The Melvin Jones Fellowship (MJF) is the backbone of our foundation. Presented to those who donate US$1,000 to LCIF or to people for whom a donation was made by others, it’s a tremendous contribution to humanity and to the legacy of our founder, Melvin Jones.
Before there were over 1.4. million Lions around the world, there was one man with a vision. He was a salesman from Chicago, Illinois, USA, named Melvin Jones. Driven by a dynamic personality and a heart filled with kindness, he helped create a service movement over 100 years ago that’s still thriving today.
The MJF Program was established in 1973 in honor of Melvin Jones. New MJFs receive a pin, commemorative plaque and a letter from the LCIF Chairperson. If the donor so chooses, he/she may use their donation credit to recognize another individual with a MJF.
Lions Club International Foundation
Founded in 1968, LCIF’s mission is, “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.”
During LCIF’s 50th Anniversary year, Past International President Dr Jitsuhiro Yamada, Champaign Chairperson and Past International President J Frank Moore III, Vice Chairperson, announced the launch of Campaign 100: LCIF Empowering Service.
Since its inception, LCIF has granted millions in humanitarian and especially disaster relief grants to Lions who are provided needed service in the middle of events happening around them.
“For people who are blind or visually impaired, the loss of sight is only the beginning of a life-changing reality. As the simplest to the most complex everyday tasks become daunting, these individuals often become depressed, anxious and isolated.
Leader Dog is the answer for thousands of people in critical need of our services. Because we believe every person deserves equal opportunity for independent travel, all of our services are provided at no cost, covering expenses for training, room, and board, and travel to our campus from anywhere in North America.”
“Texas is the second largest state in the union, and is home to 850 clubs and over 23,000 members. Each year, Texas Lions contribute nearly two million service hours helping their communities and charitable organizations. Texas was divided most recently into 16 districts, all within Multiple District 2.”
The gem of Texas, Texas Lions Camp is situated in beautiful Texas Hill Country of Kerrville. Built on a dream that started at the Council of Governor’s meeting in 1948, six of the (then) 8 governors were in attendance and all needed to sign for it to pass into effect. All six did. The biggest supporter was Lion Jack Wiech who traveled Texas trying to gain the funds needed to secure the loan for the 504 acre space. He would state over and over, “that a child is handicapped through no fault of his own, and every child has the right to a happy childhood.” He told them that hundreds of youngsters with disabilities would benefit from such a camp. And he was right.
Founded by PID Edwin H. Flood during the 1983-84 Council of Governors. This Council of Governors approved the Articles of Incorporation and the Texas Lions ratified it at their 1984 State Convention. A preliminary meeting of the Foundation was held in Kerrville the first weekend of August, 1984. The first organizational meeting of the Foundation was held in San Antonio on November 3, 1984 where the Constitution and By-Laws were adopted and PID Ed Flood was elected the first Chairman.
Texas Lions Foundation is committed to filling humanitarian needs in Texas but also throughout the world. As a public, non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, its purpose is to promote human welfare by careful application of contributed funds.
TLF concentrates its efforts in two areas: humanitarian services and disaster relief. The Foundation strives to support projects that, while falling into one of these two categories, also have long-term and far reaching effects, and promote the objectives of the Texas Lions Foundation. Overall, the Foundation maintains a strong commitment to helping people achieve their own potential, and to implementing projects that make permanent and positive changes.
The generalized mission of TLERC is simple, provide a low cost option of glasses to support vision training, screenings and sight assistance with the help of Lions to under-served children in Texas and around the world. The reality is that there is so much more. Lions from across the state of Texas collect and recycle used eyeglasses that are cleaned, measured and stored until such a time when an order or mission trip is on way to help others.
It can’t be said better than their homepage, “The mission of World Services for the Blind is to empower people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States and around the world to achieve sustainable independence.
World Services for the Blind is one of a kind. By offering life skills and career training programs in one location, we are the most comprehensive rehabilitation center for people who are blind or visually impaired. Our approach allows students to receive services tailored specifically to their needs. From essential life skills that ensure an individual’s ability to live independently to technology based career-path programs designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experience that will allow them to compete in today’s high-tech job market, our programs put our students on the path to sustainable independence.”
Building on the concept of Research, Collect, & Preserve, the Texas Lions Museum concept came to life at the State Convention of 2017. Located in a main thoroughfare in Kerrville, Texas, the museum will soon become a destination to learn about how Lions throughout Texas have shared their hearts with the community and the world.