Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TEAMWORK is the key to success

From LCI:  TEAMWORK is the key to success. Be sure to communicate with your GMT-GLT Leaders and Coordinators. They are there to help!

The GMT Resource Center is a convenient online connection to up-to-date membership and club development materials and programs. We encourage you to explore the links to manuals, forms, programs and membership data which we we’ve compiled to support your membership development efforts.

The GMT Coordinator Guidebooks also include recommendatiosns for inviting new members, building new clubs, assessing the needs of your community, revitalizing existing clubs, improving public relations and creating a Web site. You'll find links to service programs, membership data, educational opportunities, Club Excellence Process (CEP) information and presentations, newsletters and archives of correspondence and webinars. Save this Web address to your "favorites."

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Measles and Blindness

Measles and Blindness

Through a Child's Eye by RLJ Photography NYC on Flickr

Photo copyright RLJ Photography NYC

In mid-July, Vaccinews posted a story about two boys a team from the non-profit organization PATH encountered in India.

The first boy, Satish, was 6 and had been blinded from the measles. The second boy, Narendra, was 1, and was being vaccinated against measles and receiving vitamin A during his village’s monthly immunization day.

This story struck a chord with Lions who saw it posted on the One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative Facebook page.

Although entirely preventable, measles continues to kill too many children in our world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 139,300 people died from the disease in 2010, mostly children younger than 5.

Measles complications are often common, and the most serious include brain swelling, severe diarrhea — and blindness, a cause near and dear to the hearts of Lions worldwide.

In 2004, WHO estimated that 100,000 children become blind each year following measles.

“The child, measles and the eye,” a document of WHO, explains that malnourished children are more susceptible to measles-related eye issues and blindness, especially if they are deficient in Vitamin A.
Vitamin A is essential for the eyes and other critical body parts.

“Children who have measles and already have low levels of Vitamin A in their liver reserves may get severe vitamin A deficiency,” the WHO document notes. “One way severe vitamin A deficiency damages the eye and threatens sight is by drying and causing ulceration of the cornea.”

The document points out that in most cases, severe corneal damage due to measles can be prevented if a child has better nutrition status before the disease strikes, if a vitamin A supplement is given early in the acute state of the measles infection and if medical treatment is sought immediately.

Of course, eliminating measles will also eliminate all blindness caused by measles.

Lions around the world are supporting One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative and helping raise $10 million to meet the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s challenge grant.

By working with the Measles & Rubella Initiative and its founding partners, Lions will help save the lives of 157 million children this year — as well as save their sight.

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LCI Century of Service Commemorative Coin

Lions Clubs International
We are very excited to report that S. 1299, the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act, passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday, July 26! Now we need to get the House companion bill, H.R. 2139 passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congress is back in session next week so stay tuned for updates on our coin page.
Breaking News! S. 1299 passes the U.S. Senate, and H.R. 2139 reaches 290 co-sponsors! Congress reconvenes next week before going on Recess August 3. Stay tuned for updates next week!
In recognition of our 100th Anniversary in 2017, LCI is leading efforts to mint 400,000 silver dollars. This is the first step to commemorate our centennial - while raising millions to support our global mission areas for the visually impaired, disabled, youth and those affected by disaster. Lions from all over the globe are exploring similar commemorative campaigns locally.

Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act

We'd like to thank our most recent Senate co-sponsors for their support!
In June, the "Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act," S. 1299/H.R. 2139, was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Senator Jerry Moran, a Lion, and Congressman Peter Roskam thanks to Sandy Spring Lions Club, District 22-C, who formally proposed this opportunity to publicize our accomplishments and raise funds for the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

In order to pass this legislation, 290 co-sponsors in the U.S. House and 67 co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate need to sign on to this bill.

Here is where we need your help! View our current state progress to see if your legislators are co-sponsors. If not, visit the Action Center to find out how you can help!

For More Information

To learn more about this campaign, please read Quick Facts, Frequently Asked Questions, view our Campaign Overview or contact us.

Congratulations to the Lions in the following states for gaining 100% support of their legislators and painting their state blue!
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arkansas
  • DC
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
  • Wyoming
  • Guam
  • Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
Call your legislators today and make your state blue too!

House of Representatives

Yellow is Greater than 50% House Support
Blue is 100% House support
View full list of 290 co-sponsors in the
U.S. House of Representatives


Yellow is 50% Senate Support
Blue is 100% Senate Support


Zone District Contact Information 2012-13

Zone C-6 Club Presidents and Secretaries 2012-13

Zone Chair:  Dee McDermott

E-mail Address
E-mail Address

Penny Coffey
Linda Cumberbatch
Lacey Lamplighters

Dorothy Payne
Joan Marshall
Lacey Mid Day

Fran Harder
Nancy Burri
Lacey Sunrise

Donna Fincke
Terri Warren

George Johnson
Brenda Flaherty

Kim Nelson
Kim Nelson

Diane Dolstad
Linda Gotovac

Curt Nelson
Dave Pratt

C6 Zone Cabinet

Zone Chair
Dee McDermott, Lacey Mid Day
Associate Zone Chair
Donna Fincke, Lacey Sunrise
Immediate Past Zone Chair
Bill Miller, Lacey Sunrise
Pat Baron, Lacey Mid Day
Bulletin Editor
Bill Miller, Lacey Sunrise
Senior Advisor
Evan Burnett, Rainier
Leadership Chair
Bill McDonald, DuPont
Membership Chair
Sugar Murphy, Lacey Sunrise

19C District Cabinet

District Governor
Dave Risley, Poulsbo Evening Pride
Immediate Past District Governor
Rick Drury, Tacoma Downtown
1st Vice District Governor
Marilynn Danby, Tacoma Downtown
2nd Vice District Governor
John Kirry, Gig Harbor
Jeannie Phillips, Gig Harbor
Art Weatherly, Olympia Host
Sharon Sikes, Lacey Sunrise
Jack Ford, Lacey Sunrise
Bill Zidel, Olympia Capital City

Al Hedstrom, Silverdale Sunrise
Bulletin Editor
Nancy Mont/Adams, North Mason
NWLERC Director
Bill Miller, Lacey Sunrise
NW Lions Foundation
Frank Pierce, Tacoma SE
Patrick Taylor, Auburn Noon
Lions Quest
Cheryl Comsia, Lakewood First
Leo Clubs
Kari Morgan, North Mason
Kathy Walsh, North Mason
International Cooperation & Understanding
Dick Risley, Poulsbo Evening Pride
Rick Drury, Tacoma Downtown
Conference Chairs
Dave Pratt, Yelm
Jacqueline Pratt, Yelm

19-C Zone Chairs

Kim Riley, Tacoma SE
Jan Weatherly, Olympia Host
Judy Swanberg, Covington
Bob May, Bremerton Chief Kitsap
Walt Sandor, Eatonville
Dee McDermott, Lacey Mid Day