Service initiatives and seasons have much in common. President Sid L. Scruggs III has issued a call for global service action campaigns—four of them—during his presidential year. Shining a light on service is the goal, and each of these quarterly campaigns will help the Lions’ beacon burn a little brighter. For people in need all over the world, these seasonal global campaigns will each focus on a specific need. The world may revolve around the sun, but Lions’ projects have always been moved by human need and how to meet these growing challenges. In August, Lions were urged to Engage Our Youth by involving Leos and other young people in service activities. Next month, Sharing the Vision highlights our specific goal of helping the world to see, a mandate that has been central to our core foundation since Helen Keller first challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind” in 1925. Many Lions clubs have year-round sight activities, but since World Sight Day is held in October, this presents an ideal time to put the spotlight on these pursuits. The world will be watching as Lions focus attention on preventing blindness and promoting clear vision. Scruggs and his wife, Judy, will take part in a celebration Oct. 7 and 8 in Osaka, Japan, marking the 12th year of Lions’ worldwide participation in this global event. One planned activity is helping to inaugurate a new feature at a local zoo with the mayor, a Lion, that will add to the enjoyment of visually impaired and blind visitors. Another is donating equipment to a school for the blind. Several outreach events are also scheduled to be held at the Nippon Lighthouse for the Blind. Involve the whole community in your club’s efforts to share the vision. Plan an eyeglass collection campaign or an activity to benefit the visually impaired. Sponsor a vision screening or a hands-on service project that helps a blind citizen, such as making home repairs or other useful acts. Recognize and thank all those who help Lions throughout the year with their support and participation in projects that help those in need. Lions do, of course, work year-round on sight projects, but October’s service action campaign is a time to recognize and renew that commitment to saving and restoring sight, and assisting the blind and visually impaired. In December/January, let’s shine our Lions light on Relieving the Hunger. With the global economic downturn, more families are finding it as difficult to put food on the table at the end of the year as it is in the beginning. No child should go to bed hungry. It’s estimated that more than one billion people live in a constant state of hunger. A total of 15 percent of those suffering live in developed countries. Malnutrition stunts minds and bodies. It disrupts lives and learning; it destroys the future before children have an opportunity to even know what they’re capable of Achieving. Plan projects that will help feed those in need. Support hunger relief organizations and local food pantries. Collect food and nourish people today so they can find the strength for a healthier and better future. Protecting the Environment is April’s service campaign. Adopt a stretch of highway to clear of debris and litter. Pick a park to beautify. Plant a community garden. Collect laptop and cell phone batteries for proper disposal and recycling. Many unused cell phones are proving to be lifelines for victims of domestic violence when they are donated to police departments. Check to see if your community has a need for these older devices. We’re known worldwide for our commitment to helping others. These global service action campaigns will change even more lives. Share the vision in October, and keep the Lions light shining brightly on what has always been at the heart of our association: helping others see. Each global service campaign is a reminder of how and why we serve. For more information and campaign updates, visit www.lionsclubs.org or contact email@example.com.
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