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TWO SCREENED, ONE NEEDS HELP Maybe Maurice Kahawaii missed his calling as an eye care professional. The 2008-09 International Director from Hawaii was visiting District 11 B-2 in Michigan in April and learning about its Project Kidsight program. He screened two children himself at Tutor Time Day Care. It was pure luck he was even at Tutor Time. Project Kidsight Chairpersons Bill Kowalski and Pat McFarland have visited 215 towns and screened more than 3,500 children since 2006. But Kowalski needed a screening site right away for Kahawaii and happened to notice Tutor Time that morning for the first time despite driving by it regularly. It was too late to obtain parental consent forms so Sarah Hoffman, the day care director, agreed to have her daughter, Madison, 4, tested. You guessed it–a problem was detected and later an ophthalmologist confirmed the vision in Madison’s one eye was blurred and other clear (known as anesometropia). Now you know the rest of the story. KEEP LARGER FLOAT AFLOAT One million people line the streets of Pasadena, California, to see the Tournament of Roses parade on New Year’s Day and another 340 million in nearly 100 nations watch at home on TV. So the Lions’ float gets lots of attention. However, the float is considerably smaller than the floats of two other international service groups, one of which urges every club president to have members donate $3 toward the costs. That’s why the Lions responsible for the float are asking Lions to help fund the float to a greater degree. Lions Clubs International funds half the cost of the float and everyday Lions raise the other half. Banner patches and pins are given to donors by the non-profit Lions Float, Inc (LFI). For information, contact Past Council Chairperson Roger Powell, LFI president, at 155 Tivoli Drive, Long Beach, California, 90803, firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 433-7271. Or visit www.lionsrosefloat.com. HELP BRIDGE GAP To date Lions Clubs International Foundation has received $163,767 million in cash on pledges for Campaign SightFirst II. More than $200 million was pledged for Campaign SightFirst II, which will bring sight to 34 million more people worldwide. Help LCIF Bridge the Gap by fulfilling your pledge. In other LCIF news, the foundation awarded a $100,000 major catastrophe grant in addition to nine emergency grants of $10,000 each to aid Lions’ relief efforts in Multiple District 300, Taiwan. Thousands were left homeless following Typhoon Morakot in August. CLUB OF THE MONTH RIDGELY LIONS CLUB, MARYLAND FOUNDED: 1954 MEMBERSHIP: About 60 members COMMUNITY SERVED: Town of Ridgely, about 60 miles southeast of Baltimore. Population: 1,400 MEMBERS: are from varied professional backgrounds including real estate, business management, banking, investments and the automotive industry. MEETING MATTERS: The club meets the first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Ridgely United Methodist Church. CLAIM TO FAME:The club hosts the annual Ridgely Lions Strawberry Festival on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. The event includes a parade, food and exhibit vendors, live music, rides and games for children and crafts. But the centerpiece of the festival is the locally renowned Ridgely Lions Strawberry Shortcake. OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS: Ridgely Lions co-sponsor the Ridgely Old Fashioned Christmas with a parade, caroling and refreshments. The club also welcomes Santa for the ceremonial lighting of Ridgely’s Christmas tree. The club included a food drive and handcrafted Christmas wreath silent auction at the conclusion of the parade. WHY BE A LION: “I always think of Ridgely as more like a big neighborhood than a small town, and you always want to get to know your neighbors. I know the people in our club, and I love the time we get to spend together. Having a good time and being able to help people at the same time—I wouldn’t have it any other way.” BYTHE NUMBERS 5 Cost in dollars of a 2009 NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship license plate with the logo of the University of North Carolina, benefitting the Lincolnton Lions 42 Types of beers sold at the Beer Festival of the Grimsby Cleethorpes Lions in England. 3,227,000 Eyeglasses collected by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation in its 50 years. 200 Booths at the Mount Airy Lions Club Yard Sale and Flea Market in North Carolina. 16 Garden plots planted and tended to at Audobon Pointe, a 10-story retirement complex, by the Maumelle Lions in Arkansas. 1969 Model year of bright red Volkswagen Beetle raffled off by the Norway- Paris Lions in Maine. WELCOME TO THE CLUB! How many Lions can claim they worked as a Mr. Mom, a flooring expert and a communications staffer in the Army at the White House during President Richard Nixon’s administration? Probably just one—another reason why Sparks-Greenbrae, Nevada, Lion Alan Snellbaker knows he’s a bit different. But his quirks have served him well, as Snellbaker, 60, took home the honor of Lion of the Year from his club in 2008. Now 18 months into his time as a Lion, Snellbaker is enjoying his own long, strange trip. FAVORITE FOOD: Pizza. I’m part Italian, but my name is Hessian. Black Rock pizza in Sparks has the best pizza around, and Pirate’s in Reno is great, but Festa Italiana is just as good. They’re both kind of expensive though, so I can’t eat there all the time. MUST-SEE TV: I’m a news hound. I’ll watch the local news, but I also love PBS. I’ll watch Bill Moyers, Jim Lehrer, and Washington Week with Gwen Eifel. BEST PROJECT: I always like the Festa Italiana, which we just had. It’s an annual dinner with a door prizes and a raffle drawing. I was actually able to get a bottle of wine as one of the prizes, and I knew the fellow who won it. When I talked to him a week later, I asked if he’d opened it. He said, “Heck no! This is a nice bottle of wine. I’m waiting for a special occasion.” MY CLUB DOESN’T KNOW THAT: I’m a baseball fanatic. I love the Reno Aces, a Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. I used to follow the Silver Sox too, which was a Rookie League team. Growing up I was a Dodger fan. I went to my first game in 1958, back when they played at the Coliseum before Chavez Ravine was even built. INDOORS AND OUTDOORS: I love to camp. I was big into Boy Scouts when I was young, and now we have a camper. We go over to Lake Teresa in Great Basin National Park, which is at an elevation just over 10,000 feet. It’s a beautiful place. THE LAST TIME IMPULSE GOT THE BETTER OF ME: I bought a 14-inch band saw. I bought the saw to cut the wood for a deck we’re building. I’ve got a bunch of four-by-eight planks that we’ll use for decking. The saw set me back about $800. THREE WORDS OTHERS USE TO DESCRIBE ME: Weird, strange and different. I’m the alien—my nephew even calls me that. On the roof of my house are fourteen 165 Watt Solar Panels and one 400 Watt wind generator. It does not matter how fast I get repaid for the $26,000 investment because every time Nevada Energy raises their rates I get paid back faster. I have produced over 3,600 kilowatt hours a year. How do we really solve the energy crisis fastest? One roof at a time! WHERE I’D LIKE TO RETIRE: Reno. I’m already here, but I like it here. I like Nevada a whole lot more than California. I’m close to San Francisco, and I’m close to Napa-Sonoma. It’s great. We just took a trip to Napa-Sonoma and toured a bunch of the wineries. I have very few complaints. I’M A LION NOW BECAUSE: Someone finally invited me! My dad was a Lion for a long time, so I was always familiar with what they did. But he never invited me to be a member. Finally, after inviting me to the Festa Italiana, a friend finally asked if I’d be a member, and I said yes. I’ve felt I had something to offer back, and Lions is a great organization to be a part of. It fits.X`
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