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2013.11

Philippines Typhoon Disaster 


Dear Lion Members,  

Super Typhoon Haiyan has struck the Philippines, and is continuing to wreak havoc in central areas of the country. Some reports have indicated it is the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land in recorded history. The extent of the destruction is beyond imagination and the death toll is thus more than 200, mostly confirmed in the city of Tacloban, and quickly rising as communications are reestablished with other areas of the Philippines. The stories about the suffering are widespread and heartbreaking and the need for massive and immediate relief is urgent.  

I know that Lions Clubs International Foundation will be there with strong financial support and the Lions of the Philippines will be out in force to provide food, shelter, clothing and medical assistance to the thousands of people who will desperately need the help. They have already sent emergency grant for $30,000 and another $100,000 was also sent. They will be sending much more.

I request the clubs and members of our District 4-L1 to come forward and donate for this cause.  

If you decide to send check to LCIF, you may send it directly and inform me or you may send the check to me and I will forward all the checks from our District to them.Donations to this fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible.  

Although I am hoping for the best, the predictions are that we need to be prepared for the worst. I ask that you also keep the Lions of Multiple District 301-Philippines and the Filipino people in your thoughts and prayers.  

Thanks.  

Lucky PDG Yasin Lakhani 
Chairman: LCIF Committee - District 4-L1 
lzzzy@aol.com 
W: (818) 993-1786, 
C: (818) 522-0786 
“Service - A way of Life”  

more from Lita
 

Hello Everyone,  

Per request of Council Chair Derek Ledda, I am forwarding to you his email regarding the Haiyan disaster (Typhoon) in the Philippines.  

It is really very sad flight that befell the Visayan area with this super strong typhoon that killed 10,000 people in just one area. Rescuers are still looking and are finding more bodies all over town.  

The typhoon hit areas not only poor but very very poor (super) people. They lost lives of relatives plus their belongings which is not much. No food, water, light.  

Kindly forward this message to your club member. LCI Disaster Relief dept. has been sending assistance to the Philippines. If you wish to help just mail to the Lions Club International Foundation or you may contact PDG Lucky for further assistance.  

Thank you all. Lita Guidotti 
Cell: (818) 388-0303 
Fax: (818) 626-9536 
email: litagui@aol.com  

 From Derek  

The situation in the Philippines in the wake of Super Storm Haiyan is being described as worse than hell. Tens of thousands of victims, some of whom may well be friends and relatives of California Lions, are without food, water, shelter, medical help and power. The death toll is projected to rise to at least 10,000 in one city alone. Although I was happy to read in the attached link to Immediate Past International President Wayne Madden's call to action that the Lions Clubs International Foundation has already sent $30,000 and has earmarked at least $70,000 more for immediate emergency relief, an enormous amount of help will still be needed to meet the overwhelming need now and into the future. Many Lions will respond to the news of the devastation with a generous outpouring of support to help alleviate the suffering of the countless number of victims of the worst storm in recent history.  

Please act now to make an individual donation and/or club donation in any amount you can afford to LCIF for the Super Storm Haiyan relief effort. I also ask that you sponsor club, District and community fundraisers to add to your support, every dollar of which will help to save and sustain lives. Remember that you or your club can receive credit towards the purchase of a Melvin Jones Fellowship by donating to LCIF for Haiyan disaster relief. Encourage your District Lions as well as your non-Lion friends, family, co-workers and potential community partners to also donate online to LCIF's relief effort by letting them know that: 
  1. 100% of what they donate will go directly to disaster relief with nothing taken out for administrative expenses . 
  2. Their donations will go to a 501(c)(3) non-profit making their donation tax deductible. 
  3. Like the $30,000 that LCIF sent to the Philipppines within 24 hours, Lions cut through all the red tape to immediately deliver the badly needed money to Lions already on site in the emergency areas to help direct the funds to where it's most needed. 
  4. There is follow up and oversight over the funding grants to ensure that the money donated is legitimately spent. 
  5. Lions Clubs International has a world wide reputation and expertise for effectively providing disaster services. 
  6. Donating can be done easily on line using a procedure, which is accessible in IPP Wayne's message below, that will provide the donor with evidence of the donation.  
Please share this with your club officers and members and join me in making a personal or club donation right away and consider organizing District and community fundraising projects to add to your support. 

Here's the link to access the easy online procedure IPIP Wayne provides for making your donation. http://lionsclubs.org/blog/2013/11/08/lions-disaster-relief-for-super-typhoon-haiyan/ 

Please contact your LCIF Chairperson or the MD-4 LCIF Coordinator Roger Powell at kpow@charter.net if you need more information about making a donation to LCIF. Thanks for doing all you can to help the thousands of desperate men, women and children in the Philippines who are depending on you.  

Lion Derek 
Council Chairperson 
Multiple District 4 
Lions Club International 
lion_dll@yahoo.com 

More from Lucky 

 Dear Lion Members,  

Thank you for responding to my last message.  . I have received many calls, emails and checks since then. Within a week we were able to get the commitments from the clubs and individuals from our District. The total has reached approx.$7,000 including $1,000 personal donation by DG Josephine Louie. I am thankful to the following Lions clubs: Palmdale, Tehachapi, LA Mid Valley, North Hollywood, Northridge, North West Glendale.  

I now request the Presidents and Secretaries of the Clubs to please consider donating to LCIF for disaster fund - Typhoon Haiyan. Inform your club members and request to do personal donations also. If you decide to send a check to LCIF, you may send it directly and inform me or you may send the check to me and I will forward all the checks from our District to them. Donations to this fund are Melvin Jones Fellowship eligible.  

Some questions were asked to our MD-4 LCIF Coordinator, PCC Roger Powell and he addressed those questions which will be helpful to most of you. Here is the extract of the answers.  
LCIF Charity ID number is 23-7939455. Donors should also be assured that upon receipt of their donations, LCIF will send a letter directly to the club for their files for use for tax purposes (even if you send the checks to me and I forward them)  

How can districts get credit for donations by non-Lions? ; 
Per LCIF: The district or club will receive credit if the non-member indicates who s/he is associated with when making the donation. The donors also can give their MJF credit to the club/district, if they wish. Recommended language: "My/Our donation is affiliated with District 4-L1, and I/we transfer our associated MJF credit to the district." If the donation is being made online, this information can be entered in the box for special instructions.
  
Why is LCIF not listed in publications/tv alerts, etc. as an organization participating in the relief efforts. LCIF staff assures that this information is widely circulated to media outlets everywhere. I am to receive a list of where this info was sent and which ones picked it up. 
 
How are the monies from LCIF being used? LCIF monies for disaster relief are typically directed to the District Governors in the affected areas. They administer the use of the funds to provide assistance to those in need. As the representatives of LCIF at the scene, they make decisions within LCIF guidelines as to how the money should be spent.  

Lions Clubs International Foundation has mobilized more than US$1 million for relief in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda). This includes US$130,000 in grants immediately provided by LCIF. These funds will allow Lions to provide for basic needs including food, water, clothing and medicine, as well as provide long-term disaster relief efforts and reconstruction. 
 
You can read a message from the LCIF Chairperson, learn more about LCIF disaster relief efforts and make a donation towards disaster relief online - www.lcif.org.  

Thank you for your support.  
Lucky  

Update: Club Donations List 
Here is a list of donations by Clubs 

More from Lucky 

I have no words to thank all the Lions Clubs of our District for their contribution for disaster relief in Philippines. 17 Clubs (which I am aware of) out of 34 clubs in our District responded to the call, but I am sure that there are many more who have not reported to me. 13 of these clubs have contributed to LCIF towards the disaster relief fund. The total amount contributed has reached $17,000, out of which $5,000 has been donated by Ridgecrest Lions Club and $3,000 by Palmdale Lions Club. 

The detail list of all the clubs who have donated is above at Club Donations List

4 Clubs of Sierra Region (Bishop, Lone Pine, Independence, and Mammoth) have done remarkable work in contributing more than $8,000 towards the expenses of doctors of Mammoth Medical Group who visited Philippines. A local medical team from Sierra Region was on the way to Mexico on a humanitarian mission. They diverted to the Philippines when they heard of the need for medical care. The 15 surgeons, doctors, and medical volunteers in the Mammoth Medical Missions group were the first medical team on the ground on the island of Leyte after the typhoon. They were in the Philippines for about a week performing about 50 surgeries a day. 

All 4 Lions Clubs in the area (Bishop, Lone Pine, Independence, and Mammoth) as well as the four Rotary clubs in the area joined to raise money to help the group pay for travel expenses and medical supplies that the team used. They were successful in collecting more than $8000 for the cause. 

So far over one million has been donated by LCIF for disaster relief in the Philippines and this amount has been used to purchase tents, constructing water purification systems, setting up relief centers and establishing tent villages for the refugees. LCIF has set up a coordinating committee of lions leaders in the area as they are in the best position to determine and respond to the needs left in the wake of the typhoon. For further details and pictures visit www.lionsclubs.org and click on Philippines Relief latest updates.