<b>Name:</b>Carlos Justiniano, Past International Director <b>Club:</b>Mayaguez, Puerto Rico <b>Years as a Lion:</b>31 <b>Profession:</b>Orthodontist <b>How did you become a Lion?</b> “I come from a family of Lions. My father would bring me to Lions events when I was young, so it was natural for me to become a Lion. In my family we now have three generations of Melvin Jones Fellows.” <b>Why is donating to LCIF important to you?</b> “My first exposure to LCIF was during my year as district governor. I learned about the many grant programs that LCIF has to extend the reach of districts and clubs and their service projects. Then as an international director, I learned how LCIF helps Lions all over the world. During a visit to Kenya, I saw with my own eyes people who walked 20 to 30 miles to get assistance at the Lions hospital there. The gratitude in their smiles convinced me of the importance of LCIF. Most recently, through my service in Haiti after the earthquake, I see more proof of how important LCIF is to helping people in times of greatest need. Just as some people give to a church because they believe in the mission of that church, so I give to LCIF because I believe in the mission of LCIF.” <b>How does your club support LCIF?</b> “Our club got involved from day one. A year or two after I joined the club, the first SightFirst campaign began. It was clear right away that this was something very important that our club had to get involved with it. It feels really good to know that by raising US$57,000 for SightFirst, our Lions club saved more than 9,500 individuals from blindness. In fact, I still get choked up when I read or hear updates about the individuals reached through our SightFirst program.” <b>How did you raise funds for CSFII?</b> “When I made a Major Gift Pledge during CSFII, I was already a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow (PMJF). I believe that a Lion is a more complete part of the Lion family when he or she is a Melvin Jones Fellow (MJF). So I wanted to encourage as many Lions as I could to become MJFs. As I traveled to Lions’ events, I made this offer: I would donate $200 toward a person’s MJF if that person would promise to complete the donation with $800. In this way, I helped Lions in seven or eight different countries to become MJFs. It is important to remember that LCIF helps us to serve beyond our local community and LCIF also helps us to serve our local community when we need it most. “
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