded people around the world and new ways to ensure that we meet the challenges of our next century of service. AND JUST LIKE THE FIRST 100 YEARS, THE WORLD IS DEPENDING ON US. WE WILL ANNOUNCE DIABETES AS A NEW GLOBAL SERVICE FOCUS AT THE 2017 CENTENNIAL CONVENTION IN CHICAGO. DON’T JUDGE EACH DAY BY THE HARVEST YOU REAP BUT BY THE SEEDS THAT YOU PLANT. Robert Louis Stevenson
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