When planning a visit to Zimbabwe, Hooksett Lion Melody Whitcher reached out to the Mutare Lions Club there. Whitcher brought with her 50 pairs of eyeglasses and 300 hand-knit dishcloths from New Hampshire to present to Lions and others. After their warm greeting and time together, the two clubs are now enjoying a twinning relationship. Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, Lion Mel Hartman has led a volunteer effort to make wooden toys for children in need for more than 20 years. In 2011 Hartman’s TLC Toys made and distributed more than 29,000 toys, bringing the grand total to 273,000 toys since 1990. Children from New Orleans to Haiti to Iraq have had special presents to open at the holidays thanks to this program. Paige Sheffield of the Wewoka Lions Club in Oklahoma traveled to Pasadena, California, to help decorate the 2012 Rose Parade Donate Life Float. The float serves as a memorial to organ and tissue donors and helps inspire the world to give the gift of life through donation. An image of her son, Jayce Ray, who was a heart valve and cornea donor, was featured on the float. Bella Vista Lions in Arkansas planted a pink dogwood tree in honor of Past International Director Donald McGee. Retired lawyer William Cline recently celebrated his 101st birthday. Except for a brief separation due to World War II, Cline has been a Lion for more than 70 years. During his military service, Cline successfully defended baseball great Jackie Robinson in a military court martial case; a television movie about the case was broadcast in 1990. Knowlton Lions Club member Charles Weldon in Quebec, Canada, donated 10 acres of forested land as well as a conservation servitude that spans 59 acres to the Mount Echo Conservation Association, ensuring the protection and care of the property. Hardy Powell, a Bedford Lion in Nova Scotia, Canada, received the Caring Canadian Award for his contributions to his community and humanity through his 52 years as a Lion. The Governor General of Canada, representative of Queen Elizabeth II, presented the award. Jefferson Lion Gertie L. Beauford celebrated her 100th birthday. She and her late husband, Leonard M. Beauford, were instrumental in launching and supporting the Louisiana Lions Camp. Rural Valley, Pennsylvania, Lions Bonnie and Elwood Thomas are enjoying training Gracie, the third dog they have opened their home to for the Leader Dogs for the Blind program. Shortly after joining the Jurupa District Lions in California, Essie Fischer pledged to collect 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses in August 2011. Fischer surpassed her goal and turned in 1,200 pairs. She also initiated a club newsletter and yearbook. Elkton, Michigan, Lion Floyd Farver, 101, recently helped deliver food baskets to those in need. Dick Walworth has been a proud charter member of three Lions clubs: Orange, Valley Center and Encinitas (his current club), all in California. Walworth’s contributions to the Lions include the establishment of the Richard Walworth Leo Club Scholarship. LION ON THE BEACH Dave Hollyoake of Arnes, Manitoba, Canada, 5M 11 district governor, catches up on Lions’ news while vacationing in Santa Clara, Cuba. A Lion even while on holiday, Hollyoake brings school supplies, work gloves and other needed items to Cubans in need. He also spreads the word about Lions by leaving behind the LION. Planning a vacation and want to be in the LION? Just send us a photo of you with the LION, whether it’s at the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China or simply a café or street scene somewhere overseas or even an interesting location close to home. Send the picture along with your name, Lions club, hometown and photo description to email@example.com. (Editor’s note: Canadians do not have travel restrictions to Cuba.)
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