ITALIAN LIONS AID EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS The devastating earthquake that struck Italy in April six days before Easter left more than 100,000 homeless and killed 270 people. Twenty-six villages 60 miles from Rome were damaged. The Lions of Italy quickly responded. They provided thousands of blankets and eyeglasses and hundreds of pairs of shoes and hygiene kits for victims forced to stay at hotels. They donated sheets, towels, irons, hair dryers, space heaters and more. They even produced 500 two-way radios to improve communications and three small housing units to serve as medical offices. LCIF also contributed a $10,000 emergency grant. Lions also made sure children could celebrate Easter as they normally did. Lions and Leos delivered Easter eggs for 1,000 children at hotels. MOVIES COMMERCIAL SHOWCASES CENTER Did you see Monsters vs. Aliens, Hannah Montana or assorted other G and PG movies this spring? Then you may have seen a two-minute commercial that featured an agency for blind children where Lions volunteer and provide financial support. The Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, Michigan, was part of a movie-like trailer for the Ford Motor Company Fund. The fund and Ford employees support Penrickton, located five miles from Ford’s headquarters. The trailer aired in 500 theaters nationwide. WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM NO MORE Two buffalo that escaped from a Lions club’s game park in Wisconsin in April were shot dead by police as they neared a busy interstate. The animals apparently escaped the Menomonie Lions Club Game Park by jumping over a four-and-a-halffoot gate, according to news reports. The police considered using tranquilizers to capture the buffalo but were unsure of the effect of a tranquilizer on the animals, one of which weighed 1,100 pounds. A longtime attraction, the 18-acre game park is especially popular with children. BONNIE AND CLYDE AND THE LIONS, TOO A festival in a small Louisiana town marking the 75th anniversary of the bloody deaths of Bonnie and Clyde included reenactments, a parade, look-alike contests and a Lions pancake fundraiser. The Gibsland Lions Club held the fundraiser in May at its club house, adjacent to the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum. Bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were gunned down by lawmen outside Gibsland on May 23, 1934. The ambush museum was once occupied by Ma Canfield’s Café, where Clyde bought two egg sandwiches shortly before he was killed. The museum is run by a deputy sheriff who is the son of a lawman who took part in the ambush. The Gibsland Lions, chartered in 1928, normally serve 100 diners for its pancake breakfasts but expected more for this one, said Barbara Johnson, club president. A few of the older Lions remember the day of the shooting. “They brought the bodies back here and they turned out school,” said Johnson.
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