PAPER CRANES TAKE FLIGHT Seen a paper crane lately on Facebook or somewhere in your community? It’s not too late at all to join Lions’ paper crane campaign to promote Dignity, Harmony and Humanity. That’s the theme of International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada of Japan, and Lions Clubs International is spearheading a paper crane movement. Lions are encouraged to make a paper crane and write #DignityHarmonyHumanity on it, take a photo of it and share it on social media with the hashtag #DignityHarmonyHumanity. Lions also can leave a crane somewhere in the community for someone to find or give a crane to a friend. A Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. The wish of Lions Clubs is to spread dignity, harmony and humanity. Digital LION Watch a video on the paper crane campaign at lionmagazine.org. ANOTHER 1.3 MILLION PEOPLE RECEIVE VISION CARE October was a good month for sight: 4,917 Lions clubs worldwide reported to Lions Clubs International 7,731 vision projects serving 1.3 million people. Altogether, since the Centennial Service Challenge began in July 2014, Lions have reported serving the vision needs of 11 million people. The goal of the challenge is for Lions to serve 100 million people by June 30, 2018. To qualify, the service must be reported to LCI via the Service Activities Report on the online MyLCI system. The Protecting Our Environment campaign is next in April. So far, Lions have served 63 million people for the challenge. In addition to the vision numbers, Lions have served 22 million youths, fed 12 million people and benefited 18 million through environmental projects. RELIEF FOR REFUGEES Refugees from Syria and Iraq rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard will receive 2,000 backpacks filled with supplies thanks to Lions. Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded a US$60,000 refugee assistance grant to 54 Lions clubs in District 118 R in Turkey. Lions will pack the unisex backpacks with blankets, undergarments, towels, hygiene products, bottled drinking water and numerous other supplies and give them to the Turkish Coast Guard. Since the beginning of 2015, the coast guard has rescued 54,000 refugees. During their arduous, dangerous journey the refugees typically lose the little they were able to carry. LCIF recently approved a US$200,000 grant to assist refugees, and an LCI/LCIF Refugee Steering Committee was formed to coordinate assistance. GOOD NEWS FOR LION CARTER Former President Jimmy Carter, 91, announced in December that he is “cancer-free” after undergoing treatment for melanoma, which had spread to his liver and brain. He had disclosed his cancer diagnosis in August. A longtime Lion and past district governor, Carter has worked with Lions’ SightFirst program to curtail river blindness and trachoma. His cancer treatment did not stop him from getting out and having fun (read below). Digital LION Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were caught on the Atlanta Braves’ “Kiss Cam” at Turner Field in September. Watch the short video at lionmagazine.org. STOIC VIKINGS COACH JOINS IN Bud Grant’s stoicism was legendary when he roamed the sidelines as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings. But he sang along and was moved—as was everyone else at the Lions event—when Bob Carling, 98, led “God Bless America” in memory of Pearl Harbor Day. A World War II veteran, Carling has been an Eden Prairie Lion in Minnesota since 1961. A Navy veteran, Grant was a special guest at the Lions’ Wild Game Feed. His son, Mike, the football coach at Eden Prairie High School, is a member. 66 Years Ago in the LION MARCH 1950 A flash flood nearly wiped Spring Valley, Wisconsin, off the map in 1942, but eight years later, spearheaded by the Lions in town, “the press wires and the radio buzzed with the amazing news that ‘The Town That Wouldn’t be Licked’ had been cited as one of the nation’s cleanest towns.” Lion Earle Allen (far right) helped lead the cleaning brigades. LIONS COME TO RESCUE AFTER GRISLY SHARK ATTACK Surfer Mat Lee, 32, was attacked and severely injured by a great white shark near Ballina, Australia, in July. Lennox Head Lions are leading the fundraising effort to aid his recovery. Lennox Head is just a few miles from Ballina, one of the most popular surfing spots on Australia’s east coast, and many Lennox Head Lions surfed when they were younger. “Mat has a long way to go with his rehabilitation, but he’s a resilient young man with great support from family and friends,” says Don Hurley, president. The club is managing an account set up for Lee at a local bank, where an employee is a Lions’ past president. The club itself made a AUS$4,500 (US$3,300) donation to Lee following its golf outing. Lee made an AUS$5,187 donation to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, which flew him to a hospital after the attack. “I’ve been making steady progress. I’m sure I will surf again one day,” says Lee. “The support from the Lions club has been fantastic and has made a huge difference in the road to recovery.” Digital LION Read about “The Town That Wouldn’t be Licked” at lionmagazine.org. Overheard “I look forward to this every year. When it hits January 1, I ask my mom, ‘Hey, have my papers come yet?’” —Tallin Thompson, a visually impaired high school freshman who attends a camp hosted by the Wood River Lions Club in Idaho. From Magicvalley.com. “If you want to help people, being a Lion is the best thing in the world.” —Jack Sans, past president of the Orland Park Lions Club in Illinois, on his club’s gifts for the needy. From The Regional News. “They just took it out of the pasture. I wanted a cow that is used to being around people, like one that goes to the fair. … It was hilarious.” —Chuck Traxel of the Laporte-Benedict Lions Club in Minnesota after a cow involved in the club’s Cow-a-Bunga Raffle at Laporte Days bolted through an orange snow fence and led chasers on four-wheelers across a busy highway. From the Grand Forks Herald. By the Numbers 239 Age of a white pine, donated by Lac Du Flambeau Lions, that was carved to create a 45-foottall, 6,000-pound totem pole for the Wisconsin Lions Camp. 33 Pairs of snowshoes donated to a local school by Magnetawan Lions in Ontario, Canada. 102 Pairs of pajamas collected at a PJ’s and Eggs meal held by Wickenburg Lions in Arizona for the state’s foster care program. Many diners wore their own pajamas to the evening event. 715,000 Miles driven by Lions in Iowa since 2009 to transport donated corneas for use in surgery or research. 1,000,000 Cans and bottles collected in the recycling project of the Adel Lions in Iowa since begun in 2003. 20 New inductees for the McDowell County Sports Hall of Fame, begun by Welch Lions in West Virginia. 2Emergency response trailers stocked with first aid kits and other items by Eudora Lions and the Kansas Lions Foundation. 8,208 Meals packed by Maricopa Lions in Arizona in 100 minutes for children in North Korea via the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children. 25 Games that constitute Meat Bingo, wherein winners receive $75 gift certificates for Godfrey’s Meats or Saubel’s food stores. Stewartstown Lions in Pennsylvania run the event. 20 Box fans donated to those without air conditioning by Lago Vista Lions in Texas. 67 Fire hydrants painted for the city by Scotts Hill Lions in Tennessee.
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