ACTIVITIES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center launched a one-year pilot program called NJ CURE in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to provide new, low-cost eyeglasses to those in need. The North Rose Lions in New York presented a computer reading device to a 13-year-old visually impaired boy. The Pierson Lions in Florida hosted a spaghetti dinner in honor of a high school volleyball team that finished the season with a 22-2 record. The Manassas Lioness Lions Club in Virginia held a book drive and donated 4,000 books to 16 local schools. In Pennsylvania, the Bensalem Lions purchased a steam table for the food service at the Bucks County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Nestucca Valley Lions in Oregon sponsored an Easter egg hunt where 150 children gathered more than 1,400 plastic eggs filled with candy, toys and donated gift certificates. In Puerto Rico, the Ponce Lions donated basketball and volleyball equipment to a psychiatric services organization. In Florida, the Ellenton-Parrish Lions participated in White Cane Days, volunteered at a community Easter event and assisted at a fundraiser for the Florida Railroad Museum. The Sparta Lions in North Carolina hosted a Thanksgiving meal for visually impaired people, offered free mobile vision screenings and adopted a stretch of highway. The Little Beaver Lions in Pennsylvania enjoy their roles as Lion Listeners at an elementary school. The Lions provide one-on-one support while students read aloud to them. The Johor Jaya and JB Taman Gaya Lions Clubs held a KidSight eye screening event at a primary school for 2,822 students in Malaysia. The Sag Harbor Lions Club in New York held its annual St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner, raising $2,000 for service projects. In Michigan, District 11 A2 celebrated its 50th annual Past District Governor’s Night, with 22 of the past 30 district governors in attendance. The Berlin Lions in New Jersey sponsor Leo clubs at two schools for special needs students. The Leos and Lions joined forces to plant cherry trees at a veteran’s memorial and a park. A Global Leadership Team from Districts 16 B and 16 C held a Club Officer Leadership Training in New Jersey. In Sri Lanka, District 306 B1 established a trust in memory of Past International Director Lion Chuck Wijenathen. The trust will administer leadership trainings for Lions and Leos. The Fraser Lions in Michigan delivered 380 pocket U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence books to all fifth-grade students along with DVDs and lesson plans. After 50 years of service, the Maplewood- Oakdale Lions in Minnesota continue providing college scholarships to high school students, supporting the Lions Eye Bank and giving donations to many local causes. After the King City Lions in Oregon received the donation of a microfiche reader, they found a home for it at a public library. INFORMATION IN MEMORIAM Past International Director Lawrence A. “Larry” Emerton has died. A Lion since 1959, he was a member of the Goffstown Lions Club in New Hampshire. Emerton achieved the rank of master sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, received a college degree and became the owner of a real estate appraisal firm. He was elected to serve a twoyear term on the international board directors in 1984. FOR THE RECORD As of February 28, Lions Clubs International had 1,368,987 members in 46,281 clubs and 757 districts in 208 countries and geographic areas. CONVENTION COUNTDOWN 2014 Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 4-8 2015 Honolulu, Hawaii June 26-30 2016 Fukuoka, Japan June 24-28 2017 Chicago, Illinois June 30-July 4 2018 Las Vegas, Nevada June 29-July 3
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