Little Squirts Usually confined to an orphanage in Japan, 53 children spent a glorious, memorable day in the mountains, chasing one another with squirt guns, splashing and swimming in a blue creek and winning toys at bingo. Eighteen members of the Yokosuka Chuo Lions Club escorted the children. Some of the children were from the White Birch Home for Children and Babies, founded by Lion Toru Hamada. The others were from Shunko Gakuen, originally founded for children orphaned by World War II. The club has held the outing for 20 years. “These children have few or no chances to go out with their families or other caring adults,” says Koyama Hidekazu, vice director of Shunko Gakuen. “Playing outside, they become completely different kids in an instant.” The children also “hand fish,” plucking rainbow trout from a cordoned-off section of the creek and later eating the grilled trout. Read more stories of Japanese Lions helping children on page 34. Happy Lions Lions in District 300 G2 in Multiple District 300 Taiwan officially launch an app to enhance communication among Lions and to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of their service projects. Travels of a Mascot Until rescued a few years ago by sharp-eyed Lion Jim Cotter, Lion Leo quietly spent his days languishing on a shelf at a Goodwill store. Since his liberation, he’s traveled 45,000 miles around the world, thanks to the oversight of longtime Lion James Royse of the Granbury Lions in Texas and his peripatetic son, Col. Jamey Royse of the U.S. Army. Lion Leo has amused passersby and sparked conversations about Lions in London (1), a NATO base in Afghanistan (2), Gibraltar (3), the Czech Republic (4) and the Castle Hill Lions Club Peace Park (5) in Townsville, Australia. Proving he likes to kick back and relax as well as the next stuffed animal, Lion Leo mingled with the crowd at the beer garden atop Zugspitze (6), Germany’s tallest mountain. Lion Leo occasionally also went “incognito,” preferring to remain out of the picture, as he did in Vienna at historic St. Stephen’s Church (7 and 8), which Lions helped to restore. Lion Leo is always happy when his flight is on time (9). Ultimately, though, Lion Leo enjoys hanging out with his Lions friends, especially Lions veterans such as Jerry Ables (10).
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