Celebrating 100 Years of LCI and the Future of Giving

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2017 »   
Logo for Chicago 100th Lions Clubs International Convention

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is celebrating 100 years of service at their annual international conference in Chicago, Illinois June 30–July 4, 2017. Leader Dog team members are excited to join over 30,000 Lions from around the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the organization. The convention is an opportunity for Lions to attend seminars, vote on the future of Lions Club International, take in the sights of Chicago and learn about Leader Dog.

Leader Dog team members will be giving presentations during the convention. We look forward to meeting and thanking Lions, Lionesses and Leos for their 78 years of unwavering support for the Leader Dog mission.

Over 4,900 Lions clubs support Leader Dog annually and were an instrumental part of the campaign for our Canine Development Center. We will also have the opportunity to extend our gratitude to the international Lions friends who stop by our booth.

A large group of Lions members wearing yellow and blue Lions Club t-shirts pose for a group photo. The front row holds a giant check for $20,000 to Leader Dogs for the Blind

Members of the Eynon-Archbald Lions Club of
District 14-H in Pennsylvania present Leader
Dog with a check for $20,000.

Lions Clubs International introduced a global service framework that focuses on five areas of service: diabetes, vision, environment, hunger relief and pediatric cancer. Since two of those areas (vision and diabetes) are in direct alignment with our mission, we are excited to continue to work with Lions clubs to confront and address these critical issues.

We look forward to celebrating 100 years of service in Chicago, but more importantly to continuing our strong partnership with Lions Club International, the global leader in humanitarian services. For more information on Lions club giving or on how you or your club can get involved with Leader Dog, please contact Kathleen Breen, director of Lions engagement at 248/218.6407.

Lions supported our Canine Development Center Campaign to the tune of $2,566,900 through a combination of matching LCIF Grants, club gifts and pledges, and individual gifts and pledges. In all, over 2,700 Lions, Lioness and Leo Clubs contributed to the campaign!