EDITORS PREPARE FOR DIGITAL LION Twenty-three editors from LION magazines worldwide recently met in Germany to discuss the transition to digital versions of the magazines. Lions’ International Board of Directors decided last June that each of the 33 official editions of the LION, including this magazine, be limited to four printed issues each year beginning January 2018. “The younger generation wants digital,” International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada of Japan told the editors. “You will be able to read the LION on the bus or train. We are moving in the right direction.” The headquarters LION (this edition—primarily for Lions in the United States and Canada) will debut a new and improved digital magazine later this year, in conjunction with monthly print issues until becoming a quarterly print edition in 2018. The 33 official editions are printed in 21 languages; the editions run the president’s column, LCIF stories and other material in the headquarters edition while also carrying stories on local Lions’ projects and concerns. LION editors meet every three years to share ideas. The meeting in Augsburg, Germany, was held to coincide with the annual Lions’ Europa Forum. ITALIAN LEO CLUB WINS VIDEO CONTEST In a video, in a style reminiscent of a cheesy TV commercial, excited Italian Leos quickly pass the box of the board game they created from one to another and shout out its value. The game, Let’s Play Different, teaches schoolchildren to accept those with disabilities. The video is fun, creative—and prize-winning. It recently won first place in the video contest sponsored by the Leo Club Program of Lions Clubs International. As part of its #RaiseYourVoice campaign, LCI asked Leo clubs worldwide to create a video on a cause the club is passionate about. LCI received 33 videos from 16 nations. Second place went to Nethmini Hapuarachchige of Tanzania; she made a heartfelt plea to support children especially orphans and those with special needs. They need to be educated but also “should have our love and compassion,” she says in the video. Third place went to the Punta Arenas Cruz del Sur Leo Club in Chile for its video describing members’ commitment to service. “I feel in my heart the spirit of service,” says a Leo. Digital LION Watch the three Leo videos at lionmagazine.org. MEXICO ELIMINATES RIVER BLINDNESS Mexico has become the third country to eliminate onchoceriasis, known as river blindness, The Carter Center announced. In 2013, Colombia became the first nation verified by the World Health Organization to be free of river blindness, and its elimination in Ecuador was confirmed in 2014. LCIF has provided The Carter Center with millions of dollars in grants to fight river blindness, and local Lions clubs provide logistical support and help mobilize communities to receive ivermectin. Other partners in the disease eradication include the Pan American Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck (which donates the medication). River blindness is caused by the bites of flies that live near rivers and transmit parasitic worms. The disease, besides its debilitating personal effects, takes an enormous economic toll, preventing people from working, harvesting crops and caring for children. Some 600,000 people in Latin America had been at risk of contracting the disease. Lions and The Carter Center continue to work against river blindness in Brazil and Venezuela and in large swaths of Africa. FOUR STARS FOR LCIF For the fourth consecutive year, Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator, recently awarded LCIF four stars, the highest ranking a charity can receive. Based in New Jersey, Charity Navigator evaluates the financial health, accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 charities to help donors be better informed about where they give. Only 8 percent of the charities it has rated have received a four-star rating for four consecutive years. “The rating confirms what many Lions already know—LCIF is a great way to make a difference in the lives of people,” says LCIF Chairperson Joe Preston of Arizona. “Our foundation is adept at maximizing the value of the donations it receives from Lions.” Go to lcif.org to donate or learn more. Overheard “Hello. I’m Johnny Cash.” —Tribute artist James Garner at a Johnny Cash concert sponsored by Loma Rica Lions in California. “It was a miraculous thing. It’s impossible to believe what they really do for me. They do what they’re trained to do, but I swear this dog knows me better than I know myself. I wasn’t doing anything before I got the dog. It gave me a lot of confidence. I changed from someone who stayed at home most of the time to where I would get out and go because I wanted to.” —Lion Pauline Ulrey, speaking about Gundy and her seven previous German Shepherd Leader Dogs. Ulrey received her first Leader Dog in 1963, just before starting college. She joined the Southport Lions Club in Indiana in 1988. From the Southside Times. “They’re salty. … It’s the type of food you just have to try. They taste better than they look.” —John Butler, a longtime aficionado of the oyster roast of the Fayetteville Massey Hill Lions Club in North Carolina. From the Fayetteville Observer. VIDEO MAGAZINE DETAILS LIONS’ GROWTH So how did an association comprising a handful of Lions clubs grow into the world’s largest service club organization? The latest LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine, focuses on Lions’ explosive expansion. The segment is part of LCI’s centennial video series in advance of Lions’ 100-year anniversary in 2017. The latest LQ also features a Massachusetts club that collected pennies, the upcoming international convention in Fukuoka, Japan, and a new PSA (public service announcement). 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 new centennial video at lionmagazine.org. 43 Years Ago in the LION FEBRUARY 1973 A fire gutted the main cottage of Ivy Green, the home of Helen Keller. Tuscumbia Lions in Alabama spearheaded the restoration. “A Shrine Restored” was the headline in the LION. “The home is once more a beautiful memorial to America’s First Lady of Courage,” according to the LION. Digital LION Read the full story at lionmagazine.org. By the Numbers 1929 First year of the annual carnival run by Grand Junction Lions in Colorado. 1922 First year of the annual Brown Jug banquet by the Saginaw Downtown Lions for backup players for the rivalry football game between Saginaw High School and Arthur Hill High School in Michigan. 1945 First year of the annual Achievement Banquet of the Old Fort Lions in Ohio honoring outstanding students and athletes. 1938 First year of the annual Halloween parade of the Paxtang Lions in Pennsylvania. 1967 First year of the annual Toys for Tots program of the Dixon Lions in California. 1950 First year of the annual pancake breakfast on Palm Sunday of the Garden Grove Host Lions in California. 1962 First year of the annual Corn and Chicken Dinner of the Fort Atkinson Lions in Wisconsin. 1944 First year of the annual Chicken Fry of the Coweta Lions in Oklahoma. 1961 First year of the annual carnival of the Middle Paxton Lions in Pennsylvania. 1929 First year of the annual Fisherman’s Picnic, sponsored by Grand Marais Lions in Minnesota since 1953. 1938 First year of the annual Lions Club Carnival of Orange Lions in Texas. 1960 First year of the annual Special Kids Picnic for children with disabilities held by Grand Island Lions in New York. 1940 First year of the annual Posy Parade, a floral children’s parade sponsored by the San Bruno Lions in California since the late 1970s. Digital LION • Delicious burgoo, hefty pigs and cows, and elite runners help clubs in Illinois, Indiana and Arizona, respectively, sustain longtime projects (October 2008 LION). • These clubs belong to the “50-year club”—their projects have lasted more than half a century (September 2015 LION). Read about these remarkable longtime projects at lionmagazine.org.
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