INDIAN ELECTED 2ND VICE PRESIDENT An Indian business leader will serve as international president in 2017-18. Past International Director Naresh Aggarwal of Delhi, India, was elected second international vice president June 30 at the 98th International Convention in Honolulu. (Full coverage of the convention will be in the October LION). A member of the Batala Smile Lions Club for 41 years, Aggarwal has received the Ambassador of Goodwill Award and 21 Presidential medals. He will become the third president from India: Rohit Mehta served in 1992-93 and Ashok Mehta in 2005-06. Aggarwal will follow current International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada of Japan, and First International Vice President Chancellor Bob Corlew of Tennessee, who will be president in 2016-17. By the Numbers 30+ Amateur artists who paid a $40 fee to take part in a Sip and Paint fundraiser for homeless students by Fairborn Lions in Ohio. The attendees received instruction from a local artist and could enjoy wine, beer and other refreshments. 7 Fish hooked by Tyler Greene in 90 minutes at the Bradenton Lions Club Annual Fishing Tournament for the Blind in Florida. 1,000 Pounds of nonperishable food collected by Brockport Lions in Ohio for a food pantry. 3 Minutes allotted for contestants to eat the most shrimp in the Shrimp-Eating Championship at the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club Shrimp Festival in Florida. 106 Children at three schools who were given fingerprint kits to take home to parents as a safety measure by New Waterford Lions in Nova Scotia, Canada. 2,800 Service hours Conroe Noon Lions in Texas worked at the Montgomery County Fair and Rodeo. 150 Third-graders in the Hayward area who took part in a Water Habitat Study Day at a lake thanks to Chequamegon Lions in Wisconsin. 6 Community needs assessment meetings run by local officials and hosted by Bellbrook Lions in Ohio. 4 Days a week Mowrystown Lions in Ohio operated a candy store during the holiday season. VIDEO MAGAZINE DETAILS LIONS’ PROJECTS Want to see a fun, quick-moving, 120-second overview of Lions’ history? Then watch the current edition of LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine. The 16-minute video magazine also profiles a special peace camp in Norway begun by Lions after a horrific shooting spree at a youth camp, a blind sailing competition in Wisconsin, the Arizona Lions Vision Center and a community garden in Hawaii that counters hunger. 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. Digital LION Watch the latest LQ at lionmagazine.org. LIONS ROAR AHEAD ON CENTENNIAL SERVICE CHALLENGE One year is on the books, and Lions are off to a great start on the Centennial Service Challenge. Lions clubs reported to Lions Clubs International (LCI) that 40 million people have served as of June 30. Lions served 15 million youths, benefited 10.5 million people through environmental projects, provided food for 7.5 million and assisted 7 million through vision services. The goal is for Lions to serve 100 million people from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2018. To qualify, the service must be reported to LCI via the Service Activities Report on the online MyLCI system. LIONS IN INDIA HOLD RICE BUCKET CHALLENGE Playing off the ice bucket challenge, Lions in Kolkata, India, sponsored a Rice Bucket Challenge to feed the hungry. District 322 B2 collected from Lions 2,500 packages of 5 kilograms of rice, enough to provide 100,000 meals. They distributed the rice to senior citizen homes, schools for the blind, homes for those with disabilities, street children and beggars. Flushed with success, the district appealed to Lions again, and this time raised 18,000 packages, enough for 720,000 meals. TWO SPECIAL GUESTS AT MEETING John Simpson brought along his pet turtle when speaking on hearing loss to his club in Texas. A member of the Cleveland Lions Club, Simpson is a hearing instrument specialist who owns hearing aid centers. Some patients cry after hearing for the first time in years a family member speak. “I can’t think of a more rewarding occupation,” he said, according to Houston News. His turtle, Mr. Blue Jeans, was named by his daughter. 35 Years Ago in the LION SEPTEMBER 1980 Canada’s first Lions club celebrates its diamond jubilee (60 years) with the dedication of a multimillion-dollar residence for the elderly and the blind. Digital LION Read the complete story at lionmagazine.org. SINGAPORE PICKED FOR CONVENTION Singapore is exotically modern. “The Singapore cityscape looks like it was ripped from the pages of a science fiction comic book,” says TripAdvisor. Lonely Planet has dubbed Singapore the world’s top travel destination. The city boasts multicultural diversity, green urban spaces and unforgettable food and places–such as the 250-acre Gardens by the Bay and its futuristic biodomes. In 2020 the bustling Asian city will teem with Lions: it will host the international convention. The board of directors made the choice in the spring. In June Lions met in Honolulu at the 98th International Convention. Lions gather in Fukuoka, Japan, in 2016, Chicago in 2017 (the centennial for Lions Clubs), Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2018 and Milan, Italy, in 2019. Overheard “I thought I’d never be able to do this.” —Sixth-grader Dylan Ono on being eye-to-eye with a stuffed leopard at the home of a Kealakekua resident, who has a huge collection of stuffed animals and animal artifacts, on a “sensory safari” for youths with visual impairments organized by Kona Lions in Hawaii. From West Hawaii Today. “Working with the Lions club is important to develop and foster professional relationships between the George Washington, the U.S. Navy and Japanese locals.” —Lt. j.g. Cole Yoos, referring to the sailors of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington who took part in a beach cleanup with Zushi Hayama Lions in Japan. From the Imperial Valley News. “It’s so secret. I don’t even know it, and I’ve been president of the club for four terms.” —Brian Fox of the Pickerington Lions in Ohio on his club’s perch fry recipe. From This Week News.
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