William VanLandingham of the Visalia Pride Lions Club and members of the Hanford Breakfast Lions Clubs, the Hanford Leo Club and other clubs in California came together to provide food, gas, supplies and toys to families who lost their homes to fires in Lake Isabella. Clubs will continue to meet local needs even as Lions Clubs International promotes a new service platform. A New Service Platform for our Second Century When I was younger in the 1960s, the winds of change blew. Then again, those winds are always blowing. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future,” President John F. Kennedy said. So we have to manage the inevitable change. “Change with direction” is how I like to put it. We need to change the world in a positive manner. Lions Clubs International is changing with direction. We are moving ahead with a new service platform. Our past is still relevant, and we’ll still help the blind, support youth and do the many things that clubs do. Besides focusing on vision, we’ll control diabetes, address childhood cancer, protect the environment and curb hunger. These five areas represent our new global service framework. Our work with diabetes will be emphasized. Diabetes is a rapidly growing scourge both in developed and developing nations. Lions will increase awareness and expand screening and treatment programs. We’ll also really step up our environmental efforts, which really matter to younger Lions and Leos. We’ll work for clean water and air, better sanitation and more passive sources of energy. As for vision, besides assisting the blind and continuing to build eye clinics and hospitals, we’ll help those with impaired vision. We’ll increase our eye screening of children and devote more resources to growing problems such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. A common chord we will strike in serving will be supporting youth. We’ll especially target pediatric cancer. Sadly, survival rates are as low as 10 percent in some nations. We chose this framework after much study and consultation with Lions and Leos. We are confident our new global service framework matches the interests and capabilities of Lions and Leos. Our goal is to serve 200 million people annually by 2021. That’s an ambitious plan: it triples our current humanitarian impact. But we know that in the past when Lions have been asked to reach a goal they smashed past it. The world is rapidly changing. Lions will meet that change with a renewed, refocused commitment to serving the world’s needs. Our second century of service will greatly expand our scope and reach and ensure Lions remain the greatest force for good among all service groups. Chancellor Bob Corlew Lions Clubs International President
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