Message from the Chairperson: LCIF and Lions Make a Difference Worldwide

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Inc.

Photo courtesy of Special Olympics Inc.

Dear Lions,

Earlier this month, Anne and I had the opportunity to attend the kick-off for the Special Olympics World Games, which will take place in 2015. We always have so much fun at Special Olympic events because there is a spirit of unity in the air that is just like the spirit of Lions clubs! It was during this event that Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) continued our support for Special Olympics as announced during the African Leaders Forum on Disability earlier this year.

Whether Lions are working with our partners or working locally in communities, you do a world of good, and LCIF is there to help you. Our Foundation recently approved almost US$10 million in SightFirst and Lions Quest grants for projects around the world. In addition to these grants, LCIF continues to support humanitarian projects and disaster relief efforts.

Just a few weeks ago, China was hit with a terrible earthquake. More than 600 people died because of the disaster and a large number of people were injured. What made the situation even worse was that more than 40,000 homes were damaged or destroyed! That means more than 40,000 families are in need of help. I am proud that Lions are there to help them.

LCIF immediately issued a US$250,000 Major Catastrophe Grant through the Disaster Relief Fund, allowing Lions to provide food, water, blankets, medicine and other necessities to people in need. With clubs in more than 200 countries, LCIF is ready to help whenever Lions or their communities are in need, regardless of their location. The road to recovery can be a long one, but Lions will be there for as long as needed while homes are rebuilt and communities are put back together in China.

I want to thank you for your support and your concern.


Barry J. Palmer
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

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Visit LCIF at the ANZI-Pacific Forum!


ANZI-Forum-Header-2aHave you ever wondered how Lions Clubs International Foundation can help Lions change lives around the world and at home? Experience the impact of LCIF at this year’s ANZI-Pacific Forum from August 29 through August 31 in Adelaide, Australia. This year’s forum theme is “Passport to Excellence – Look, Listen, Learn.”

LCIF will have a booth where staff can answer questions regarding grant programs, the application process, and donations, as well as provide informational materials. Be sure to ask about the Lions Measles Initiative!

This year, there are several LCIF informational sessions:

→ Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will present at an LCIF seminar titled “LCIF – Making a Difference throughout the World.” This seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 29th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

→ On Saturday, August 30th, learn about Lions’ and LCIF’s efforts to preserve and save sight through SightFirst at a seminar titled “The Eyes Have It – Lions Preserving Sight,” from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

→ On Sunday, August 31st, Immediate Past International President and LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer will host a meeting with Past District Governors from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

→ Also on Sunday, “Lions Quest – Investing in our Future” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Stop by to learn about LCIF’s social and emotional learning program for students.

→ Finally, a seminar titled “From an International Perspective” on Sunday will highlight LCI and LCIF. This session is from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Forums provide for an exchange of information and ideas surrounding service activities and Lions’ projects while promoting the principles and objectives of Lions Clubs International and LCIF. All Lions in the constitutional area in which the forum is held are invited to participate.

You can read about LCIF’s activities at the USA/Canada Forum in the upcoming weeks.

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Lions Quest and SightFirst Grants Awarded August 2014


Lions QuestDuring the August 2014 Lions Quest Advisory Committee meeting, 22 grants were awarded totaling US$1,216,054. Through these grants, Lions Quest programs will provide students with positive life skills in countries like India, Japan, Madagascar, the United States, Turkey and more.

The SightFirst Advisory Committee also met earlier this month and awarded 26 grants totaling US$8,063,304. As part of the grants awarded, SightFirst will continue working with The Carter Center to control trachoma and river blindness in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and northern Uganda; provide cataract surgeries in Nepal and Sri Lanka; conduct further blindness prevention research; support a diabetic retinopathy program in the United States and more.

These grants would not be possible without the generosity and compassion of Lions around the world. Thank you for your support! When available, you can view the list of grants awarded online.

Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:

  • October 17, 2014: SightFirst grant applications for review by the SightFirst Advisory Committee (SAC) in January 2015
  • November 21, 2014: Lions Quest grant applications for review by the Lions Quest Advisory Committee (LAC) in January 2015
  • February 12, 2015: Standard, Core 4 and IAG grant applications for review at the April 2015 Board meeting

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Video: Lions Down Syndrome Center


Established in 1997 by the Lions Club of Kota Bharu, the Lions Down Syndrome Center has been providing a place for children with Down syndrome in Malaysia to learn, laugh and grow. The center helps preschool children build language, reading, writing, fine motor skills and basic life skills.

A US$75,000 Lions Clubs International Foundation grant in 2010 helped the center expand into a new building to accommodate growing needs.

Learn more about the Lions Down Syndrome Center and its impact on children’s lives through the following video, featured in the July 2014 Lions Quarterly video magazine: 

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LCIF Provides Emergency Grants in July 2014


LCIF logoIn July 2014, LCIF provided 12 emergency grants totaling US$105,000.

When natural disasters strike, Lions are there to offer help and support. In times of need, Lions are able to rely on disaster relief grants and funds from Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

These grants are helping to meet crucial immediate needs in:

Brazil, District LD-4
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKS
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-2
$10,000 for flood relief

Paraguay, District M-1
$10,000 for flood relief

Canada, District 5-SKN
$10,000 for flood relief

India, District 318-D
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 334-E
$10,000 for flood relief

Mexico, District B-2
$5,000 for flood relief

Japan, District 332-E
$10,000 for flood relief

Philippines, District 301-C
$5,000 for typhoon relief

India, District 323-D2
$10,000 for landslide relief

Romania, District 124
$10,000 for flood relief

* Emergency grants listed by date approved.

LCIF has also approved a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$250,000 to provide relief for the Zhaotong earthquake in China. These funds will help Lions provide immediate relief and long-term recovery. You can read a message from LCIF Chairperson Barry Palmer on the LCI blog, or make a donation to the LCIF Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for your support.

At the heart of LCIF’s disaster relief programs are the individuals and families your donations reach. Learn more about grants recently awarded and the LCIF emergency grant program on the LCIF website.

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