Jim Platzer, a member of the Fort Wayne Shoaff Park Lions Club in Indiana, along with his wife, Janice, can now add author to his long list of achievements, which include former private pilot, marathoner and motivational speaker. After losing his sight gradually several years ago, Platzer received his guide dog Maddy in 2005. Their successful pairing led Platzer to co-author with illustrator BarbarAnn Fitzgerald a 75-page children’s book about his experiences with Maddy called “The Lion-Hearted Puppy: A Guide Dog’s Journey.” Platzer says the book, written from his guide dog’s perspective, is a tribute to all service dogs and includes life lessons for children. Sadly, Maddy passed away three years ago, and Platzer’s new dog Mica now guides him. “I may not be able to see, but I’m living life in high definition, thanks to Lions. If they hadn’t first helped me get a Leader dog, I wouldn’t be able to help and give back to my community. I wouldn’t be able to appreciate the things I do today,” says Platzer. He’s seeking a publisher for his book. “There’s so much good that service animals do in the world. I really want to support Leader Dogs for the Blind and Lions, and show the world how they serve,” he explains. Murray Leeper of the Rockport Lions Club in Texas came up with a clever way to boost membership around his community. Leeper printed at his own expense business cards with his name and contact information and pertinent information about his club’s significant projects and meeting times. With a tagline of “Ask Me how to Become a Lion,” Leeper says he’s handed out around 200 and several people have joined because of his invitation to attend a luncheon meeting. Past District Governor Shamir Andrew Ally, a native of Guyana and member of the Indian Trail Lions Club in North Carolina, and his wife Maryann, have donated nearly 1,500 textbooks, CD-ROMs and videos to the University of Guyana Library. The couple’s donated business books cover subjects from accounting to strategic management and are valued at more than US$95,000. Safford Lions in Arizona mourn the loss of Lion Carl Watson, but continue to be inspired by his enthusiasm, devotion to serving and joyful presence. Watson (right) and his wife, Sharon, were in a singing group and often sang patriotic songs at Lions events, community celebrations and a nursing home. He continued to perform until his failing health no longer allowed him to sing. “I can’t think of anyone more dedicated to Lionism,” says fellow club member Carolyn Vessels. In Virginia, when Dan Dellinger became a Vienna Host Lion in 2008, he jumped right in to actively help at Christmas tree sales, summer picnics and anywhere else help was needed. A former U.S. Army officer, Dellinger was appointed to a White House committee to investigate employment opportunity improvement for returning veterans. He was also elected national commander of the American Legion in 2013. Digital LION Watch a video of Jim Platzer flying the skies again with a little help from a friend at lionmagazine.org.
Published by International Association of Lions Clubs . View All Articles.
This page can be found at http://digital.lionmagazine.org/article/Roar+of+Approval/2296501/276720/article.html.