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2013-2014

This page changes frequently- these are items that may interest you 



2013-2014    Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2013 
Click the link for  
Official District Governor Visitation Schedule 2013
 
2013-2014    Directory Editorial Changes 2013 
Some astute Lions may have noticed that the District Directory has some errors. Click the link below for corrections  
Directory Editorial Changes 2013
 
2013-2014    Lions Youth Exchange Program 

The Lions Youth Exchange Program is one of Lions’ International's biggest peace programs. In order to make our goal a reality, we must find students to go on this program. We also need host families who are willing to take these students during the summer for a two week period. Without your help in promoting this program, our dream may never occur. The program is open to anyone between the ages of 15 ½ to 21 years old. It is a natural progression for all students participating in our student speaker contests and our Leos to go onto the Lions ’Youth Exchange program. The more Lions programs we can keep our children involved in, the greater our chances of them becoming Lions themselves. 

As for our Peace Poster contestants, although they are a little young for this program now, all Peace Poster committee people should relate the Youth Exchange Program to them. This is so they can “save their pennies and get excited about participating in this program. 

Please download and make as many copies as possible of the attached Youth Exchange Flyer to give out to all students you meet. 
Please also go onto our website at MD4Lions.org and click on “YouthExchange” for a better "Understanding" of this program. 

Thank you Lion Eileen 
Youth Exchange Committee
 
2014.09.11-13    US/Canada Forum Update- TO ALL MEMBERS OF DISTRICT 4-L1  
   
This is another reminder of the US/Canada Forum coming up in September. 11 thru 13, 2014. You need to make your reservations, post mark before May 31st , to get the early bird rate. You will need to make a deposit to reserved your room.  

Please down load the 6 pages attached, there is all you need to make the reservations.  


Lion Amy Finks  is offering to all Lions a Cruise after the Forum, for one week, please read the sheet informing you , all about it, or you can contact Amy directly, they are very low rates, she can get this, because she books several rooms at the same time, which you can not do on your own.  

I will have this information again at our District Convention.  

Lion: IPDG Eduardo Oviedo 
US/CANADA FORUM District 4-L1, Chairman 
(714) 926-3355 
enaoviedo88@hotmail.com  
 
2014.07.04-08   
International Convention 2014 

TO ALL LIONS OF DISTRICT 4-L1 , LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL. 

Please see and read attached, complete information, provided to you all, with regards of our Intentional Convention in Toronto, Canada. 

Please register as soon as possible in order to save some money. I have attached everything you need to have and register. 

There is a complete Agenda as yet from International, and the complete Speakers, as soon as I receive it, it will be going your way. 

There are several pages you need to down load in order to have the complete information. 

If I can be of any assistance on your plans, please call me. 

International Convention and 
US/Canada Forum CHAIRPERSON 

Here are ten pdf docs for your convenience  
  1. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140001.pdf  
  2. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140002.pdf 
  3. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140003.pdf  
  4. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140004.pdf  
  5. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140005.pdf  
  6. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140006.pdf  
  7. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140007.pdf  
  8. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140009.pdf  
  9. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140010.pdf 
  10. http://district4l1.org/Flyers/International Convention Toronto , Canada 20140011.pdf
 
2014.06.05-08   
Council of Governors and Student Speaker Contest 

Council of Governors and Student Speaker Contest will occur at the same place and within the same time-frame. 

Please click the flyer for more information  
 
2014.05.29-31    4-L1 Convention 2014 

The new dates for our district 4-L1 convention are May 29,30 &31.

Sheraton Hotel requested the Convention date change due to the challenges of the Amgen Tour of California event in the cities of Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks and Westlake. There will be a lot of closed roads, and foreseen challenges that will affect guest rooms,, ballroom space, parking etc.etc. In short, it would be a mad house during the weekend of May 19,2013. 

This change is unavoidable circumstances at this point; however, the hotel made a concession with us by offering a discount in drinks amounting to more or less than $2,000.00. The committee will assure that this offer will be in writing. 

We apologize for this unforeseen changes from the hotel, and your understanding is deeply appreciated. We need a smile from all of you. 

District Governor Josephine has been apprised with this change and the date are both agreed by her and the committee.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the following committee members: 
 PDG Lita Guidotti......818-388-0303 
PDG Kadam Shodhan.. 818-704-0998 
PDG Eduardo Oviedo.... 714926-3355 

 In time of challenges we are all together. KINDLY SAVE THE DATE FOR FUN. 
 
Love in Lionism 

 Convention Chair  

Update: Flyers and Form 
Attached are information for our forthcoming Convention. 

We would like to request everyone to please help our district promote our convention. It would be lots of fun and camaraderie between our family members whom we did not see very often.

The convention committee has planned an outstanding convention at a very reasonable cost. We will have an Italian cuisine at the first niter and choices of fish,chicken,beef and vegetarian at dinner and many more goodies that will be served. You will all enjoy the entertainment that we prepared for all of you.

COME AND JOIN THE CELEBRATION OF OUR DISTRICT DREAMS THAT COME TRUE IN 2013-2014.

 Warm regards, L-1 Convention Committee

 
2014.05.29-31   
Food Fair in May 2014

Hello Lions, 

It's that time again to start thinking about the food fair at the convention in May. 

Once again I am the chairperson and have come up with a twist for everyone to enjoy. 

I know we all tend to stay in our comfort zones, so this year I am going to drag you out of those comfort zones and try something new. The theme this year will be "Food Around The World". 

This is how it will work. I know what you’re thinking, that our club can cook something from our comfort zone. Oh No..... That's not it. 

Each club participating will pick a country that starts with the same letter as their club. For example: Ridgecrest Lions Club starts with R so we have to pick a country that starts with R like Romania. 

For all of the clubs that start with LA your club will use the first letter after LA for example: LA Chinatown would use the letter C for their country, LA Envision would use the letter E for their country and so on. 

The rules for awards and participation: 
  1. The country must start with the same letter as your club  
  2. Your food that your club makes must be from that country 
  3. Your decorations and attire must be from that country 
That's easy, huh. Well our district had a lot of fun last year with the taste of the rainbow and all the great colors. Let's make it bigger and better than last year. 

Please contact me to sign up and participate in the food fair. I will be speaking about the food fair at the January Valley Region meeting. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime via phone at 757-362-5898 or email me at catjordan30@yahoo.com

Thank you 

Lion Catina Hood 
Ridgecrest Lions Club 
Chairperson Lions Alert 
Chairperson Food Fair 2012-13, 2013-14 President 
 
2014.04.27    The Big Duck Drop  

The Ridgecrest Lions Club is offering you a chance to WIN up to $5,000 on April 27th.

The Ridgecrest Lions Club is selling numbered ducks for $5.00 each, for your chance to win up to $5000. All proceeds from this fundraiser will be used in the Ridgecrest Community to help our own citizens through Ridgecrest Lions Club Sponsored Programs. Please click this flyer  for more information.
 
2014.04.26    Fund Raising Latin American LIONS Club 

TO DISTRICT 4-L1 , LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL  

FUND RAISING AND SILENT AUCTION  

It is with great pleasure to announce, our first fundraising, with a silent auction and a wonderful dinner of 7 courses.  

WHEN Saturday April 26th, 2014.  
TIME: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM  
WHERE 
The Golden Dragon Restaurant 
960 N. Broadway Los Angeles, Ca 90012 
(213) 626-2039.  
COST: $ 30.00 

I am asking all the members from our District to support us, being a small Club, we need your input and support. I am looking forward to hearing from all of you,  

Please down load the Flyer for more information or you can contact me at (714) 926-3355 . I know is a little late, but request for your efforts to make it. We are also open to your donations and you know all the District Clubs and our Club will appreciate any help you can provide us.  

As you know IN A WORLD OF SERVICE" LIONS MAKE IT HAPPEN"  

This time , it is my turn, Please Help Us!  

Lion IPDG Eduardo Oviedo 
Inmediate Past District Governor District 4-L1, 

Latin American Lions Club 
Los Angeles, California 
President Elect 2014-2015 
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2014.04.24    Metro Region Zone "A" Meetings for 2014   

occur:
  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 
Shakers Restaurant in Glendale. 
For more info contact: Lion Trudy Nodohara – Zone A Chairman 
213-620-1500 or email: teleport@earthlink.net
 
2013.11    Philippines Typhoon Disaster 

Dear Lion Members,  

Super Typhoon Haiyan has struck the Philippines, and is continuing to wreak havoc in central areas of the country. Some reports have indicated it is the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land in recorded history. The extent of the destruction is beyond imagination and the death toll is thus more than 200, mostly confirmed in the city of Tacloban, and quickly rising as communications are reestablished with other areas of the Philippines. The stories about the suffering are widespread and heartbreaking and the need for massive and immediate relief is urgent.  

I know that Lions Clubs International Foundation will be there with strong financial support and the Lions of the Philippines will be out in force to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical assistance to the thousands of people who will desperately need the help. They have already sent emergency grant for $30,000 and another $100,000 was also sent. They will be sending much more.

I request the clubs and members of our District 4-L1 to come forward and donate for this cause.  

If you decide to send check to LCIF, you may send it directly and inform me or you may send the check to me and I will forward all the checks from our District to them.Donations to this fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible.  

Although I am hoping for the best, the predictions are that we need to be prepared for the worst. I ask that you also keep the Lions of Multiple District 301-Philippines and the Filipino people in your thoughts and prayers.  

Thanks.  

Lucky PDG Yasin Lakhani 
Chairman: LCIF Committee - District 4-L1 
lzzzy@aol.com 
W: (818) 993-1786, 
C: (818) 522-0786 
“Service - A way of Life”  

more from Lita
 

Hello Everyone,  

Per request of Council Chair Derek Ledda, I am forwarding to you his email regarding the Haiyan disaster (Typhoon) in the Philippines.  

It is really very sad flight that befell the Visayan area with this super strong typhoon that killed 10,000 people in just one area. Rescuers are still looking and are finding more bodies all over town.  

The typhoon hit areas not only poor but very very poor (super) people. They lost lives of relatives plus their belongings which is not much. No food, water, light.  

Kindly forward this message to your club member. LCI Disaster Relief dept. has been sending assistance to the Philippines. If you wish to help just mail to the Lions Club International Foundation or you may contact PDG Lucky for further assistance.  

Thank you all. Lita Guidotti 
Cell: (818) 388-0303 
Fax: (818) 626-9536 
email: litagui@aol.com  

 From Derek  

The situation in the Philippines in the wake of Super Storm Haiyan is being described as worse than hell. Tens of thousands of victims, some of whom may well be friends and relatives of California Lions, are without food, water, shelter, medical help and power. The death toll is projected to rise to at least 10,000 in one city alone. Although I was happy to read in the attached link to Immediate Past International President Wayne Madden's call to action that the Lions Clubs International Foundation has already sent $30,000 and has earmarked at least $70,000 more for immediate emergency relief, an enormous amount of help will still be needed to meet the overwhelming need now and into the future. Many Lions will respond to the news of the devastation with a generous outpouring of support to help alleviate the suffering of the countless number of victims of the worst storm in recent history.  

Please act now to make an individual donation and/or club donation in any amount you can afford to LCIF for the Super Storm Haiyan relief effort. I also ask that you sponsor club, District and community fundraisers to add to your support, every dollar of which will help to save and sustain lives. Remember that you or your club can receive credit towards the purchase of a Melvin Jones Fellowship by donating to LCIF for Haiyan disaster relief. Encourage your District Lions as well as your non-Lion friends, family, co-workers and potential community partners to also donate online to LCIF's relief effort by letting them know that: 
  1. 100% of what they donate will go directly to disaster relief with nothing taken out for administrative expenses . 
  2. Their donations will go to a 501(c)(3) non-profit making their donation tax deductible. 
  3. Like the $30,000 that LCIF sent to the Philipppines within 24 hours, Lions cut through all the red tape to immediately deliver the badly needed money to Lions already on site in the emergency areas to help direct the funds to where it's most needed. 
  4. There is follow up and oversight over the funding grants to ensure that the money donated is legitimately spent. 
  5. Lions Clubs International has a world wide reputation and expertise for effectively providing disaster services. 
  6. Donating can be done easily on line using a procedure, which is accessible in IPP Wayne's message below, that will provide the donor with evidence of the donation.  
Please share this with your club officers and members and join me in making a personal or club donation right away and consider organizing District and community fundraising projects to add to your support. 

Here's the link to access the easy online procedure IPIP Wayne provides for making your donation. http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2013/11/08/lions-disaster-relief-for-super-typhoon-haiyan/ 

Please contact your LCIF Chairperson or the MD-4 LCIF Coordinator Roger Powell at kpow@charter.net if you need more information about making a donation to LCIF. Thanks for doing all you can to help the thousands of desperate men, women and children in the Philippines who are depending on you.  

Lion Derek 
Council Chairperson 
Multiple District 4 
Lions Club International 
lion_dll@yahoo.com 

More from Lucky 

 Dear Lion Members,  

Thank you for responding to my last message.  . I have received many calls, emails and checks since then. Within a week we were able to get the commitments from the clubs and individuals from our District. The total has reached approx.$7,000 including $1,000 personal donation by DG Josephine Louie. I am thankful to the following Lions clubs: Palmdale, Tehachapi, LA Mid Valley, North Hollywood, Northridge, North West Glendale.  

I now request the Presidents and Secretaries of the Clubs to please consider donating to LCIF for disaster fund - Typhoon Haiyan. Inform your club members and request to do personal donations also. If you decide to send a check to LCIF, you may send it directly and inform me or you may send the check to me and I will forward all the checks from our District to them. Donations to this fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible.  

Some questions were asked to our MD-4 LCIF Coordinator, PCC Roger Powell and he addressed those questions which will be helpful to most of you. Here is the extract of the answers.  
LCIF Charity ID number is 23-7939455. Donors should also be assured that upon receipt of their donations, LCIF will send a letter directly to the club for their files for use for tax purposes (even if you send the checks to me and I forward them)  

How can districts get credit for donations by non-Lions? ; 
Per LCIF: The district or club will receive credit if the non-member indicates who s/he is associated with when making the donation. The donors also can give their MJF credit to the club/district, if they wish. Recommended language: "My/Our donation is affiliated with District 4-L1, and I/we transfer our associated MJF credit to the district." If the donation is being made online, this information can be entered in the box for special instructions.
  
Why is LCIF not listed in publications/tv alerts, etc. as an organization participating in the relief efforts. LCIF staff assures that this information is widely circulated to media outlets everywhere. I am to receive a list of where this info was sent and which ones picked it up. 
 
How are the monies from LCIF being used? LCIF monies for disaster relief are typically directed to the District Governors in the affected areas. They administer the use of the funds to provide assistance to those in need. As the representatives of LCIF at the scene, they make decisions within LCIF guidelines as to how the money should be spent.  

Lions Clubs International Foundation has mobilized more than US$1 million for relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). This includes US$130,000 in grants immediately provided by LCIF. These funds will allow Lions to provide for basic needs including food, water, clothing and medicine, as well as provide long-term disaster relief efforts and reconstruction. 
 
You can read a message from the LCIF Chairperson, learn more about LCIF disaster relief efforts and make a donation towards disaster relief online - www.lcif.org.  

Thank you for your support.  
Lucky  

Update: Club Donations List 
Here is a list of donations by Clubs 

More from Lucky 

I have no words to thank all the Lions Clubs of our District for their contribution for disaster relief in Philippines. 17 Clubs (which I am aware of) out of 34 clubs in our District responded to the call, but I am sure that there are many more who have not reported to me. 13 of these clubs have contributed to LCIF towards the disaster relief fund. The total amount contributed has reached $17,000, out of which $5,000 has been donated by Ridgecrest Lions Club and $3,000 by Palmdale Lions Club. 

The detail list of all the clubs who have donated is above at Club Donations List

4 Clubs of Sierra Region (Bishop, Lone Pine, Independence, and Mammoth) have done remarkable work in contributing more than $8,000 towards the expenses of doctors of Mammoth Medical Group who visited Philippines. A local medical team from Sierra Region was on the way to Mexico on a humanitarian mission. They diverted to the Philippines when they heard of the need for medical care. The 15 surgeons, doctors, and medical volunteers in the Mammoth Medical Missions group were the first medical team on the ground on the island of Leyte after the typhoon. They were in the Philippines for about a week performing about 50 surgeries a day. 

All 4 Lions Clubs in the area (Bishop, Lone Pine, Independence, and Mammoth) as well as the four Rotary clubs in the area joined to raise money to help the group pay for travel expenses and medical supplies that the team used. They were successful in collecting more than $8000 for the cause. 

So far over one million has been donated by LCIF for disaster relief in the Philippines and this amount has been used to purchase tents, constructing water purification systems, setting up relief centers and establishing tent villages for the refugees. LCIF has set up a coordinating committee of lions leaders in the area as they are in the best position to determine and respond to the needs left in the wake of the typhoon. For further details and pictures visit www.lionsclubs.org and click on Philippines Relief latest updates.  
 
2013.11    Northwest Glendale Lions and Pacific Clinics  

Northwest Glendale Lions are partnering with Pacific Clinics to provide vision screening for preschool children in Glendale and Altadena. 

Pacific Clinics has the government contract to provide Head Start and Early Head Start programs for Glendale, and Early Head Start programs for Pasadena and Altadena. The programs include vision testing and other health tests along with providing meals and other assistance. 
As part of the program, Lions will test children with an IScreen machine obtained through a grant from the Foundation of the Verdugos. The machine tests children from infants to age 6 for a number of potential eye problems including nearsightedness, farsightedness, cataracts or tumors, astigmatism, droopy eye, and other abnormalities.  

Current plans call for testing 460 children at four locations in the next month. The locations are: 610 N. Glendale Avenue, 735 E. Lexington Ave., and 1003 S. Verdugo Road, all in Glendale, and 349 W. Altadena Drive in Altadena 

Lions Vince De Santis and Ted Walters are in charge for the Northwest Lions, working with Nina Paddock, Health and Nutrition Manager for Pacific Clinics for the two programs 

Northwest Glendale Lions have tested 225 children with the IScreen machine in the past year resulting in approximately 14 per cent of the children being referred for further examination by their doctors. 

For more information on the Northwest Glendale Lions activities, click on our website www.glendalelions.com. 
Or Contact: Ross Adams at rossritaadams@att.net or 818-243-4458 
 
2013.09.01    Important Student Speaker Information 

As high school students are getting ready to head back to school this fall, we Lions need to be ramping up for the upcoming Student Speaker Contest. With your help, I know this year’s contest will be a huge success. Below are some preliminary information, action items, and deadlines regarding the Student Speaker Contest: 

Official Contest Topic: 

Community Service – What does it mean and why does it matter? 

Action Items: 
  • Prior to 9/1/13, please appoint a Student Speaker Contest Chairperson for your club if you have not already done so. Then, email his/her name, email address, and phone number to your Zone and Region Chairs and cc me at davidkphung@yahoo.com 
  • Prior to 10/1/13, please order a Student Speaker Contest packet by visiting http://md4lions.org/, http://md4lions.org/StudentSpeakerPacket or by contacting the MD4 administrative office at 800-546-6634. IMPORTANT: Please note that there will be a charge of $15/packet for orders placed on or after 10/1/13. Upon receipt, please read the packet in its entirety TWICE. Also, be sure to review additional information in the Student Speaker Contest Library found on the site: Username: md4student, Password: md4speaker Note: Please do not share username and password with anyone who is not part of the Lions Club.
  • Prior to 11/1/13, please set a club contest date and confirm a venue. The club contest must take place on or before 2/23/14. Be sure to adhere to all contest rules outlined in packets. Communicate the date and venue information via email to your Zone and Region Chairs and cc me at davidkphung@yahoo.com 

Student Speaker Contest Completion Deadlines: 
  • Club Contests completed on or before 2/23/14 
  • Zone Contests completed on or before 3/16/14 
  • Region Contests completed on or before 4/6/14 
  • District Contests completed on or before 5/4/14 (but not on or between 4/24/14-4/28/14) 
  • Area Contests completed on or before 6/1/14 
  • Final Contest will be held on 6/7/14 at the Council of Governors Meeting (location to be determined) 

As you know, the Student Speaker Contest allows our youth to express their views on important issues in our communities, while affording them the opportunity to earn scholarships to help pay for higher education. This year the Lions Fourth District Student Speaker Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. From this amount, each of the fifteen District winners will receive a $4,500.00 scholarship, each of the four Area winners will receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship. For additional information, including how to donate to the Lions Fourth Student Speaker Foundation, please visit http://ssf.md4lions.org/ 

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s Student Speaker Contest. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me if you need any assistance. Have a great weekend! 

Best Regards, 
David K. Phung 
Mobile: 626-848-6800 
E-mail: davidkphung@yahoo.com 
Ambassador, Children's Hospital L.A. (Vision Center) 
District Student Speaker Contest Chair, Lions Club 4L1 
 Board Member, L.A. Envision Lions Club 


 
2013.09.01    Student Speaker Topic for 2013/14  

This year's topic chosen by the Council of Governors is:   
  
Community Service - What does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?   

You will need to use your District Handbook to get this information to every Club via e-mail. After that, I recommend you follow up with a personal phone call.   

Let every Club know to order their Student Speaker Package from the MD-4 website, no postcard shall be mailed this year. If preferred, any Club can call directly the MD-4 Office to order the Student Speaker package.   

It is very important to also advise that any Club will pay $15 if their package is ordered after October 1st, or if they lose their package.   

There were no rules changes this year to the handbook. This will make your job of training easier. I suggest you prepare your training course/disk/etc. when you have time now.   

Student Speaker packages should be mailed out no later than October 1 of this year.   

CLUBS WISHING TO GET A HEAD START CAN CONTACT THEIR SCHOOLS WITH THIS YEAR'S TOPIC NOW!!! ALL OTHER INFORMATION CAN FOLLOW LATER, BUT IF YOU MAKE COPIES OF LAST YEAR'S HANDBOOK AS FAR AS THE RULES AND JUDGING CRITERIA AT LEAST THE STUDENTS AND COACHES WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK AT AND ASK QUESTIONS ON. LATER, THE UP TO DATE HANDBOOK CAN FOLLOW.   

 
2013.04.30    Watch rare newsreel footage of Helen Keller 

LCI Logo
Watch historic newsreel footage and other rare films of Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in the digital May LION Magazine.
 
View these videos in the LION Magazine (located in the box at the bottom of page 25) to see Helen speak about her greatest disappointment and meet with Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and other legendary figures. Also, a 1950s documentary presents Helen's daily life.
 
2012.10.02    ATTENTION ALL CLUBS!!!

PDG Wayne Hoffmeyer is issuing an urgent appeal for all clubs to "step up" their collections of used eyeglasses.

We're currently out of the supply of used eyeglasses for the Lions In Sight effort going on at the Lancaster prison.  A shipment of approx. 6,200 pairs were picked up a couple weeks ago, headed for the warehouse in Vallejo, but we need to keep the process going in order to prepare for clinic trips.

At the same time we need to continue collecting used cell phones for Lions In Sight, which are recycled in Loveland, Colorado. This effort provides funds for LIS to pay for warehouse expenses.

Gail Adams
 
2012.08.07   
   One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative Update

Dear Fellow Lion,
   
Right now all over the world, there are children who are sick with a fever, runny nose, swollen eyes and cough. Over time, a rash appears. This is no ordinary childhood sickness. This is measles, and it can be deadly. Parents throughout the world experience their child becoming sick with measles just because they do not have access to a simple preventative vaccine.
 
I've always believed that one person can make a difference, but that by acting together, we are able to do so much more. Last year, I challenged you to plant one million trees. You not only met that challenge, you exceeded it by planting 10 million trees. October will mark the anniversary of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's challenge to Lions - raise US$10 million to help eliminate measles to be matched by the Gates Foundation with US$5 million. I not only believe that we will meet their challenge in the coming months, I believe that we can exceed it. This year, we will help millions of children around the world and confirm why the Gates Foundation knows we are such valuable partners.
 
Thanks to many generous Lions, donations to the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative have reached more than US$5 million. But, Lions and LCIF are just halfway to our goal. There is still work to be done.
 
Measles kills hundreds of children each day. Many others suffer from severe complications, including blindness, brain damage and hearing loss. With an inexpensive vaccine made possible by the Measles Initiative, Lions have the power to ensure that children around the world have access to a healthier childhood through a simple vaccination.
 
When we believe, nothing is impossible. It's time to get involved.
 
Sincerely,
 
Wing-Kun Tam
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation
 
 
ongoing    Guidelines to Co-operating with Thieves 
  
If, at dissolution, any of the remaining funds are going to a charitable non-profit 501©(3) organization (such as LCIF, LPCCI, Lions in Sight etc.) then the club is required to file a Form RRF-1 (http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/rrf1_form.pdf)with the Registry of Charitable Trusts, a division of the Attorney General’s office. If the club hasn’t registered yet, they would need to file a form CT-1(http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/charities/charitable/ct1-form.pdf). 

 This is an annual filing with the Registry of Charitable Trusts and the RRF-1 would be filed along with a copy of the club’s Form 990. For some clubs who do not file the 990 or 990-EZ because their total receipts are less than $50,000, they would simply file the RRF-1 alone with no attachments. There is also a fee to go with this based on the gross receipts of the club though it is not significant and it is based on the level of gross receipts that are reported on the Form 990.  
 
 


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