HUMANITARIAN AWARD TO SAVE THE CHILDREN Celebrated for saving and improving lives, Save the Children will receive the 2015 Lions Humanitarian Award at the international convention in June in Honolulu. The charity, based in Fairfield, Connecticut, has greatly reduced newborn and child mortality. Its award-winning literacy initiatives have boosted literacy rates. It also helps children when disaster strikes, and in the United States it supports preschool programs as well as afterschool and summer programs to strengthen academics, increase physical activity and promote nutritious diets. More than 14 million children benefited from its hunger programs in its last fiscal year, and it treated 3 million children for lethal diseases such as measles, pneumonia and diarrhea. Save the Children was begun in 1919 in the aftermath of the ravages of World War I. A $250,000 grant from LCIF accompanies the award. Overheard “They just sent some guys out in the field to pick some more.” —President Pam Twohey of the Collins Lions after realizing the 800 ears of fresh Iowa corn would not be enough for her club’s annual corn feed. From the Ames Tribune. “Fertilizer. Lots of fertilizer.” —William Huber, 9, explaining how he grew his first-place, 569-pound entry for the Lions Club Giant Pumpkin Weigh-in in Sycamore, Illinois. From the Daily Chronicle. LIONS CENTENNIAL ITEMS CAN BE PURCHASED Proud to be a Lion and proud of our upcoming centennial in 2017? The Lions Store at Lions Clubs International (LCI) is selling sharply designed centennial items such as Lions polo shirts, ties, caps, pens, coffee mugs and banners. The items feature the attractive centennial logo. A snazzy large men’s polo shirt is $34.95. A stylish Cross ballpoint pen with a polished chrome barrel is $54.95, and a durable, 13-ounce mug is only $14.95. More centennial items will be offered soon. To order, go to lcistore.org. Digital LION Club Supplies at LCI has offered a wide array of items in the last 70 years or so. Take a look at lionmagazine.org. • Ladies Night gifts include necklaces, earrings and sewing kits (February 1952 LION). • Personalized sport shirts for Lions sell for $6.95 (June 1959). • Among the anniversary items are a Golden Anniversary lion, a Zippo lighter and a utility brush kit (November 1966). • Christmas gifts for Lions include a sporty western hat and “the ever-popular, washable poplin jacket” (November 1981). CHILDREN DRAW A BEAD ON PEACE POSTER Displayed at a playground in Sweden’s second largest city is an artwork made from 89,000 colored beads— a stunning reproduction of the grand prize poster from the 2012 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Dozens of schoolchildren at schools or at Positive Park in Göteborg devoted about 150 hours to create the intricate bead work, based on the poster of Trisha Co Reyes of the Philippines. “We wanted a picture with the theme of peace, so it all started with Google. That’s where we found Trisha’s picture and contacted Lions [Clubs International] to get permission,” says Cecilia Hansson, who works with children at the park. “We actually didn’t know about the contest until we saw her beautiful art. It had everything—flags from all over the world, children holding hands, faces of children, cities, the peace sign and a dove.” The children used 99 peg boards and PhotoPearls software to create the art, which advanced the cause of peace. “The children collaborated and met children from other social classes,” says Hansson. “When they sit down and work quietly they have nice conversations about different things in their lives.” By the Numbers 18 Young men and women sworn into the U.S. Air Force at a Lake Erie Crushers minor league baseball game in Avon, Ohio, during which Lion Jim Harley, whose son was sworn in, and other Lions collected donations for the Wounded Warrior Project. 525 Winning bid in dollars for a bushel of peaches at the annual peach auction of Porter Lions in Oklahoma. 90,000 Fairgoers streaming into the Twin Falls County Fair in Idaho whose parking was coordinated by Twin Falls Lions. 107,000 Ears of corn roasted and served by New Berlin Lions at the Wisconsin State Fair. 3 Distance in kilometers of the dog walkathon held by Blacksburg Host Lions and the Delta Gamma Sorority on the Virginia Tech campus to raise funds for the club. VIDEO MAGAZINE DETAILS LIONS’ PROJECTS The current edition of LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine, showcases two large projects done in a single weekend by nine clubs in Minnesota, reforestation efforts by Lions in Jamaica, the new disaster relief public service announcement and the impact of Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs. Send your story suggestions to LQ@lionsclubs.org. Be sure to “like” and share LQ on social media. LQ is available on the LCI website, YouTube, iTunes and DVD. TORNADO STORY HAS A TWIST A powerful EF4 tornado killed two people and leveled Fairdale, a town of 200 in northern Illinois, in April. The homes of three Lions who belong to the Kirkland Lions Club were destroyed or damaged. Donations of goods poured in, and Kirkland Lions, working alongside other volunteers, helped fill 14 semitrucks (as of press time). The club also cleared debris and distributed to tornado victims the $10,000 collected by Jewel Ward from Washington in southwestern Illinois. Two years earlier a twister had devastated Washington, and Ward found a place to stay in Fairdale. Her brother, Charlie Freeman, is a Kirkland Lion. MUSEUM EXHIBIT APPEALS TO LIONS Planning to be in New York City this summer? The renowned American Museum of Natural History is presenting an exhibit with interest to Lions. “Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease” explores onchocerciasis (also known as river blindness) and other widespread diseases such as polio and malaria. Partnering with The Carter Center, LCIF has helped protect millions from the blinding disease. Through stunning photography, videography and artifacts, the exhibit explores the factors that determine if a disease is eradicable as well as the scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions. Running through July 12, the exhibit is presented in collaboration with The Carter Center and is supported by LCIF. 55 Years Ago in the LION JUNE 1960 Esther Tips of Texas, a home economics teacher for blind students, developed “Cooking Without Looking,” a Braille cookbook. It took her five years to create the book, the only one not adapted from cookbooks for the sighted—which typically included non-helpful instructions such as “cook until well-browned.” A chance remark by her boss, Lion W.E. “Bill” Allen, the blind superintendent of the Texas School for the Blind, inspired her effort. “Be practical in your teaching. Blind people can’t learn by observation,” he told her. Shown are (from left) Lion Jack Mason; A. B. Tipps, Esther’s husband; and a blind student who prepared bean dip from a recipe in the cookbook.
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