Chicago Mont Clare/Elmwood Park Lions are not a shy bunch. When they visited seniors at a retirement home they made a grand and noisy entrance playing “Seventy-Six Trombones” on kazoos. Members know how to get area residents to pay attention to the club and support its projects. On Candy Day some members take to the streets wearing a lion mane or full lion costume, and the club’s biggest fundraiser is a taste of the exotic: a wild game dinner. Even a presumably straightforward initiative such as securing discounted eyeglasses comes with a twist. The club’s longtime partner is Randy “Vision Man” Schultz, whose optical store contains an electric train that ceremoniously delivers glasses to customers. The club’s penchant for publicity has paid off. Last year the 42-member club nabbed two first places in the International Contest at the convention in Busan, Korea: best newsletter and best website. A few months ago, the club filled a bookcase with memorabilia at the Elmwood Park Library. “Check us out” was the unspoken message of the display–because we serve, we have fun and we are everywhere in the community. KEY 1. The club mascot dangles a Lion yo-yo. 2. The water bottle of District 1A Governor Austin D’Souza 3. A poster advertises the club’s biggest fundraiser. 4. Trophies used in the district hospitality room 5. A print advertisement that says “Now is a good time to become a Lion” 6. A Chili Cook-Off banner 7. A Chili Cook-Off flyer 8. A Chili Cook-Off hat and table decoration 9. A Lion yo-yo 10. Club banner 11. Gabe Caporale and Larry Zucker distributing pies to nursing home residents at Thanksgiving 12. Darlene Hrankaj receiving the 2013 Lion of the Year award from President Joe Corna 13. Logo 14. Birthday party of longtime member Rocky Lepore 15. Food pantry sign 16. QR code to access club’s website 17. Collection of Lion Convention Circus medals 18. U.S. and Lions flags 19. Vintage Lions Candy Day hat, candy and container 20. Club newsletter page 21. Sign promoting Thanksgiving Pie Day 22. First-place awards from Lions Clubs International for newsletter and website 23. An “I Told You So” plaque from Past District Governor Steve Anton and Gail Anton, who insisted the club enter the LCI competition 24. Cover of the winning newsletter 25. Sign advertising the annual Christmas Food Baskets 26. Hearing van sign 27. Certificate honoring longtime member Seymour Keer 28. Mascot 29. Candy Day items 30. A Lion sells candy at the train station. 31. Story on international awards 32. A vest 33. An eyeglass collection box. A plastic sleeve on the side holds club brochures. 34. A club cartoon showing Curiosity, the Mars rover, discovering a Lions collection box and reporting signs of Lions life on the Red Planet
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