What seemed like
routine flood warnings to the community of Rapid City,
South Dakota, USA, soon turned into ravaging floods that
took the lives of more than 200 people, left more than
5,000 people homeless, and created more than US$100
million in property damage. Local Lions did what would
soon become our legacy, being among the first to arrive
with relief. This event also marked the first grant ever
awarded by Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF),
US$5,000 to help the community rebuild after the
Since then, every day,
LCIF works to fulfill its mission: "To support the
efforts of Lions clubs and partners in serving
communities locally and globally, giving hope and
impacting lives through humanitarian service projects
and grants." Serving alongside many dedicated Lions,
LCIF has made a significant impact on the world. In
fact, I am proud to announce LCIF has awarded more than
13,000 grants totaling over US$1 billion since
being founded in 1968.
We reached this
milestone through our continuous efforts to support
Lion-led initiatives in the areas of sight, youth,
disaster relief, and other humanitarian initiatives.
Every day, Lions are working to make a difference.
Whether you are helping a grandparent see their
grandchild for the first time, educating school children
in your town, cleaning up a community after a flood, or
working to end measles, you are making this world a
As we prepare to
celebrate LCIF's 50th anniversary, look for
messages about the impact that this US$1 billion has on
the world. Watch this
video to learn how LCIF is changing lives for
students in the Philippines who are visually impaired.
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
Own a Limited-Edition Lions Clubs Centennial
Our Centennial Commemorative Coin went on sale January
18, 2017. The first week of sales was encouraging, with
a total of 30,456 coins sold. But sales for week #2
dropped considerably from week #1, to just over 8,000
coins. If sales continue to decline in the first 60
days, the U.S. Mint may cease production of our
Centennial silver dollar as minting additional coins is
based entirely on sales expectations.
We can't let that happen, and here's why. Once the U.S.
Mint has surpassed the break-even point of the program
(approximately 200,000 coins), US$10 is authorized to be
paid to LCIF for every coin sold. If we sell all 400,000
coins of our planned mintage, US$4 million will be given
to LCIF to support our global humanitarian initiatives.
Just imagine how many more people we could help!
With your help, we can
make this program a success! Purchase your coin today
Lions Club Supplies or the
United States Mint.
Lions Quest Grants Approved in
the Lions Quest Advisory Committee
meeting in January, the LCIF Board
of Trustees approved eight grants
totaling more than US$360,000 to
expand Lions Quest in five
countries. In addition, the
Committee approved funding to
broaden the successful collaboration
with the UN Office on Drugs and
Crime (UNODC); LCIF and the UNODC
will now expand our work to include
District 49-A in Alaska, USA,
received a US$100,000 grant to
implement Lions Quest: Skills for
Adolescence in all Anchorage middle
schools. Over the next two years,
approximately 500 teachers will be
trained to use the program with
their students. Lions are leading
the project with support from a
local bank to fund student
materials. Way to go, Lions!
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