IN THE SPOTLIGHT LIONS NEWS BRIEFS DONATION SAVES MAN’S LIFE A defibrillator donated three months earlier by a Lions club in England saved the life of a 72-year-old man suffering a major heart attack. Malcolm Baker was unconscious and had no heartbeat when emergency medical worker Tony Smith raced to his home. “He treated Malcolm with the defibrillator, which we have since learned saved his life,” his wife, Jenny Baker, told the Bexhill Observer. The Bexhill Lions Club donated the 1,200 pounds (US$1,900) the South East Coast Ambulance Service needed to purchase the defibrillator. VIDEO MAGAZINE SHOWCASES LIONS The latest issue of Lions Quarterly (LQ) video magazine includes segments on Lions providing disaster relief to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Wisconsin Lions holding a statewide “Stuff the Bus” to collect school supplies and books, Lions in Iceland planting trees and grass to make their environment green again, Lions worldwide curbing bullying and a sneak peek of the 2014 Lions International Convention in Toronto. Share LQ with your club members, project partners and community members. The video is available online at Lions News Network (LNN), YouTube and iTunes. IMMUNIZATION WEEK CELEBRATED IN APRIL World Immunization Week (WIW) in the last week of April focuses attention on the importance of routine vaccinations against diseases such as measles. Vaccines prevent 2 to 3 million deaths each year, yet one in five children worldwide are not up-to-date, leaving them at risk. LCIF will be supporting Lions participating in WIW activities from April 23-30. Learn more about helping children get measles vaccinations in next month’s LION or go to www.lcif.org/measles. WORLD LUNCH RELAY LAUNCHES APRIL 4 The Lions World Lunch Relay kicks off at noon on April 4. The event is part of Family and Friends Month to promote membership and interest in Lions. Clubs are asked to organize a service project, register their event with Lions Clubs International and then share what they did through social media. The relay will begin in New Zealand and move from time zone to time zone worldwide. Contests include most participants, best theme and biggest food drive. “Host your Lions Lunch on April 4th and join me in wishing my wife, Anne, a happy 70th birthday,” says International President Barry Palmer. Entry forms and guidelines are at www.lionsclubs.org. LIONS QUEST TO BE IMPROVED A new and improved Lions Quest is on the way. Lions’ school-based life skills program, essentially unchanged for years, will be modernized. Information on drugs, bullying and other concerns of youth will be updated, and online resources will be added. Instead of being offered as an “all or nothing” product, schools will be able to take on individual program components. LCI’s board of directors decided to revamp Lions Quest in the wake of slashed school budgets and new educational requirements that reduce time for optional programs such as Lions Quest. LCIF is partnering with Chicago-based Quarasan on the revision. Lions Quest has helped more than 12 million youths in 85 nations build social and emotional skills and shun drugs and alcohol.
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