Jasper Lions in Georgia presented 55-year-member Charles Chapman with a Lions cake to celebrate his long, illustrious membership. Chapman is a past governor of District 18 A. “The third time is the charm,” says William Dilks of the Gloucester City Lions Club in New Jersey. First chartered on May 3, 1922, the club disbanded just four years later in 1926. Not ready to give up on community service, Lions reorganized in 1929. On May 31, 1933, it disbanded a second time. Serviceminded citizens tried a third time by chartering a Gloucester City Lions Club in 1944. Since then, Lions have been an active and involved presence in their historic community of 11,000 located on the Delaware River waterfront. “We’re now one of the strongest and most active clubs in the district,” says Dilks, a Lion since 1963. At his 90th birthday celebration, David “Lucky” Mattson surprised his fellow Crooked River Ranch Lions in Oregon by announcing that the will of Denni, his deceased wife, included a donation of $10,000 to the Lions and that he wanted it to go toward a scholarship fund. Mattson has been dedicated to Lions’ service since 1979. THE LION ROAMS Lions read the LION while surrounded by landmark lions. Jackie Loubet (top) of the Chiefland Lions Club in Florida peruses the LION at the iconic Medici lions that guard the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine, Florida. Meanwhile, Dawn Rice-Norton (middle) of the Medway Lions Club in Massachusetts shares the LION with perhaps the most lionhearted U.S. president; the shot was taken where Lincoln was shot–at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. Finally, Lions surely are a reminder of America, a reassuring symbol of everyone’s hometown. Lion Tony Johnson (bottom) of the Justin Lions Club in Texas shares his LION with soldiers in Afghanistan. Specialist Adams (from left), Specialist Salas and Sgt. Carias serve with the 887th Engineering Support Company. Want to be in the LION? Just send us a photo of you with the LION, whether you’re at the pyramids in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, a café or street scene 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.
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