Category Archives: International News

100 Years of Lionism

At the recent MD1 Host Committee meeting the idea of a name badge was adopted by the those in attendance.  The badge is available from Lions Clubs International. I have talked to them in regards to getting it with your name and the 2017 MD1 Host Committee as shown.   If you are interested in purchasing one, please complete and return the order form posted in DOWNLOADS, FORMS – along with your payment made payable to:  Lions 2017 Host Committee and mail to
Lion Robert Block, PDG.

Another idea that is being looked at is a Commemorative Shadow Box. The box would feature the
four pins that are available along with two other committee pins. The shadow box will have a registered number. The thought is to make it available to the members of the MD1 Host Committee and the District Coordinators, the current Council of Governors as well as to the incoming governors and vice governors. The exact number of boxes is still being determined, but the cost is $50.00 per box plus shipping.   The pre-order will assure you a lower number as well as giving us an idea of how many boxes will be made. The idea is some where between 300 and 400 hundred. A sample of the Shadow Box is also shown on the form posted under DOWNLOADS/FORMS.

Opening Eyes

opening eyes

Research has shown that among Special Olympics athletes, 68 percent have not had an eye examination in three years, 37 percent are in need of eyeglasses and 18 percent wear clinically- incorrect eyeglasses. The disabled are a largely underserved group when it comes to vision care. They deserve, and should have access to, quality care that is appropriate to their particular needs.
That is why LCIF and Special Olympics began a partnership in 2001 to provide free vision screenings at select Special Olympics sporting events worldwide. Athletes also receive diagnoses for vision-related problems, corrective and protective eyewear, and are taught how to take better care of their eyes.
A successful collaborative effort, the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program relies on thousands of volunteer Lions, doctors, vision specialists and educators. More than 350,000 athletes have been screened, with prescription eyewear provided to 110,000 athletes. More than 20,000 volunteer eye care professionals have participated in the program. And, more than 20,000 Lions volunteers worldwide have offered their time and talents for this true team effort that has been active in more than 70 nations.
The Opening Eyes program is funded by an LCIF Core 4 grant. Since the program began, the Foundation has awarded more than US$13.3 million in grant funding.
At the 96th Annual Lions Clubs International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, LCIF announced an expansion of the partnership and opportunities for Lions. Learn more about that here.
For additional information about Opening Eyes, please visit


Candy Day qualifies as a Centennial Challenge Service….

Did your club participate in Candy Day?
Collecting funds for the Lions of Illinois Foundation’s vision programs qualifies as a Centennial Challenge Service Activity on MyLCI.
Be sure to record your club’s participation in the Candy Day Campaign by entering the number of people and hours your club volunteered to help promote the Lions of Illinois Foundation on October 9 & 10. To earn your Centennial Service Banner Patch, simply record this as a ‘Sharing The Vision’ project, and if possible, attach a photo.
Let Lions Clubs International know what we already know: WE SERVE!!!
Centennial Challange

Meet Lori Bennett

Lori & Steve


Hello, My name is Lori Bennett, at your service as your Second Vice District Governor. I am a second-generation Lion and a member of the Paris Lions Club. I would like to take a few moments to share some information with you from Lions Clubs International: (visit for complete details)

October is a Membership Growth Month! Clubs that induct at least one new member during October and records that new member on MyLCI will receive a banner patch from LCI!

October is Centennial Service Challenge Worldwide Week of Service in Sight (October 4-10). If your club participates in a vision-related service project during that week and records it on MyLCI, you will receive a banner patch from LCI!

October is our very first District 1M CONVENTION!! This is your club’s opportunity to vote on the new District By-Laws & Constitution, upcoming leadership, Peace Posters, and more. Conventions are put together with every Lion in mind. If you have not been to one before, go to this one!

October is a great time to add LCIF to your club’s budget. By naming a recipient for a Melvin Jones Award, your contributions will help countless people worldwide, and you will receive the award packet in time for Christmas!

October is a great time to invite a member of your Cabinet to speak at your club meeting. We are here to serve you, and we want to thank you for all of the great service you do in your communities.

Have a safe and bountiful harvest season!

Lion Lori Bennett


Lions Kidsight USA!

I hope that you’re having a wonderful summer. It’s hard to believe that only a year ago we began Lions KidSight USA. Now it’s my pleasure to offer you another update on our exciting initiative.
The Lions KidSight USA Committee has been busy. From developing suggested standards for screening and forming partnerships with outstanding manufacturers like Welch Allyn Spot and Plusoptix, to launching our website and Facebook page, a lot has happened in the past year. Here’s an overview of what’s new with Lions KidSight USA:
  • Social Media – The word is out. Our Facebook page is more popular than ever, with over 900 likes and nearly 1,600 impressions every week. If you haven’t already, take a moment to “like” the Lions KidSight USA Facebook page. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date with the initiative and to share your club’s screening activities with other Lions and your community.
  • KidSight USA Website – Our website has also received a warm welcome. A lot of information and resources are already available, and more updates are on the way to make it even easier to use. Stay tuned!
  • Data Management – Both the committee and LCI staff are working hard to research and implement a national data management system that will be easy for Lions in both clubs and districts to use. This is a big step that will help bring KidSight programs around the country together and help establish Lions as the leader in children’s vision screening and screening data. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.
  • Fall Vision Screenings – As summer winds down, it’s time to reach out to school districts and agencies to arrange fall screenings. Before you do, remember to make sure all of your equipment is clean and ready to go, all of your forms are updated with proper dates and that your supply is sufficient for the fall season.
  • Special Thanks – I want to extend a special thanks to the Lions of Oregon and Colorado. I had the opportunity to visit to the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, as well as the Colorado Lions KidSight Foundation in early June. Both programs are very active—last year Lions in Oregon screened 142,000 children, while Lions in Colorado screened 45,000—and I wanted to learn firsthand how they operate. While each program is unique in its approach, they are both doing wonderful work on behalf of Lions Clubs International and Lions KidSight USA.
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions, or if there is anything I can help you with, send me an email. And remember to share your success stories with us. We’d be honored to showcase your service on the Facebook page to let the world know what Lions are doing to preserve the sight of our children.
Thank you for all you are doing for the children in your communities and for Lions KidSight USA.
Dr. Edward V. Cordes, PID
Chair, Lions KidSight USA

Our New International President…

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, Minokamo Japan Neurosurgeon,
Elected Lions Clubs International President

OAK BROOK, IL, USA, June 30, 2015—Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada, of Minokamo, Gifu, Japan, was
elected to serve as president of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 98th International
Convention held in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, June 26 through 30, 2015.
President Yamada is a neurosurgeon.

As international president, Yamada will lead the 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs
serving communities in over 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe. He will also
support the humanitarian work of Lions Clubs International Foundation, the charitable arm of
the Lions association.

A member of the Minokamo Lions Club, Yamada has been a Lion since 1985. He has held many
offices in the association, including district governor and GLT constitutional area vice leader. He
served on the international board from 2005 to 2007 as a member of the Executive Committee
and the Long Range Planning Committee and vice chairperson of Convention Committee.
Yamada also served as a board appointee for 2011-2012.

In recognition of his service to the association, Yamada has received numerous awards,
including the Humanitarian Partners Award, 10 International President’s Awards and an
Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members.
He is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.4 million
members in more than 46,000 clubs are serving communities in more than 200 countries and
geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually
impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on
service and humanitarian projects. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit