Lions Clubs International Centennial Service Challenge

centennial_logoOctober is Sight Awareness Month

Participate in October’s Global Service Action Campaign by Sharing the Vision.

As you look for potential sight service projects, find inspiration from clubs throughout the world. Via MyLCI, clubs have reported projects like pre-school vision screenings, arranging talks on low vision, providing a visually impaired child with an iPad to help with schoolwork, organizing a fishing tournament for blind members of the community, and printing and placing large print menus in local restaurants. Sharing the Vision projects reported through MyLCI will count toward the Centennial Service Challenge.

How will your club help us serve 100 million people by 2017?

Every club is encouraged to get involved in a sight project, particularly during October. However sight projects can be done throughout the year. Remember to report your project on MyLCI. A good idea is to partner with another Lions Club near you to share the costs:

Costing for Eye Screening Day Initiatives (pdf)
Costing for Eye Screening Day Initiatives (doc)

PDG Pierre Theron
Sight Awareness Chairperson

Piketberg Lions Inligtingsaand / Information evening

Uitnodiging / Invite

Lions Clubs International LogoDie Nuwe Piketberg Lionsklub nooi die gemeenskap om aan te sluit as Lions, en sodoende ‘n positiewe verskil in die gemeenskap van Piketberg te maak. U is baie welkom om ‘n inligtingsvergadering op 18 September by te woon. Hier kan u meer leer oor Lions se doelwitte en werksaamhede.

The New Piketberg Lions Club is seeking men and women to join them in making a difference in the community. The club is hosting an information session for people who want to learn more about the club and its work. We invite you to join us.

Wanneer / When: 18 September 2014
Waar / Where: Biblioteeksaal Piketberg / Library Hall Piketberg
Tyd / Time: 18h30
RSVP: Voor/before 16 Sep 2014,, 079 583 8439

Verversings sal na afloop van vergadering bedien word / Refreshments will be served.

Volg Piketberg Lions op Facebook / Follow Piketberg Lions on Facebook
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Dr. Lutz van Dijk, Citizen of the Year – 2014

Citizen of the year, Dr. Lutz van Dijk

Citizen of the year, Dr. Lutz van Dijk

Our District 410A, honoured Dr. Lutz van Dijk of HOKISA with a Citizen of the Year award. This achievement recognition, in the form of a Melvin Jones Fellowship was presented to Dr van Dijk by our District Governor Moira Theron at her Welcome Home Breakfast Gala.

A little history on Dr. Lutz van Dijk

“…is a German-Dutch writer, born in Berlin in 1955. He began as a teacher in Hamburg (Germany), later he joined the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Since 2001 he is at home in Cape Town (South Africa), where he became a founding member and Co-Director of HOKISA, a South African NGO which cares for children affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS.
HOKISA_logoMost of his books are written in German and translated into many other languages (like Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, isiXhosa – and English). Lutz van Dijk has received several literary awards, among them the Namibian Youth Literature Award (1997) and the German Gustav-Heinemann-Peace-Award (2001).

Next to Germany and Holland, where he is on reading tours twice a year, he has given readings in schools, libraries, bookshops and with human rights groups in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, England, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain and outside of Europe in countries in Western and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the USA.“

Dr. Lutz has a PhD; he is a qualified teacher for special education of disturbed children; writer (free-lance); volunteer fundraiser and coordinator of Amakhaya Ngoku housing project in Masiphumelele.

His most recent books are set in South Africa and his work includes a “History of Africa” with a foreword by Archbishop EM. Desmond tutu. All royalties from his South African books are donated to the Hokisa home, and form a major financial support for this project.

Dr. Lutz van Dijk, HOKISA

Dr. Lutz van Dijk, HOKISA

Characteristically, Dr Lutz van Dijk’s main concern is developmental, and his focus at all times is on those who have been marginalized, helping them to discover their abilities and nurturing them to grow into their full potential as human beings.

DG Moira Theron gave such an insightful introduction of Dr Lutz van Dijk and everyone present was overwhelmed with what he has achieved over the years. We are proud to have honoured one of many of South Africa’s unsung heroes.