We measure time by the stars above, implicating the heavens in our affairs. As Lions, we impose our own calendar, beginning a Lion year in July and implying our affairs are important enough to frame separately. Typically, 2016-17 was full of service and, atypically, it was rich in milestones. It was a great year. REACHING NEW HEIGHTS IN MEMBERSHIP This year we reached our all-time membership high of 1,445,591 Lions. It means that we have more hands for more service. That we are stronger than ever. And that kindness matters to our communities and the world. “For every Lion who is ready to serve, we can serve the needs of 70 people,” said 2016-17 International President Chancellor Bob Corlew at the 100th International Convention. “That’s 70 people who won’t go hungry today, 70 children who will receive a free eye screening at school, 70 people who will regain their sight by Lions-sponsored cataract surgery.” That’s the power of Lions. A NEW SERVICE FRAMEWORK TO TRIPLE OUR IMPACT We are Knights of the Blind. That’s our legacy. But we’re also so much more. Lions are also focusing on hunger, the environment, pediatric cancer and our new global service cause, diabetes. Our service framework is uniting Lions around the world to meet emerging humanitarian needs, strengthen our communities and improve the lives of 200 million people per year by 2020-21. Now that’s a new legacy in the making. LIONS TAKE ON DIABETES Diabetes impacts 420 million people and claims the lives of five million each year. That’s why Lions around the world are rallying around this modern-day epidemic. Lions are working to prevent type 2 diabetes through healthy lifestyles, control diabetes through education and increased access to care, and support research that can change lives. Diabetes was launched as our new global service cause in July at the international convention in Chicago. CELEBRATING OUR CENTENNIAL Milestones matter. Lions Clubs celebrated our 100th birthday this year, reminding our communities and the world just how much we matter. We partied, enjoying one another’s company and served, recognizing that service is what we are all about. It was an opportunity to look back on our achievements. And look forward to another incredible century of service. HAIL TO THE PRESIDENTS A new year means new leadership, new ideas and a renewed vision of Lions Clubs. While 2016-17 President Corlew led us toward New Mountains to Climb, 2017-18 President Naresh Aggarwal of India embraced We Serve as his theme and invited Lions around the world to embrace the Power of We. Namaste. THE GLOBAL ACTION TEAM Lions Clubs International is putting the entire Lions’ support network to work for your club. The new Global Action Team, a crew of highly dedicated and experienced Lions, is working to help clubs strengthen their leadership development, membership and service. The team was created by unifying the Global Leadership Team, the Global Membership Team and the new Global Service Team. And it puts your club at the center of the action. The Global Action Team is paving the way for new levels of service in clubs from Terrytown to Timbuktu. MYLION AND THE DIGITAL LION The future arrived suddenly−and wonderfully−this year. MyLion is a world-class mobile app that makes serving as a Lion fun, fast and easy. And we at the LION may be biased, but we think the digital LION Magazine app is a great way to read the greatest stories on earth when you’re on the go. Melvin Jones would be proud. KINDNESS MATTERS Kindness matters. A lot. “Three things in human life are important,” said the writer Henry James. “The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Lions Clubs International is sharing our life-changing stories through our Kindness Matters global ad campaign. It features real local and international service projects to show the world what we’re achieving together. Ads appear in airports, public transit, and online, shining a spotlight on the incredible work of Lions. ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN CHANGE Large numbers stagger the imagination. Consider 1 billion. If you counted from one to one billion, you would be counting for 95 years. A billion seconds ago it was 1959. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age. This year LCIF awarded an ordinary grant that marked an extraordinary milestone: our Foundation had given out more than $1 billion in grants since it began a half century ago. Can you imagine how many millions of people have seen their lives vastly improved and enriched? How many children have been saved? The numbers are staggering. And so is the power of LCIF grants. LEAPS FOR LEO For 50 years, Leo clubs have been inspiring young people to serve their communities today and develop the skills to be the leaders of tomorrow. Now, with over 7,000 clubs around the world, Leos are showing what it means to be the agents of change. And we have an opportunity to invite even more young people to change the world with us.
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