IN THE SPOTLIGHT LIONS NEWS BRIEFS DIGITAL LION GAINS READERS Thirty-one percent of Lions surveyed read the digital LION compared to just 14 percent a year ago. The survey of 2,282 Lions in 2013 by Lions Clubs International was done to assess attitudes toward the two versions of the LION. Twenty-two percent said the digital LION was excellent and 65 percent said it was good while 33 percent said the print LION was excellent and 55 percent said it was good. The survey found a slight uptrend in readership of the print LION: Lions said they spent 64 minutes reading an issue compared to a survey that found Lions spent 57 minutes a decade ago. Eighty percent rated it good or excellent compared to other magazines. Forty percent of Lions surveyed said they read or plan to read digital magazines in the near future whereas 62 percent of all U.S. magazine readers are or will be digital magazine readers. Forty-nine percent of Lions said they prefer to receive the print LION only, 26 percent prefer both the print and digital, and 25 percent want the digital only. LCI will continue with the print LION and recently developed a digital app for the LION. SERVICE CAMPAIGNS DRAW LARGE NUMBERS Lions embraced the first two Global Service Action Campaigns for 2013-14. The Engaging Our Youth Campaign in August served 822,112 youths as Lions logged 646,193 service hours. The Sharing the Vision Campaign in October served 1,019,803 people and Lions tallied 394,523 service hours. The number of people served in these two campaigns rose 14 percent from 2012-13. The Relieving the Hunger Campaign took place in December and January, and Lions are encouraged to complete an environmental project in April. PHOTOS ‘DONATED’ TO SAVE SIGHT Lions, who routinely donate time and money, “donated” photos in the fall to save and improve children’s vision. Lions Clubs International celebrated World Sight Day (Oct. 10) with Johnson & Johnson by encouraging people to take a picture, preferably an “eye selfie,” and download the J&J Donate A Photo app to post the picture. Johnson & Johnson is donating $1, up to $30,000, for every photo posted on behalf of Sight for Kids, a program of LCIF and J&J that has provided free vision screenings to more than 17 million children in Asia Pacific since 2002. More than 10,000 photos were donated as of early December. The event ended Jan. 31. 49 YEARS AGO IN THE LION FEBRUARY 1965 Lions Paddy Kerr (left) and George Underhill flew 9,000 miles, spent 84 hours in the air, touched down in 20 towns and survived two dangerous forced landings traveling to and from the international convention in Toronto. The Lions from Burnaby, British Columbia, landed in heavy fog on farmland outside Quebec City, and on their way home a sudden thunderstorm forced a landing at an Air Force base with an unmanned air control tower. BY THE NUMBERS 5 U.S. Navy vessels named U.S.S. Lexington whose veterans were honored at a ceremony hosted by Lexington Lions in Massachusetts. 1,176 Food items for a pantry collected by the Silver Hill Lions in Maryland during 2012-2013 simply by bringing a few cans or boxes to each meeting. 1,250 Eyeglasses, cell phones, ink cartridges and other recyclable items collected in four months by students of River Ridge Middle School teacher Kim Thorsen for Hanover Lions in Illinois. 86 Units that marched in the Great Pumpkin Parade sponsored by Mohnton Lions in Pennsylvania. 45 Children from Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch treated to a shopping spree at Sears thanks to Lions from District 2 T1 in Texas. 6 Home appliances purchased by Orangeville Lions in Ontario, Canada, for Kerry’s Place Autism Services. 12 Teams that competed in a chariot race, called Race to See, held by Torrington Lions in Wyoming. 2,000 Flower bulbs planted along city streets by San Rafael Las Gallinas Lions in California. 10 iPads purchased with tips from an Oktoberfest fundraiser and given to the Missouri School for the Blind by the St. Charles First Capitol Lions. RIC RYAN They may not realize it, but when drivers wave a friendly hello to Lion Ric Ryan during his roadside walks in Murphys, California, they’re helping veterans. In 2008 Ryan, a retired iron worker and Vietnam veteran, began walking for exercise and enjoyed how the 8- to 12-mile walks gave him time to think and listen to music. After seeing a moving documentary about UCLA’s Operation Mend—a program that provides free reconstructive surgery to returning U.S. military personnel— Ryan, who lives with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), decided to make a 25-cent donation to Operation Mend for every wave he received during his walks. Thousands of miles and dollars raised later, the “Walking Man of Murphys” is helping veterans heal while healing his own war wounds with every step. How did you come up with the idea to raise money through waves? When I watched the news show about Operation Mend, I knew I wanted to contribute. Our veterans need all the help we can give, so I thought I could do something. I started keeping a tally of waves. After each walk I make a deposit at the bank, usually about $15; then I send checks regularly to Operation Mend. Did people know what you were doing? I think the bank tellers were the first to ask what I was up to, and then a news article came out. Word got out, and I started getting bigger donations. I’m surprised how much people have given with the economy how it’s been. A great guy who owns a body shop here handed me a check for $5,000 on his 50th birthday. A school held a walkathon and raised $1,500. More than $50,000 has been raised so far. The people here have just been outstanding. The walks are also therapeutic for you. The walks give me time to think and to talk to the man upstairs. I listen to my music—always the Righteous Brothers and country—and sing along, making sure no one can hear my singing voice! It helps with my PTSD and keeps my spirits up—that and the help I receive at the VA. I had to have a knee operation, so I haven’t been able to walk lately. But I’ll be back out there soon. Do your fellow Murphys Angels Lions wave to you when you’re walking? Oh yes. They kid me about it too! I’m proud to be part of a group that does so many great things for our community. It must feel good that your fundraising idea has been so successful. Our veterans are the future of this country. It feels great to see them coming home and being honored and receiving help. I’m a true believer that when you die it’s not what you have that counts, but what you gave. That’s how I try to live. To find out more about Operation Mend, visit operationmend.ucla.edu. CLUB OF THE MONTH CAMERON LIONS CLUB, TEXAS YEAR FOUNDED: 1923 MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS: The 35 Lions meet every Monday at noon and enjoy lunch. Weekly programs and guest speakers keep them informed on the needs of the community as well as the status of Lions’ projects such as the Texas Lions Camp. The Lions stay up-to-date on the current LION Magazine, knowing the tail twister will ask the magazine trivia question of the week. ON THE AIR: The Lions Radio Auction has been the club’s fundraising centerpiece since 1965. Over three days Lions auction off more than 600 items donated by local businesses on the local radio station. Bidders can win items such as honey from a local farm, a tool set from the hardware store or baked goods made by volunteers. In recent years the Lions added an online component to the auction, enabling them to extend the auction to 10 days and increase bidders to more than 300. The popular auction raises about $20,000 for service projects. A MEMORABLE PROJECT: Last August the Lions endured 100-degree temperatures while installing new playground equipment at the city park. One thing kept them going through the heat: picturing children frolicking and having fun with the new playground. One of the Lions’ proudest moments was seeing the playground completed and knowing that the community’s children would enjoy it for years to come. SUNDRY SERVICE: The Lions stay busy throughout the year. Recent and ongoing projects include collecting eyeglasses for recycling, beautifying a gazebo, serving lunch at a summer camp, planting trees and holding the annual holiday canned food drive. WHY SERVE? “Being a Lion provides the infrastructure to have fun and serve both our local community and the world. Lions always push forward and look for ways to serve.” –Stephen Fuchs OVERHEARD “Everyone is waiting for the big game, but for us the main event that day is the big breakfast.” –Ray Sanders of the Faribault Lions Club in Minnesota on his club’s 48th annual pancake breakfast, held on Super Bowl Sunday. From southernminn.com. “From my perspective, I feel that if you live in a community you owe something to that community. The community is not just local. It’s much larger than that.” –Bill Rendall of the Madden Lions Club in Alberta, Canada, on his club’s support of various local, national and international projects. From the Rocky View Weekly. “They’re like a bag of chips. You can’t eat just one.” –Roy DeGrange of the Brunswick Lions Club in Maryland on the club’s kinklings, a deep-fried doughnut. From the Frederick News-Post. ON THE WEB Have you ever wondered how some clubs have their service projects featured on LCI’s Facebook page, blog, Twitter or in LION Magazine? One way LCI headquarters finds out about club accomplishments is through the Submit Your Story page on LCI’s website. Using an online form, Lions can enter information such as the project name, goals and results. Add a photo to attract even more attention. Submitting your story may not only help your club receive some recognition, but it could benefit and inspire other clubs. Visit www.lionsclubs.org and search for “Submit Your Story” to find out more and share your experience.
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