CHILDREN’S SERVICE WEEK SET Lions’ Children’s Dignity Week is Aug. 30-Sept. 5. International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada encourages Lions to aid children that week and to report the service to Lions Clubs International. Meal programs for homeless students, literacy programs for hospitalized children and sports programs for young refugees are just a few ways a club can assist children. Also consider the Reading Action Program or the Lions Children First and Leo Spotlight on Children programs. (Information on them is at lionsclubs.org.) Report the service on the online MyLCI Service Activity Report to earn a Centennial Banner Patch, to get your club’s name on the online Centennial Ticker and to count toward the Centennial Service Challenge of Lions serving 100 million people. LIONS AID NEPAL AFTER EARTHQUAKE Supported by a $100,000 grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation, Lions of Nepal aided victims of the devastating earthquake in April. Lions distributed food, water, clothes and sanitary items after the disaster, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured tens of thousands. Many Lions clubs worldwide raised funds for relief and some sent supplies. Lions in England dispatched a plane full of water purifiers. “Every day we are saving lives in Nepal. We are giving hope for a new life,” 2014-15 International President Joe Preston of Arizona wrote in his blog a few weeks after the earthquake. ‘BIRTHDAY LION’ DIES SHORT OF 100 Robert Schwartz was born to be a Lion. He entered this world on June 7, 1917, the same day Lions Clubs International (LCI) was born in Chicago at a meeting organized by Melvin Jones. Schwartz, a member of the Durand Lions in Illinois, died on May 29, just nine days before his 98th birthday. He had hoped to celebrate his 100th birthday along with LCI. He became a Lion in 1990 after farming for 50 years. A few months later, the district governor gave a brief history of the founding of Lions on a visit to the club. “He said, ‘That’s my exact birthday.’ He didn’t know it,” recounts Past International Director Russ Sarver, a club member who was at the meeting. “He was very proud of it.” Schwartz served as a Lion Tamer, worked Candy Day and the club’s beef dinner and planted trees. He bowled until he was 90 and also enjoyed cards, fishing and horseshoes. Coincidentally, Durand is 100 miles from Chicago. By the Numbers 60 American flags replaced at a flag workshop of Liberty Lions in Texas. The club puts up about 1,200 flags on 14 flag routes on patriotic holidays. 66 Worn American flags replaced by Olney Lions in Maryland. The flags are displayed on streets on national holidays. 200 Quarts of oysters sold in less than a month by Stanley Lions in Virginia. 3 Active shooter response bags, consisting of helmets and vests, purchased for local police by Forty Fort Lions in Pennsylvania. 20+ Students from the Oklahoma School for the Blind who helped Sapulpa Lions with their annual bean and chili dinner. 32 World War II veterans honored at a Memorial Day celebration sponsored by the Eden Evening Lions in North Carolina. 8 Goldfish who competed in an eight-laned race staged by the North Bend Mount Si Lions and Leos in Washington to benefit a nonprofit equestrian farm. 29:19 Length in minutes of “Carnival Man,” a humorous, quirky, affectionate movie about the 80-year-old carnival of Rolla Lions in Missouri. Digital LION Watch part of the amusing “Carnival Man,” a tribute to summer and community, disguised as a film about a Lions’ carnival, at lionmagazine.org. Overheard “The little girl was fitted for glasses and on the drive home, she asked her mom, ‘What are those big round things?’ When her mom figured out her daughter was referring to trees with leaves, she said she started to cry. She had no idea her little girl was not seeing these things.” —Barb Cogdill of the Sioux City Lions in Iowa on a screening she did as part of Iowa KidSight. From the Catholic Globe. “Otherwise you run into them at weddings and funerals.” —President Gene Gohmann of the Kimball Lions in Minnesota on the drawing power within the community of his club’s decades-old pancake breakfast. From the St. Cloud Times. “At one point I decided to sing along. I just grabbed the mic and went for it.” —Melanie Saucier, 19, a seasoned classical singer, recalling her stage debut as a 2-year-old as her father, Lion Gary, sang “Daddy’s Little Girl” at the Fort Kent Lions’ Pride of the Lion show in Maine. From the Bangor Daily News. LCI LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN Mark Twain wrote, “Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.” Imagine then the impact of advertising with a “big thing” such as Lions Clubs International. LCI has launched a three-year global advertising campaign to raise the visibility of Lions, encourage new members to join and promote its 100th anniversary in 2017. The campaign features the centennial slogan, “Where there’s a need, there’s a Lion,” as well as real Lions from around the world. The first year of ads includes digital airport displays in Rome and Seoul, inflight magazines in Brazil and Japan, digital billboards in Beijing and Hong Kong, business magazine ads in Hawaii and India, public service announcements for U.S. television and movie theaters and train station ads in Sydney and Brussels. Centennial ads can be downloaded from the Toolbox section of Lions100.org. BILL PROTECTING CLUBS ADVANCES A bipartisan bill that protects volunteer groups such as Lions clubs from liability was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives in May. The Volunteer Organization Protection Act of 2015 amends a law from 1997 to afford the same liability protection to volunteer groups and organizations already provided to individual volunteers. Lions Clubs International (LCI) worked with Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio on the legislation. Also supporting the bill are Rotary, Kiwanis, the YMCA and other prominent groups that rely on volunteers. The bill is part of a broader effort by LCI to advocate for the interests of the association. The 2015 Lions Day on Capitol Hill was held in May; Lions leaders including international officers, board members and past international presidents met with members of Congress and federal agencies on legislative and regulatory issues that impact Lions clubs. LIONS AT CONVENTION SAVE MAN’S LIFE Lion Bill Fitch, 54, slumped over in his chair at the Idaho Lions State Convention in Sun Valley in May. Seated in the row ahead of him, Lion Gary Rohwer rushed to his side. “He had no pulse,” says Rohwer, who quickly started CPR. Fitch took three breaths, but he still had “no detectable pulse.” Meanwhile, Lion Shery Schwartz had the staff grab the hotel’s defibrillator. Lions Patty Frison and Scott Bloxham did chest compressions before paramedics arrived and took him to a hospital. Fitch had suffered a heart attack and underwent triple-bypass surgery. His recovery is expected. “My fellow Lions knew what to do and acted without hesitating,” Fitch says. He’s looking forward to serving again for the Rigby Lions Club—with a new perspective. “I’ve already noticed more compassion in myself. Some of the small things that might have seemed important are not so important,” he says. 63 Years Ago in the LION JULY 1952 Two orphans meet a circus elephant during an outing sponsored by Spokane Lions in Washington. The LION ran a cover story on tips on holding a circus to raise funds. Digital LION Read the complete story at lionmagazine.org.
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