All State Band
Each year from 1948 to 1977, a high school band was selected to represent the Lions of Michigan in the annual parade at their international convention. In 1978, an all-state band was organized to honor and play for an incoming Lions International President from Michigan. The Lions All State Band was created and has appeared annually at conventions thereafter.The All State Band has since become one of the Michigan Lions’ most acclaimed youth activities. The success of the band is attributable to outstanding students, excellent instructors, and dedicated support staff. Students from over 300 Michigan high schools and communities have participated in the band since its inception. The band averages 90-110 students.
Performances center around the band’s appearance at the Lions Clubs International Convention, held in major cities throughout the world during late June or early July. Additional concerts and appearances are scheduled enroute to the convention site or during the homeward journey. The annual tour generally lasts 7 to 10 days. Major cities where the band has performed include Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco, New Orleans, Honolulu, Philadelphia, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Montreal.
Band members from Michigan schools, grades 9 through 12, are eligible to audition for the Lions Band. The band includes traditional woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, and also has an auxiliary unit. It is not an honors band, and includes a broad range of performance levels. Band members are selected during the annual audition weekend in January. Accommodations with local families are provided at no charge to students who live beyond a reasonable driving distance of the audition site. Each November, a mailing is sent to high school directors throughout Michigan. It contains audition information, application forms, and highlights of the current year’s tour.
Students are responsible for paying their own tour fee. They may approach local Lions Clubs, band boosters, service clubs, and other community organizations for financial assistance. However, funds not raised through these efforts must be paid by the individual band members. Full payment must be received at least one month prior to departure. Lions Clubs pay the administrative costs of the band, including music, supplies, telephone, postage, insurance, dress uniforms, instruments, equipment, rent of rehearsal facilities, and staff costs. Some Lions Clubs also choose to donate money toward the trip fees of individual band members.
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Diabetes Outreach Network
The Diabetes Outreach Network is a community health project that has been in existence since 1985 that provides educational programs to update health care professionals on diabetes issues.
They also develop and share materials on diabetes prevention, detection, and treatment. Work with community groups and media sources to alert the public that diabetes is very common, costly, always serious, and controllable. Assist agencies and providers with setting up diabetes care management systems to measure outcomes.
Lions of Michigan Service Foundation
Located in Lansing, Michigan, the Lions of Michigan Service Foundation (LMSF) is a charitable organization that exists to assist in the betterment of the quality of life of people in Michigan having unmet needs. The LMSF provides financial support in cases where the need for services exceeds the funding capacity of a single Lions Club. Some of the LMSF objectives are:
- Sight & Hearing Conservation
- Medical Care & Expenses
- Activities For The Disabled
- Emergency Disaster Relief
- Community Development
- Youth Activities & Services
The mission of Eversight is the restoration of sight. In order to fulfill this mission, Eversight provides corneal tissue for transplantation, supports eye and vision research and promotes public awareness of the need for eye donors.
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