LIONS URGED TO HELP REFUGEES International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada of Japan has urged Lions to assist the hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq. “I challenge Lions in all countries that have taken in refugees to contact your local and federal government to offer your assistance. Your government can tell you where the need is and how best to help,” he blogged in September on the website of Lions Clubs International. “I also challenge Lions in other nations to contact Lions in the countries hosting refugees. There may be opportunities to provide support.” Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded grants for Lions-led relief efforts in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. “Please consider making a donation today so that LCIF and Lions can continue providing humanitarian aid and promoting harmony around the world,” Yamada added. Headed to Austria, a weary group of refugees walks on a highway in September in Budapest, the Hungarian capital. Refugees arrived in Europe following exhausting journeys from Syria and other troubled countries. Digital LION • Lions ease suffering of war refugees (June 2015 LION and Sept. 2014 LION). Read the inspiring stories at lionmagazine.org. ARTIFICIAL CORNEA BACKED BY LIONS The Indiana Lions Eye Bank is supporting the development of a bioengineered cornea. The bioengineered cornea, whose cost is estimated to be less than one-third of a human donor cornea, will reduce the critical shortage of donor corneas in most nations. The eye bank invested $500,000 toward the development of the bioengineered cornea by LinCor Biosciences in Singapore. Expected to be available soon, the artificial cornea was developed over the last dozen years at the University of Ottawa in Canada and Linköping University in Sweden. Patients in Sweden in clinical trials who received the artificial cornea showed marked improvements in their vision. Only about 150,000 corneal transplants are done annually even though the number of people estimated to be blind from corneal disease or injury exceeds 10 million. U.S. eye banks shared 29,000 corneas with other nations in 2014. KELLER ARCHIVES TO BE DIGITIZED Helen Keller’s most prized possessions—letters from Mark Twain and Franklin D. Roosevelt, photographs with John F. Kennedy and Charlie Chaplin, her honorary Oscar and Presidential Medal of Freedom—will be available online. The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) received a $275,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize its Keller archives. AFB has more than 80,000 items in its Keller archives. She worked for the New York-based group for more than 40 years. The material will be accessible to those with vision impairments. Keller had a special relationship with Lions: she gave them their original mission by challenging them in 1925 to become “Knights of the Blind.” Digital LION Helen Keller has been an inspiration for Lions and a frequent profile subject in the LION. The videos and stories are at lionmagazine.org. • Watch rare newsreel footage of Keller and Anne Sullivan (May 2013 LION). • Keller talks about her greatest disappointment (May 2013). • Discover sites and landmarks related to Keller (May 2013). • Keller relative follows in her footsteps (May 2013). • A graphic novel shows the trials of young Helen and her teacher (October 2013). • Lions keep Keller’s memory alive (September 2009). • Do people still know who Keller was (June 2008)? • The story behind Keller’s challenge to Lions (January 2007). By the Numbers 2 Perfect games bowled at a fundraiser held by Kimball Lions in Nebraska. 3,321 Estimated lives saved by the 1,107 units of blood collected by Ubly Lions in Michigan. 33 Pairs of snowshoes donated to a local school by Magnetawan Lions in Ontario, Canada. 30 Cups of coffee brewed by the new coffee maker given to firefighters by Harker Heights Lions in Texas, an upgrade from their aging, 10-cup coffee maker. 312,905 People who received vision screenings from District 25 F Lions in Indiana since 2004. 763 Tulip bouquets recently sold by Mount Angel Lions in Oregon to support the club’s scholarship program. 500 Packets of pumpkin seeds given to families by Sycamore Lions in Illinois at an Easter egg hunt held by the local police. 44 Students who received winter coats earlier this year from Park Hills Lions in Missouri. 18,000 + Doughnuts sold in one year during the Pekin Marigold Festival by Pekin Lions in Illinois. PUT YOUR TWO CENTS IN FOR THE NEW $10 BILL Eleanor Roosevelt is the clear leader followed by Harriet Tubman, Sacagawea (the Native American guide for Lewis and Clark), women’s suffrage activist Susan B. Anthony and pilot Amelia Earhart. Helen Keller has received support as well. The U.S. Treasury announced in June a woman will appear on the $10 bill when it is redesigned for 2020, the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. A McClatchy-Marist poll showed that 29 percent favored the country’s longest-serving first lady. The Treasury is soliciting votes of support at https://thenew10.treasury.gov/share-your-ideas/submit. VIDEO MAGAZINE SHOWCASES SIGHT ROLE Lions became Knights of the Blind early in our history. Learn how that started and discover how Lions fulfilled that role through the decades in the current edition of LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine. The video magazine also shows how Lions champion children to become heroes for peace through the Peace Poster Contest, how a Belgium club has served people with intellectual disabilities for more than 50 years and how a Leo club in Illinois organizes an annual senior prom, the “Moonlight Senior Citizen Dance.” Be sure to “like” and share LQ on social media. LQ is available on the LCI website, YouTube, iTunes and DVD. AUDIO VERSION OF THE LION AVAILABLE LION Magazine is now part of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) NEWSLINE, a free touch-tone telephone service that provides audio versions of more than 300 print newspapers and magazines. Dial 1-888-882-1629, or use a local number, which can be located by inputting the caller’s area code on the NFB website. Access LION Magazine by pressing “7” off the main menu for “Magazines” and then press “6” for “General Interest.” More information is at nfb.org/audio-newspaperservice. An audio version of the LION also is available at lionmagazine.org. A CD of the LION is available as well; visit lionmagazine.org. Digital LION Watch the latest LQ at lionmagazine.org. Overheard “I never knew I could have raised that much. This is the best day I have ever had, the very best day.” —a weeping Nicole Wheeler, who raised $4,520 for the Seymour Noon Lions Club, which gave the money to the Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing Inc. Wheeler, who underwent cochlear implant surgery when she was 2, raised the funds as part of her high school senior project. “Very seldom do we get anybody to pay it forward like she has today.” —Steve Winegardner, speech and hearing chairman for the Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing Inc. From the Seymour Tribune. “I came along, and he needed one to two nights a week of peace and quiet.” —Norman Haggard, 55, about his father, Elmo Haggard, and his decision in 1959 to join the Ivanhoe Lions Club in California, to which he still belongs. From the Visalia Times-Delta. “Lots of duct tape.” —Selena Kesidis, 12, on the secret of her handmade Halloween costume of a character from the movie “Monsters, Inc.” Selena competed for a prize in a holiday contest sponsored by the State College Lions Club in Pennsylvania. From the Centre Daily Times. FEE WAIVER FOR VETERANS A waiver of the charter or entrance fee for U.S. veterans of all ages has been extended by Lions Clubs International to June 30, 2016. The $30 charter or $25 entrance fee is waived for any qualifying veteran who joins a new or existing Lions club. Eligible veterans include retired U.S. military personnel or honorably-discharged members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard Services, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Reserves. For information, email email@example.com. 85 Years Ago in the LION NOVEMBER 1930 Lions of New York give 69 rebuilt typewriters and 100 radios to the blind as well as donate books in Braille to libraries. 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