A TIP OF THE HAT TO A NATIONAL HERO He saved 155 people from dying in an airplane crash, and now he is helping Lions and LCIF save children from dying of measles. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, who became a national hero in 2009 when he safely landed his jet in the Hudson River in New York, has donated a signed US Airways captain’s hat to Lions in District 19 C in Washington. The highest donor to LCIF’s One Shot, One Life measles program will win the hat from 19 C Lions. The winner can be an individual, a club, a district or a multiple district. A child’s life can be saved for less than $1 with a measles immunization. The Washington Lions’ goal is to raise $100,000 for LCIF, and their initiative is subtitled The Hat That Saved 100,000 Lives. The autographed hat is worth several thousand dollars, says 19 C Vice District Governor John Kirry, a friend of Sullenberger since both were pilots for Pacific Southwest Airlines in the 1980s. Sullenberger delivered the keynote speech at the 93rd International Convention in Sydney in 2010. For information, contact Kirry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 265-1466. GROUNDBREAKING BRAILLE PHONE GOES ON SALE A Braille phone is being sold by a London-based company. The front and back of the phone are made using a 3D printer and can be customized. The company, OwnFone, says the phone is the first of its kind to be on the retail market, according to BBC News. For those who can’t read Braille, raised text can be printed on the keypad. Another feature is that several Braille buttons can be preprogrammed to call family, friends or emergency services. The phone costs 60 pounds (US$100). It’s currently available only in the United Kingdom, but OwnFone plans to soon sell it in the United States and elsewhere. Read More • The iPhone is life-altering for the blind (Sept. 2012 LION). • Ingenious devices for the blind make everyday life easier (Nov. 2008). U.S. LIONS’ SERVICE TYPICAL OF REST OF WORLD U.S. Lions are most likely to serve as a Lion through a community or cultural activity such as civic service, food distribution or a sports/recreational event. The next common service category for Lions from Constitutional Area I (U.S. and affiliates, Bermuda and Bahamas) is assistance to individuals such as aid to the vision or hearing impaired and aid to the elderly. The third most common service category is health and wellness such as eyeglass recycling and vision screening, according to the 2013-14 Service Activity Report of Lions Clubs International (LCI). The annual summary compiles the service reported to LCI. The breakdown of service of Lions worldwide resembles the U.S. Lions’ pattern: community and cultural activities were most popular, followed by assistance to individuals and then health and wellness. The totals for all seven constitutional areas are: 371 million people served through 21.5 million Lions service hours and 550,561 projects. Also reported were 3.5 million eyeglasses collected and 1.6 million trees planted. CLUB TOYS WITH PARKING REGULATIONS Parking is not easy in Alliston, Ontario, a town of 15,000 often blanketed in snow in winter. Vehicles are not permitted to be parked on a street for more than two hours during the snow season. In December a cluster of cars sat for hours in one spot. The drivers were at a church function. In the spirit of the season, actually owing to Alliston Lions, the police officer did not issue any tickets. Instead, he alerted them to the club’s Toys for Tickets drive. The next day the grateful drivers dropped off bags of new toys at the police station. During the drive, 18 people chose to donate toys in lieu of a parking ticket. The club collected 7,000 pounds of food and assisted 153 families through the toys/tickets program, bins placed at stores, schools and churches, and a “red-light” special in which officers aside a police cruiser, aided by Lions, accepted donations from shoppers outside a Wal-Mart. The Alliston Lions obviously enjoy a longstanding relationship with town leaders. The current mayor, Richard Milne, is second vice president. EXTRA, EXTRA: LIONS LIKE THE LION Sixty-eight percent of Lions surveyed said receiving LION Magazine is an important part of their membership while 32 percent said it was unimportant. How did Lions rate the LION compared to other magazines they read on a regular basis? Forty-three percent said it was good, 28 percent said very good, 19 percent fair, 7 percent “one of my favorites” and 3 percent said poor. The readership data is from a 2014 survey by Lions Clubs International of 2,000 U.S. Lions. About 57 percent of Lions surveyed read every issue of the LION while 14 percent said they read three of four, 8 percent said they read two of four and 12 percent said one of four. Thirty-eight percent said they spent less than 30 minutes reading an issue, 31 percent spent between 30 to 59 minutes on an issue, 21 percent from one to two hours and 10 percent more than two hours. Fifty-five percent said they recycle the LION after reading it while 24 percent discard it, 12 percent save it and 19 percent place it in a waiting room or give it to another person or a hospital, library or other institution. (Percentages for this question exceed 100 percent because some Lions both recycle the magazine and sometimes pass it on.) As for the digital LION (lionmagazine.org), 18 percent said they read it. Sixty-five percent of those who read it find it somewhat useful, 17 percent very useful and 11 percent not very useful. FIRST CENTENNIAL VIDEO PREMIERES The first centennial video, a five-minute story on the founding of Lions Clubs International, is part of the latest LQ, the Lions Quarterly video magazine. The video explains how and why Lions began in 1917 and why “Lions” was chosen as a name. It describes founder Melvin Jones and the Chicago Central Lions Club, the first new club. Subsequent videos, to be released periodically, will focus on Jones, Lions as Knights of the Blind, expansion of Lionism, peace/international understanding and other themes. Watch the first centennial video at lionmagazine.org. Ahmi Dhuna Burlington Area Leo, Iowa This driven and dynamic high school senior excels at sports, science and service. A Leo of the Year Award recipient and Leo Club Program Advisory Panel member, Dhuma credits her achievements to the high bar set by her two older brothers and her parents’ knack for letting her passions soar—sometimes quite literally. Dancing Cub My brother was the founder of my Leo club, and I started tagging along to service projects when I was 9. I was the honorary club mascot! My favorite memory is going to the prom that the Leos held at the nursing home. I loved dancing and watching the kids and seniors together. Serving Up Team Spirit I started playing tennis when I was 5. I love that it’s as much a mental challenge as physical. I was team captain last year. It’s challenging to motivate a team in an individual sport. My Leo leadership experience helped me know how to encourage my teammates and build a contagious excitement. An Evergreen Curiosity I’m fascinated by science. I won the state Junior Science and Humanities Symposium with a research project on the antibacterial effects of the neem tree. The twigs are commonly used as toothbrushes in India, where my parents grew up. My mom used neem twigs until she was 12, and she’s never had a cavity! Cleared for Takeoff My parents have always let my passions grow, even if it’s been something they might rather I not do. I was at an airshow last year, and a flight school was offering free introductory lessons. After a long phone call with my parents, I was taxiing onto the tarmac. I knew this would become my sanctuary, something that made me feel powerful but also at peace. The Sky’s the Limit I’m younger by 7 years than my brothers. They’re incredibly hard workers, and that rubbed off on me. But it’s taken some time for me to discover my own path. Being a Leo has been a big part of that. One of my brothers came with me one day to flight school. Now he’s following my lead and getting his license! April is Leo Club Awareness Month. Find out about ways to help Leos like Dhuna soar and learn more about the Leo Club Program Advisory Panel at lionsclubs.org/leoclubs. Overheard “I’ve had government cheese. I’ve had government peanut butter, so I see the importance of giving back.” —John Bingham Jr., region chair and member of the Pontiac Lions Club in Michigan, referring to his childhood. From the Oakland Press. “Service projects come from the heart. The opportunity came, and I took it.” —Trisha Grahmann, charter president of the Victoria Downtown Lions Club in Texas. From the Victoria Advocate. By the Numbers 15 Varieties of soups and chilies offered at the Bear Lake Lions soup dinner in Michigan. 850 Skiers who took part in the Hayward Lions Pre-Birkie race, which began in near-zero temperatures in Wisconsin. (The event precedes the American Birkebeiner or Birkie, the largest cross country ski race in North America.) 116 Coats purchased in one year for children by Boardman Lions in Ohio through the New Coats for Kids program at Target. 3.5 Distance in miles of the Only Fools Run at Midnight race staged by Medical Lake Lions in Washington. 40 Winter jackets bought for children by Dunkirk-Fredonia Lions in New York. 300 Gallons of apple cider sold each week in October during the annual Cider Day of Tallmadge Lions in Ohio. 57 Pairs of gently used jeans collected for the needy by the Dakota County Technical College Lions and the school’s Student Life office in Minnesota. 45 Teams that competed in the Dodge for a Good Cause dodgeball tournament held by Swanton Lions in Ohio. 17 Inmates from a federal prison who worked alongside Shamokin Lions and other volunteers to clean up Shamokin Cemetery in Pennsylvania where 800 veterans are buried (among others). 84 Years Ago in the LION MARCH 1931 Lions in Sweetwater, Texas, had to pull a farm wagon, loaded with Rotarians, after they lost a ticket-selling contest between the two clubs for a charity football game. But the game drew a big crowd, and the Lions won where it counted—on the field. The Lions “smote the enemy hip and thigh and won the football game.”
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