Lions Meet Their Centennial Service Challenge

Published in: Update - Issue 1 - 2017 »   
Photo the glass windows of the puppy viewing area in the Canine Development Center

Wilmington Manor Lions Club’s named the puppy
viewing area in our new Canine Development
Center. This naming opportunity is considered a
Legacy Project.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International (LCI) and true to form, Lions are celebrating by doing even more. At the 2014 International Convention, LCI presented Lions worldwide with the Centennial Service Challenge and the goal to serve 100 million people by June 30, 2018. Lions have already exceeded the goal by serving over 132 million people worldwide!

The Centennial Service Challenge encourages Lions to focus their efforts in four key areas:

  • Engaging Our Youth including sponsoring Leo clubs, participating in the Youth Camp & Exchange Program and organizing local Peace Poster Contests.
  • Sharing the Vision by conducting vision screenings, providing Braille and large-print books to local libraries, and organizing sporting events for people who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Relieving the Hunger through collections for food banks, delivering meals to the elderly or disabled, and supporting community garden projects.
  • Protecting Our Environment with recycling projects, building wells and latrines in communities in need, and community cleanup campaigns.

Efforts are organized as Centennial Projects which range from Level 1—Raise Your Community Awareness to Level 3—Make a Community Impact. By donating to Leader Dog’s Canine Development Center, 97 Lions clubs reached Level 3. Donations of $7,500+ allowed the clubs to name an area of our new state-of-the-art facility.

“Lions clubs are known for their efforts to save sight, but we do so much more,” said Joe Preston, Lions International President in 2014–15. “The Centennial Service Challenge highlights the important humanitarian work we do and our impact in communities around the world.”

With a century of service to build on, the Centennial Service Challenge shows Lions’ commitment to serve even more people. They truly are living out the centennial theme of “Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion.”

A gift of $7,500 or more to our Canine Center gets you a naming opportunity and qualifies as a Centennial Community Legacy project. Call Kathleen Breen, director of Lions engagement at 248/218.6407 to learn more about this meaningful opportunity.