IN THE SPOTLIGHT LAURA BUSH AT CONVENTION Former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker in early July at the 96th International Convention in Hamburg, Germany. Bush will speak on her involvement with issues of global concern. Upcoming issues of the LION will detail other convention highlights including the Humanitarian Award recipient, other prominent speakers, seminars, entertainment, tours and more. See page 16 for an article on Hamburg and its attractions. USER-FRIENDLY DIGITAL LION Lions have responded positively to the enhanced digital LION with its multimedia and exclusive content. Missouri Lion Kimberly Taylor emailed LION editors about how she’s using the digital edition. “Today I saw two articles about clubs in my Multiple District 26 that I wanted everyone to know about,” she says. “I found the LION on the LCI website and shared links on three different Facebook pages. By the end of the day, my Lions friends will be reading the articles. And I’m certain that several non-Lion Facebook friends will be too.” Watch for ongoing LION announcements and story links on Facebook and Twitter. PAST PRESIDENT KAY K. FUKUSHIMA DIES Past International President Kay K. Fukushima, 75, of Sacramento, California, has died. He was elected to the association’s highest office at the 85th international convention in Osaka, Japan, in 2002, and was a member of the Sacramento Senator Lions Club since 1965. The owner of a successful insurance agency that grew to 16 branches, Past President Fukushima received numerous accolades as a Lion, community member and businessman. He led California Lions in helping sponsor the new pediatric trauma center at the University of California- Davis Children’s Center, the only Level 1 trauma center for children in Northern California. Past President Fukushima believed in hands-on service. He helped organize raft trips for the blind and student speaker contests, promote recycling to help the environment and build a crosswalk for the blind in downtown Sacramento. He was instrumental in helping Lions build the Sacramento Zoo’s Sensory Garden and Fairytale Town’s Japanese Tea Garden for children and adults of all abilities. SOLE POW MADE A LION Lions in Idaho have made the sole U.S. prisoner of war in Afghanistan an honorary member. U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, is now a member of the Wood River Lions Club, which meets in Hailey. Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009 while serving as an infantryman. Lions approved his membership at the multiple district convention at the suggestion of Past International Director Gary B. D’Orazio, an Idahoan who is a veteran and whose father and eight uncles served in World War II. D’Orazio and Lions in Idaho later held a Walk for Bowe Bergdahl in Boise. “He’s an Idahoan. We want him home. He doesn’t belong where he is. He made the sacrifice to support his country, and we need to support him now,” D’Orazio told local media. The Taliban had demanded $1 million and release of prisoners in U.S. military custody at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for his release. U.S. officials had been discussing his release with Taliban representatives but talks reportedly faltered. NEWTOWN LIONS RESPOND TO SANDY HOOK SHOOTING Newtown Lions in Connecticut provided coffee and refreshments to the first responders to the Sandy Hook school shooting and will offer more help, probably counseling, in coordination with other efforts. “We’re all in shock,” said Lion Gordon Williams in late December. “Some wonderful things have happened, too.” People moved by the tragedy sent snow-making machines and ice rinks. The roads that pass the school and churches are lined with memorials full of teddy bears, balloons and ribbons. Stopping for lunch after his volunteer stint driving people to medical appointments, Williams discovered his meal was free. A benefactor decided to let everyone eat for free at the restaurant that day. The 66-member club received calls from Lions around the world wanting to help, and the club created a foundation to assist those affected by the shooting. Donations can be sent to Newtown Lions Club, PO Box 218, Newtown CT 06470. Checks can be made to the Newtown Lions Club Foundation, SHEF (Sandy Hook Emergency Fund). Lions Clubs International Foundation also is mobilizing funds for the Newtown Lions to help with hands-on relief efforts. Contact email@example.com for more information. 48 YEARS AGO IN THE LION FEBRUARY 1965 Lions in Bryan, Texas, aren’t in the doghouse–they’ve climbed into the warming shelters they provided for schoolchildren waiting for buses. BY THE NUMBERS 250,000 Miles driven by 124 Lions from 29 clubs in central Iowa since 2009 to deliver more than 560 sets of donated eyes to the Iowa Lions Eye Bank for 860 corneal transplants. 16 Youths ages 9 to 11 from families with limited means who took part in the Fishing & Outdoor Camp for Kids at Lake Nipissing organized by Monkton Lions in Ontario, Canada. 4 Peach Queens featured on a billboard on Interstate 65 following the Peach Festival put on by Clinton Lions in Alabama. BARBARA CHAMBERLAIN Cabrillo Host Lion Barbara Chamberlain loves a good story. After being an elementary school librarian for 30 years, she now teaches storytelling and creative writing workshops. Chamberlain found some remarkable stories in her family’s history, which served as the basis for two historical novels. Her most recent novel is a mystery set in her community. This imaginative Californian brings her creative thinking to the Lions too, and has been described by a fellow member as “pretty much the pulse of anything.” What types of storytelling do you do? I like folktales, legends and myths. I also enjoy theme programs for holidays and dressing up and becoming the character of Mrs. Claus or the Cat in the Hat. I love telling stories to children. It really helps them get interested in reading and books. What are your historical novels about? It all started when my mother did the family genealogy, and I learned the story of my family and their journey from England. They were persecuted because they were Quakers, so they came to America to start new lives. Did you do a lot of research? The first book, “The Prisoners’ Sword,” took me five years to write. I even went to England to do research. The second book, “Ride the West Wind,” takes place on the ship Welcome that came to America in 1682, so I learned a lot about that incredible journey. How did you get the idea for your latest novel, “A Slice of Carmel”? The owner of the cutlery shop where I have my knives sharpened, Tanya, had read my earlier books and suggested that I could write a murder mystery set in Carmel. I wrote the book but never did anything with it. Tanya kept after me to publish it. Finally, I thought, why not? What’s an example of a lesson you teach in your workshops? At my last workshop I brought objects from home and had each student pick an item out and tell a story related to it. That’s a great way to get started with storytelling. How do you bring your inventiveness to your Lions club? I try to offer creative suggestions for projects. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but I think creative change has to be a part of Lions adapting to our rapidly changing world. I also like to make meetings more fun. I started interviewing club members during meetings so we can learn each other’s stories. Their lives are pretty amazing. Visit Chamberlain’s website to learn more at www.fantastixstudios.com and find her books at www.amazon.com. Know a Lion who you think deserves a bit of recognition? Email us a brief description of your Lion and the reason you’re nominating him or her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “One of Us” in the subject line. CLUB OF THE MONTH LEMONT LIONS CLUB, ILLINOIS YEAR FOUNDED: 1962 MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS: The 73 Lemont Lions commemorated their 50th anniversary last year, with several 40-year members joining in the celebration. The Lions meet twice a month at the VFW Hall. COOKING UP FUNDS: The Lions put a lot of work into their three annual fundraising events. More than 100 golfers participate in the Summer Golf Outing; 400 people enjoy the Fall Chili Supper and another 400 chow down at the Spring Community Pork Chop Dinner. The Lions cook the food themselves (the pork chops even have a Lions’ secret seasoning) and raise a total of about $15,000 through the three events. LUCKY STEAK: Both the chili supper and spring dinner include a “meat raffle,” during which participants spin a big wheel to win a package of meat or sausage along with other prizes. This amusing activity brings excitement and additional funds to the Lions’ events. Plus winners get to eat their prizes for dinner the next night. LENDING A HAND: The Lions regularly roll up their sleeves for hands-on service. In recent months they cleaned up and landscaped a park, constructed a wheelchair ramp, conducted two food drives and played softball and basketball with special needs youths. INDIVIDUAL AID: The Lions have provided ongoing assistance to a legally blind young girl and her family, helping her to receive vision-improving surgeries and other health care. BRAVE BALLADEERS: The two-night “DandyLions” cabaret show is the Lions’ claim to fame. Sellout crowds of 300 enjoy the Lions’ lip-synched songs and choreographed dance moves. The Lions go to great lengths to get their outfits, hair and makeup just right. They are great sports for this lucrative fundraiser. But the Lions also leave the crowd wanting more: they only put the show on every few years. WHY BE A LION? “Where there is a need, the Lions are known to be quick to help. We’ve been part of the fabric of the community for 50 years, and we show no signs of letting up any time soon.” – Lion Tom Drez OVERHEARD “I tried so many different avenues and everyone said, ‘I’m sorry. We can’t help.’ The Lions club was the only one to say, ‘Yes, we’ll help you. Sure. That’s what we do.’ Thank God for the Lions club.” –Dennis Gotcher after the Beaufort Lions Club in South Carolina helped secure cataract surgery for him. From the Island Packet. “If it’s a nice warm evening, a Saturday night, I’ll go out and pack two or three thousand. I go out and listen to the golden oldies and pack a few. It’s peaceful and quiet and the dog comes out.” –Gary Rideout of the Barkers Point Northside Lions Club in New Brunswick, Canada, on packing eyeglasses in his role as the district’s eyeglass coordinator. From the Daily Gleaner. “I don’t know. Scientifically, there has to be an explanation. I just don’t know what that is.” –Alex Martin, 19, a physics major, on the UFOs–bright dots of light moving erratically in the sky-high above the New Freedom Lions Club Carnival in Pennsylvania. From The York Daily Record. ON THE WEB LCI has more than 74,000 fans on Facebook! “Like” LCI and get connected daily to stories about Lions around the world. Click on news links that interest you and stay up-to-date on LCI announcements. Submit your own story or photo too. Search for “Lions Clubs International” to find the page and join the interactive conversation. 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