AUSTRIA Elvis Lives! “Elvis Lebt!” was the headline in the Austrian LION after the Lions’ concert. U.S. audiences are accustomed to Elvis tribute artists, but the King can still pack a house even in Austria, even among an audience more comfortable with centuries-old classical music than with classic rock n’ roll. The Wien (Vienna) Ostarrichi Lions Club held a concert starring the “world's best Elvis tribute artist—Rusty.” Besides many Lions, the audience for the sold-out concert in the venerable Vienna Metropol Theater included prominent politicians and business leaders. Also attending was Dagmar Schellenberger, the artistic director of the Seefestspiele Mörbisch, the world’s biggest operetta festival. The event directly raised 5,500 euros and another 5,000 euros were donated later. Lions gave the funds (US$12,500) to the Order of St. Francis for its work among for the homeless and for typhoon victims in the Philippines. NORWAY A Different Kind of Singing Lions in Norway can rap as well as serve. “Vi er Lions” (“We are Lions”) features ultra-hip Norwegian rap star Oral Bee, a catchy musical score and swaying, singing Lions. The Lions of Norway released the dazzling video to promote their Red Feather campaign, their largest fundraising drive. The campaign raised 24 million kroners (US$3 million). Lions went door to door in neighborhoods with donation buckets or stood outside stores. Also spurring contributions were newspaper ads, television and online advertising and an online fundraising site promoted through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The funds will be used for Lions Quest. “It is better to build children than to repair adults” is the slogan of Lions Quest in Norway. Norwegian Lions emphasize the effectiveness of Lions Quest in reducing bullying, a major concern in schools. Lions gave donors a red feather attached to a pin. In Scandinavia especially, a red feather is a humanitarian symbol. Swedish Lions first used it in the 1960s in raising money. Lions had noticed it on Japanese during the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964, and its origin is American. U.S. occupation forces introduced the symbol to the Japanese after World War II, according to Vibeke Aasland, editor of the Norwegian LION. Digital LION Watch the rap video at lionmagazine.org. INDIA Women Honored Ujjain Lions honored 50 parents who have daughters to call attention to female feticide and the need to empower women. Lions who spoke at the meeting “emphasized that women must realize their own potential. … It is important that women become self-reliant and be able to protect their own rights,” according to The Free Press Journal.
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