LIONS NEWS BRIEFS DIGITAL LION PREMIERS The new, improved digital LION debuts with this issue. The July/August online issue includes videos and bonus stories. Slide shows and other enhancements will be included in future issues. Many links take Lions to sites of interest and sites relevant to articles. Lions also can share articles they like on social networks. Lions can check out the digital version each month by searching for “LION Magazine” at www.lionsclubs.org. Or when a camera icon appears in a story, Lions can go to the digital version to view a relevant video. BANNER PATCHES FOR MEASLES Clubs that contribute to the Lions Measles Initiative (see page 38) can receive a banner patch from LCIF. Clubs that donate an average of $50, $100 or $250 and above per member will receive a corresponding One Shot, One Life: Lions Measles Initiative patch. Membership is based as of Jan. 1, 2012. Visit www.lcif.org to learn more. TAJIKISTAN JOINS LIONS DEN The Republic of Tajikistan is the newest Lions country. The mountainous nation in Central Asia saw its first club chartered in the spring, becoming the 207th Lions’ country or geographic region. New Club President Zafarkhon Rizoev was recognized in June at the 95th International Convention in Busan, Korea. Tajikistan was part of the Soviet Republic until it gained its independence in 1991. Its population is about 7.3 million. LIONS FLAVOR G-8 SUMMIT You work up a good appetite guarding the U.S. president and other world leaders. So Thurmont Lions in Maryland were happy to prepare their signature barbecue pork sandwiches, beef sandwiches and coconut cream pies and staff a food stand for U.S. Secret Service agents and other security forces at the G-8 Summit in May at Camp David. Thirty-five Lions worked around-the-clock from a Friday morning to a Saturday night to feed the agents, grateful for the hot food instead of the energy bars and snacks they often rely on. Thurmont is the nearest town to Camp David, and Frederick County officials recommended the Lions to the Secret Service. The Lions had to undergo background checks and proceed through multiple checkpoints to reach the food stand, across the street from Camp David. The agents often thanked the Lions for the “incredible food service” and began to recognize them at the checkpoints but still diligently carried out their security checks. SILVER DOLLAR GAINS SUPPORT The Lions’ 2017 commemorative silver dollar is closer to becoming a reality. As of late June, the coin had 262 of the 290 sponsors needed in the U.S. House of Representatives and 54 of the 67 sponsors needed in the Senate. The goal is to reach sponsorship requirements by September. The coin will help mark the 100th anniversary of LCI. Congress approves only two commemorative coins each year. LCI will collect $10 for each coin sold, which typically sell for around $30. The estimated $8 million to be raised through the sale of the coins will be used by LCIF to help the visually impaired, youths, those with disabilities and those affected by disasters. Lions are asked to write or call their representatives to help secure the final sponsors needed. The LCI website has more information on the silver dollar campaign (www.lionsclubs.org/coin) as well as tips on contacting lawmakers. BY THE NUMBERS 140 Average number of entries in the Annual Loggerodeo Grand Parade in Washington on July 4. The Sedro- Woolley Lions have staged the parade for 63 years. 6 Duration in days of the Brownsburg Fourth of July Extravaganza in Indiana, sponsored by Brownsburg Lions. 90 Time in minutes Beaumont Lions in California can put up or take down 100 U.S. flags at businesses around town using a trailer custom designed to post and retrieve flags. 14 Consecutive years that L.C. Neel, a homebuilder, has purchased the bushel of best peaches at an auction at the Porter Peach Festival benefiting the Porter Lions in Oklahoma. Last year Neel’s winning bid was $1,350. 74 Barbecue teams from 14 states that competed in the Third Annual HAVA BBQ London Bridge Style, held at the London Bridge and hosted by the Lake Havasu City London Bridge Lions in Arizona. 180 Students given a “checkbook” and a pretend salary and expenses such as mortgage payments, groceries and car insurance as part of the Hudson High School Reality Store, sponsored by Hudson Lions in Wisconsin to teach money management skills. 22 Members of the Surfside Beach South Strand Lions Club in South Carolina after membership had dropped to three a few years ago. 30 Amount of donation in dollars suggested to the public by the Chowchilla Lions in California for the club’s operation of the Berenda Reservoir, a water recreation area, after the city ceased its maintenance because of budgetary concerns. 23 YEARS AGO IN THE LION JULY 1989 Lion George F. Walter of Baltimore is profiled as the 20,000th Melvin Jones Fellow. He was given a complimentary trip to the international convention in Miami to receive the honor. Currently, there are 331,684 Melvin Jones Fellows. CLUB OF THE MONTH SPOKANE CENTRAL LIONS CLUB, WASHINGTON YEAR FOUNDED: 1922 MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS: Meetings open with the Pledge of Allegiance and include a different program each week. The 115 members range in age from their 30s to 92. Many of the club’s newest members are women. RELIVING HISTORY: The district’s oldest and largest club celebrated its 90th anniversary last spring in the same room at a historic downtown hotel where the Lions held their charter banquet. BUILDING FUTURE LEADERS: The Lions give kids a leg up through awards for high school debaters, college scholarships and sponsoring a Leo club as well as a new campus Lions club at Washington State University. SUMMER FUN: The club has provided support for a Girl Scout camp since 1937. After purchasing a beautiful 130-acre property, the Lions put it on permanent loan to the Girl Scouts. Each year a crew of Lions helps set up and take down the camp. MAKING A SPLASH: Each August the Lions give low-income children a big treat by sponsoring a free day at a public swimming pool. More than 400 children and their families cool off in the pool and enjoy free ice cream provided by Lions. AN AUDIBLE DIFFERENCE: For the past 40 years, the Lions have conducted hearing screenings for preschoolers. Each year they screen at least 350 children. And, if needed, refer them to the University Hearing and Speech Center. PARTICIPATION PRIDE: After calculating how many members participated in 2011 by attending meetings, serving on committees, making donations, working at events or engaging in hands-on service, the Lions proudly discovered that 91 percent of their membership had made a contribution to the club mission in some way. WHY BE A LION? “Lions are paying it forward because we serve and the community receives this ‘payment.’ It is a chance to serve the community while making great friends and learning more about yourself.” –Lion Ed Brandstoettner OVERHEARD “We can always throw money at people. But this fills a need.” –Bob Boeck of the St. Paul Park Newport Lions Club in Minnesota on the handicap-accessible van donated to a family with twin teenage sons with muscular dystrophy. From the South Washington County Bulletin. “It made no sense. This is someone who can get back to work if we just get her over this hump.” –Ahad Mahootchim, who directs the Eye Clinic of Florida, on 54-year-old Karen Cole, whose cornea transplant was made possible by the Zephyrhills Lions Club and the Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind. From The Tampa Tribune. “Doing good deeds is very cool.” –Larry Potash, co-anchor of the WGN Morning News in Chicago, commenting on the Lions’ rap video (January 2012 LION). 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