Gordon F. Smith CARE Fellowship
he Gordon F. Smith CARE Fellowship was launched by Multiple District 19 in 2004 in honor of PDG Gordon F. Smith, who served as the MD19 Executive Secretary–Treasurer from 1960 to 1985. Gordon Smith initiated a long–standing Lions–CARE partnership. He bacame the first recipient of the Fellowship at the 2004 MD19 Fall Forum in Richmond, British Columbia.
CARE, which Lions have chosen to partner with on international projects since 1958, is one of the world's leading humanitarian and philanthropic organizations. It is dedicated to working with the poorest of the poor.
This year, MD19 is funding a 2 year “Girls With Opportunities” CARE pilot project in Peru. The project targets 4,569 girls at 19 schools in Huancavelica and Ica, in southern Peru. The focus of the project is to empower adolescent girls from rural and marginalized urban areas with better quality education and opportunities to learn important social skills.
Award A Fellowship
Lions and Lioness Clubs are now able to purchase Gordon F. Smith CARE Fellowships for every $50000 (U.S. Funds or Canadian funds) donated to CARE through MD19 during a Lions year.
Fellowships can be awarded to a Lion or to any individual a Lion or Lioness club wants to honor. Fellowship recipients receive a beautiful pin and a certificate. Gordon F. Smith Fellowships can be presented at the club, zone or district levels.
If your club would like to have a fellowship awarded, complete an application form and send it to the MD19 Lions Office. If you would like more information, please contact the MD19 Lions Office by email, or call (360) 733-4911. CARE donations must be made to and processed by the MD19 office, not directly to CARE, to qualify for a Felllowship award.
A Gordon F. Smith Fellowship is an additional way to support the CARE project chosen by MD19 each year. Through CARE, MD19 Lions have helped build clean water systems, improve maternal health for women and children, stop the sexual exploitation of children and fill many other philanthropic needs throughout the world.
Earn A Banner Patch
In addition to the Fellowship, any MD19 Lions Club contributing a minimum of $500 per member during the Lions Year (July 1 to June 30) will receive a CARE banner patch. The first year a club reaches the minimum of $500 per member, a starter patch with the word CARE on it will be sent along with a year rocker patch. After the first year, only the year patch will be sent.