Lions Clubs International Foundation – Funds from LCIF are for emergency grants (such as recent tornadoes across our country, flooding in foreign lands and closer to home, the Dexter Tornadoes of 2012). These grants provide for local projects beyond the scope that District can provide. The District applied for and received a grant of over $10,000 to purchase the new SPOT vision screening cameras to use screening those from as young as six months to age 99.

Lions of Michigan Foundation – LMF provides grants for catastrophic medical emergencies, cataract surgeries and hearing aids. Project Kid Sight is now under the umbrella of LMF, as well. Lion Mints are available for fund raising efforts such as Candy Days and canisters throughout our communities. Mints for the Military are also available for our troops.

District Project (undesignated) – As indicated in the title, funds from here help supplement other district projects or committees, as the needs arise.

Michigan Youth Challenge Academy (MYCA) – This group of young men and women perform the duties as honor guard/color guard presentations at our various District functions. They have also helped in service to the Deaf Picnic and projects of the Battle Creek area clubs. This association with these young adults exposes them to service oriented programs.

Alert (Disaster) – This fund helps with areas where emergencies might occur, such as fires, flooding or tornadoes in our District.

Children’s Services – This fund is available to work with children and their needs. Most recently this fund was used for visually impaired children, back pack programs and others.

Diabetes – Diabetes is in epidemic proportions in this country. The Diabetic Committee goes to various public events to do testing and gives learning opportunities for those affected with this disease.

Hearing and Speech – Monies are used to assist in funding of hearing aids for financially needy individuals. This account helps fund the Deaf Picnic with is held annually in Region III, but attracting individuals from across the District and state.

International Understanding- Monies are used to help fund travel for eye glass missions expand international understanding via the Twinning Program and Youth Exchange.

Kid Sight – Helps our District fund the many screenings which occur throughout our District.

Leos of Michigan (District) – This fund allows the extra monies necessary for Leos to participate in the many District activities such as the Spring Leadership Forum and District Convention and other regional and international events.

Peace Poster – The District provides each participant with an award for either a poster or essay from Clubs within our District. Some funds there are administrative expenses to purchase display boards and postage.

Sight Conservation – The fund provides emergency funds to provide vision services for individuals when a local club is not available or financially able.

Sight Mobile –Monies are needed to continue with on-going maintenance of the Sight Mobile. Monies are also needed for mileage and insurance expenses.

Youth Exchange – Monies are used to help with students’ traveling expenses. Though students do earn monies on their own, some fall deficient in raising enough monies.

Youth Outreach – Schools with QUEST programs may receive funding via this fund.  Also used for youth programs to promote education and cooperation.

When a Lion Dies – This is an ADMINISTRATIVE program so funds must come from the administrative account of the club. This program provides District remembrances and ceremony to honor deceased Lions. The funds are for administrative costs such as certificates, folders and pins for the Honor Guard.

Winter Camp for the Blind - Over 50 visually impaired adult campers and helpers attend the Winter Camp the first weekend of February at the Outdoor Education Center on Clear Lake in Dowling. Campers experienced snowmobiling, mule driven hay rides, nature hikes, bingo and crafts. They learn arts & crafts, have a talent show and meet up with old friends with an opportunity to make new friends.

Descriptions of our State/Multiple District 11/Joint District Projects, Bear Lake Camp, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Michigan All-State Band, Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund, Paws with a Cause, Penrickton Center for Blind Children and Radio Reading Services can be found in the District Roster.

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