This week, we celebrate the birthday of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International (LCI). It has been nearly 100 years since Melvin Jones first encouraged people to address the needs of their communities and the world, and I know he would be proud of what Lions have accomplished.
As your clubs, districts and multiple districts come together during this LCIF Week and the Worldwide Week of Service to honor Melvin Jones, I encourage you to think of all the lives you can impact now and throughout the entire year. Your club might host vision screenings, sponsor a food drive, host a highway cleanup, or paint a playground; the possibilities for service are endless—and so are the lives we can touch. However you choose to serve, know that you are making a positive difference every day, all year long.
I also want to remind you that your donations to LCIF make it possible for Lions to meet the growing needs of people around the world. We give sight, support youth, provide disaster relief and improve communities only because of your generosity and selfless giving. Thank you for your support of LCIF.
Melvin Jones once said, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” Look how far we have come!
Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
What is LCIF Week?
LCIF Week is an annual event that gives clubs and districts an opportunity to publicize the Foundation. Many clubs and districts plan special events for the week of
January 13, which is the birthday of LCI founder Melvin Jones. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss how LCIF supports the humanitarian efforts of Lions as they serve their local communities and the global community. LCIF is here to help you promote the Foundation and promote your club so your community can see the life-changing work your club, your district and your Foundation is doing every day.
Lions Quest and SightFirst Grants Awarded
The Lions Quest Advisory Committee recently approved US$1,357,408 in grant funding for 15 projects in 13 countries. These grants will support projects such as a new model for working with youth sports teams in Italy, the expansion of job-skills training in Tennessee, and program implementation in Cameroon and Morocco. Funding was also approved to expand LCIF and Lions Quest partnerships worldwide.
The SightFirst Advisory Committee also met and awarded 18 grants totaling US$4,438,744. These grants will support a wide range of initiatives, including river blindness control in Cameroon, the development of an eye care system in Papua New Guinea, career training for the visually impaired in the United States, the provision of comprehensive eye care services at a Lions Eye Hospital in India and more.