First Roar LIONS FEED TWO MILLION Lions’ Relieving the Hunger Campaign in December and January served 2,008,243 people. Clubs worldwide also reported to Lions Clubs International 9,286 projects and 511,230 service hours. The numbers in the United States were: 269,152 people served, 1,944 projects and 66,393 service hours. The statistics in Canada were: 18,050 people served, 177 projects and 18,473 service hours. Lions take part annually in four Global Service Action Campaigns: engaging youth in August, sight initiatives in October and an environmental project in April as well as hunger relief. STUDENTS GIVEN A PLATFORM Inspired by the Peace Poster contest of Lions Clubs International, Johnston Lions in Rhode Island are running a three-part billboard contest for students in town. The three winners get their art featured on a large billboard on busy Atwood Avenue in Johnston. The winner of the first art contest on bullying was no other than Lauren Civetti, daughter of Lion Robert, project chair. (“It wasn’t rigged!” he sheepishly says.) The themes of the other contests will be recycling and avoiding drugs and alcohol. Lions constructed the billboard in the 1990s, and it typically features public service messages. MILAN PICKED FOR CONVENTION When the moon hits your eye that’s … Milan. Lions will no doubt love the 2019 International Convention city: Milan, Italy. A financial and fashion center, Italy’s second-largest city boasts 26 centuries of history. Its sights include the Duomo, a majestic Gothic cathedral; the Castello Sforzesco, a grand medieval castle; and the Santa Maria alle Grazie Basilica, which contains Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper.” The board of directors made the choice in the spring. Lions meet in Toronto this July, followed by Honolulu in 2015, Fukuoka, Japan, in 2016, Chicago in 2017, the centennial for Lions Clubs, and Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2018. A CAPITAL IDEA: A DAY ON THE HILL The first Lions Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 12 resulted in more than 60 meetings with members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill. Lions Clubs International organized the day to raise the visibility of the community service of Lions. Taking part were First International Vice President Joe Preston, Past International Presidents Wayne Madden, Al Brandel and Clement Kusiak and international directors. An evening reception for invited members of Congress celebrated the partnership of LCIF and the GAVI Alliance to save children’s lives through immunizations. ONE OF US First Roar PETER TREACY Thanks to Peter Treacy, hundreds of disabled children and adults in Quebec, Canada, each year realize that they can conquer mountains. Participants in the Adaptive Sports Foundation, which Treacy founded in 1995, experience the senses of accomplishment, freedom and sheer joy that come from downhill skiing and other exhilarating sports. Treacy, a 20-year Knowlton Lion and retired IBM manager, knows firsthand that when a disabled person has the chance to do something he never thought he could, in an instant all things can become possible. After losing his right leg in a car accident in 1980, Treacy thought he would forever be removed from society and his once active lifestyle. Luckily, a chance sighting showed him he couldn’t be more wrong. Do you know a Lion who you think has a great story or deserves a bit of recognition? Email us a brief description of the Lion and the reason you’re making the nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “One of Us” in the subject line. What happened that made you discover you could ski again? I was watching my sons ski when I noticed a man with one leg skiing with specialized equipment. I chased him down to ask him about it. I didn’t know it was possible. I took lessons and soon I was skiing. It was an unbelievable feeling! It made me completely forget about my disability, and I started thinking about my ability. Why did you found the Adaptive Sports Foundation? I wanted to give others the confidence, independence and improved self-esteem that I had experienced. Being active means being healthier and happier. Disabled people just need some modifications to be able to realize our potential. You’ve been able to share your vision with thousands of people. We started the winter program with five students and 10 volunteers. Today we have more than 60 students and 100 volunteers. We also have a summer program when a few hundred students go water skiing, kayaking and sailing. Watching the progression the students make, the smiles on their faces—the benefits are astounding. Have you seen many transformations? Here’s just one story of so many: A family had been in a car accident that killed the mother and left all three children as paraplegics. When their father saw his children coming down the ski hill laughing, he cried. He said they hadn’t laughed in a year. It showed them there was light at the end of the tunnel. The kids are all athletes and at university now, and both boys are on the Canadian national wheelchair basketball team. It must be powerful to be a part of life-changing moments like that. I’ve met the most wonderful students with great courage and determination. Our volunteers have such generosity and big hearts. Our donors don’t just write checks; they come and encourage the students. And the Lions have always been there to help. I wouldn’t wish my accident on my worst enemy, but in a way it’s the best thing that ever happened to me. I wouldn’t change anything. Find out more about ASF at www.adaptivesports.ca. OVERHEARD “You did a little dinner, and it feels like you did a thousand things for them.” –Shirley Barrett of the Eynon Archibald Lions in Pennsylvania on the appreciation shown for her club’s cooking and delivery of 130 meals to residents. From the Times- Tribune. “I always buy a ticket. I buy whatever someone’s selling at the grocery store.” –Scott Bell, winner of a four-minute shopping spree at a grocery store in a sweepstakes of the San Juan Lions in Washington. From the Journal of the San Juan Islands. “You find out what the international organization does, and it’s totally overwhelming. I get the LION magazine every month, and I see every time there’s a tsunami or a tornado, the Lions are one of the first groups out there with money or helping people. Even though I had nothing to do with those things, I’m still a part of it because I’m a Lion.” –Past District Governor Jack Hines of the Rogers Lions in Minnesota in the Star News. BY THE NUMBERS 130 Snakes captured recently in annual Rattlesnake Roundup hosted by Oglesby Lions in Texas. 15,216 Pieces of candy distributed in the Easter egg hunt of the Narragansett Lions in Rhode Island. 103 Charter members of the new Hartford Saint Lucian Lions Club in Connecticut. 75 Price in cents of the pancake breakfast of the Claymont Lions in Delaware, chartered 75 years ago. 100 Dogs at a Humane Society shelter fed for three days thanks to a donation by Manvel Lions in Texas in honor of the service of a local 10- year-old girl at an animal hospital. 300 Distance in meters from a Baddeck wharf to an island beach with lifeguards provided by Baddeck Lions in a free, allday ferry run by the club in Nova Scotia, Canada. The shuttle service was threatened by new government boat operation regulations until Lions met with officials and forged an agreement on satisfying safety criteria. 51 YEARS AGO IN THE LION JUNE 1963 The LION profiled Japan’s ichi bon (No. 1) baseball fan, diminutive dentist Jun Imazato of Nishiwaki (shown with his beloved Hanshin Tigers). His passion grew out of listening to U.S. major league games on short wave radio to hone his English skills. Lion Imazato received free season tickets to Japanese parks because he translated U.S. baseball data for the Japanese baseball commissioner. But his proudest moment came when the San Francisco Giants toured Japan and he not only sat in the dugout but also treated Willie Mays for a toothache. Digital LION Read the full story at www.lionmagazine.org. CLUB of the MONTH First Roar LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS DATE FOUNDED: 1937 MEETING MATTERS: The Lions gather every Thursday at noon at a community center. Each meeting includes “Truth Time,” during which members announce personal milestones such as birthdays or anniversaries. Weekly guest speakers have included the Kansas governor, U.S. senators and local celebrities. MASSIVE MEMBERSHIP: At 182 members strong, the Lions, aged 21 to 94, are a varied and powerful force. The Lions are adept at networking, bringing in most of their new members this way. Many members hail from Fort Leavenworth, serving both through the U.S. Army and Lions. LEAN BURGER-FLIPPING MACHINE: The Lions are known for the aptly chosen buffalo burgers they serve up at the annual Buffalo Bill Days festival. On a good day they sell about 600 of the low-fat burgers, along with 300 bratwurst—parboiled in a secret recipe. GAMBLING FOR A GOOD CAUSE: The Lions can’t resist throwing $1 in the weekly Big Pot Payout. A weekly winner gets a third of the pot, and then tries to win big by drawing a playing card. Drawing a Joker gets the big pot; until that happens, the pot grows. The club wins big, too: one-third of the pot goes into the club’s service project fund. SOWING FRUITFUL SEEDS: Inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary, Leavenworth, are providing nourishment to those in need and gaining work skills, thanks to the Lions. The Lions provide funds for inmates to plant and grow food. The produce is then donated to local charities, cultivating a bounty of rewards for all involved. A WELL-DESERVED BREAK: The Lions are a nonstop service team, whether they’re ringing Salvation Army bells, conducting children’s vision screenings or participating in the Cancer Relay for Life. But they take time out for times together that they call “Just Because.” From attending baseball games to enjoying cookouts, the Lions step back, relax and have fun—just because. WHY BE A LION? “There is no better way to serve mankind than to roll up our sleeves and do whatever is necessary to support those less fortunate than ourselves.” – Lion John Raletz Digital LION Read about the Digital LION Club of the Month at www.lionmagazine.org.
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