How Does Their Garden Grow? The answer is … with lots of help from Lions and with perseverance and hard work. Whitefish Lions in Montana worked with students to create a community garden to provide healthy food for the school cafeteria as well as to teach students work and life skills (story on page 22). Student Grace Scrafford and Lion Darrell Young work together harvesting the garden. Melvin Memorabilia A decade after Melvin Jones died, Lions Clubs International moved from downtown Chicago to the suburb of Oak Brook. But the office of the Lions’ founder has been re-created in the headquarters lobby for visitors to see. 1. This cumbersome device stamped the seal of Lions Clubs International. (It still works.) 2. The lion rug was a gift from British statesman Winston Churchill; the lion died of natural causes at the London Zoo. 3. The bronze portrait of Melvin once hung in the home of a district governor (his name is illegible); his family donated it to LCI after his death. 4. The globe, which lights up, includes nations or colonies long gone such as Northern Rhodesia in Africa. 5. Melvin likely purchased this lion bronze himself since it lacks a club or district inscription. 6. The Grand Master Key, a Lions’ honor, was bestowed on Melvin in 1938. 7. This passport of Melvin’s was valid in 1941-42. Melvin is “5 feet, 8 inches.” His eyes are “brown,” and his hair is “white.” Occupation is “executive.” The only stamp is for Canada, not surprising for war time. 8. The snow globe with his name incorrectly pegs him for a year younger, listing his birthdate as Jan. 13, 1880. 9. Melvin used a black fountain pen. The black ink well to the left just off the mat has the Lions logo. 10. The agenda for the Chicago Central Lions Club (his first club) of June 17, 1958, includes song, entertainment and, from 8:50- 8:55, “founder Melvin Jones’ talk on Lionism and its origin.” 11. The lightweight silver coin reads: “The Business Circle [Melvin’s original club] Goat Medal” on one side and on the other: “Disposed Of Only By Securing A New Member.” 12. A rawhide memento apparently commemorating a trip to Mexico. 13. Two exquisite old timepieces. 14. Unused deposit slips from the First National Bank of Chicago. 15. Melvin’s surprisingly stylish sunglasses. 16. Lions in 22 B in Maryland gave him the ship bell clock in 1947. 17. Melvin was a world-class arm twister and conversationalist. 18. The origin of the bust is unknown. 19. Melvin’s prized pen knife. 20. His name is etched on his well-worn leather briefcase. 21. The 100 flags from his office represented the nations with Lions clubs in 1961, the year he died. 22. The venerable Code of Ethics laid the pathway for Lions. 23. Melvin was eternally proud of having begun Lions.
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