CENTENNIAL PLANS GATHER STEAM The U.S. Mint will sell a Lions centennial commemorative coin in 2017, the centennial year. The design will be unveiled soon. Other centennial plans of LCI are moving ahead. A statue of Melvin Jones will be erected at LCI headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. The first batch of pins for Membership Awards, signifying a new member has remained in good standing for a year, has been mailed. Large banners are being prepared both for board members and 2016-17 district governors to gather Lions’ signatures on smaller pieces during their travels before being reassembled. Lions in various nations are working with government officials on commemorative stamps. Most of the 865 Lions districts and multiple districts worldwide have a centennial coordinator. The 100 Touchstone stories (see page 21) can be read or downloaded from Lions100.org, the source of current centennial information. This centennial mug sells for $6.95. A variety of LCI centennial items including shirts, hats, pens, rings, signs, decals and calendars are available from Club Supplies at Lions100.org and lcistore.org. Digital LION View a centennial timeline that highlights the important milestones in Lions’ long history (October 2014 LION) at lionmagazine.org. VIDEO MAGAZINE DEPICTS INTERESTING PROJECTS Lions in Oregon collect cans to help kids, clubs in California empower deaf children at Camp Pacifica, and halfway across the world, Lions in Italy started a university for senior citizens that offers affordable courses on history, the arts and technology. These successful, interesting projects are featured in the latest LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine. Also included is “Peace and International Understanding,” the next in the series of centennial videos. The video covers the International Peace Poster contest, the relationship between Lions Clubs and the United Nations and other topics. 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 latest LQ at lionmagazine.org. Overheard “They were soaking wet, dripping from the rain, but they never stopped hammering. … I really felt like the Queen of Sheba. All I had to pay for was the wood. I can’t believe how nice these people are.” —Jane Pisarski on the ramp and deck built at her home by the Hazel Park Lions Club in Minnesota. From C & G Newspapers. “It’s not just for money but for support. Acknowledging him when you see him out there on the streets or in school. ‘Hey, Johnny! How ya doing?’ Simple as that. It’s all he’s really looking for.” —Lori Speelman, grateful after York White Rose Lions in Pennsylvania donated proceeds from their annual all-star basketball game to her family. Johnathen, her 12-year-old son, is going blind from retinitis pigmentosa. From WPMT Fox43. “It takes a lot of selfdetermination and self-esteem—wanting more, realizing I’m not my disability. I’m not my blindness.” —Tiffany “Spivey” Mpofu of Three Rivers, Michigan, who completed her master’s degree, works and got married. Blinded by an infection at age 9, she completed high school thanks to a close circuit TV donated by Lions. From The Three Rivers News. MASSACHUSETTS CLUB RECALLS HISTORIC SEA RESCUE Manjiro Nakahama Fairhaven Lions in Massachusetts recently bestowed a perfect gift on a Lion visiting from their town’s sister city in Japan: a clock depicting a 19th-century whaling ship. The gift was in memory of Manjiro Nakahama, the first Japanese person to live in the United States. In 1841, Captain William Whitfield of Fairhaven rescued the 14-year-old Japanese boy from a desert island 370 miles south of Japan. Fairhaven, a sister city of Tosashimizu, Manjiro’s village, holds a Manjiro Festival every other year with Japanese and American music and food, martial arts demonstrations and taiko drummers. At the last festival Bill Moniz, president of the Fairhaven Lions Club, gave the ornamental clock to Lion Takamitsu Isowaki, deputy mayor. Manjiro and three others had been shipwrecked by a terrible storm. Japan’s borders were then closed, and leaving (or returning) was punishable by death. So after sailing to Honolulu Manjiro accepted the captain’s invitation to return with him to Fairhaven. He eventually returned to Tosashimizu, by which time his nation’s policy of isolation had ended and he was valued for his fluency in English. He later accompanied the first Japanese delegation to America and became a samurai. Manjiro Nakahama STOLEN BELL CAPER SOLVED The heist of a Rotary club bell in a small town in Arizona nearly 50 years ago finally has been solved. The culprit was a fun-loving Lion who was an Episcopal rector. “No one suspected that a priest would steal a bell,” says Lion Serge Wright of the Sedona Oak Creek Canyon Lions Club. The story was told recently in the Sedona Red Rock News under the headline “Ding Dong, Cold Case Solved.” It turns out that the Rev. Robert Greene was the one who pilfered the bell in 1968 and just as mysteriously returned it a few weeks later. “Our club liked to pull pranks on other Lions clubs— usually not Rotary,” says Wright, an optometrist who became a Lion in 1973 and knew Greene for many years as a fellow member. Greene died a few months ago, and a youth from Greene’s church who had been sworn to secrecy decided to come forward. “I’ve had a few Rotarians [as patients], and they had a good laugh about it,” says Wright. By the Numbers 5 Rank of the Bacon Mac & Cheese in a Cone, a creation of Agawam Lions, in a poll of new fair food at the Big E festival in West Springfield, Massachusetts. (The Maple Bacon Waffle Sundae of Amy’s Sweet Treats finished first.) 60 Minutes it took for St. Clair Township workers to dig up a red, white and blue-colored time capsule buried by Calcutta Lions in Ohio in 1976 to mark America’s bicentennial and scheduled to be opened in 2076. The school where the capsule had been was to be demolished, so Lions agreed to have the capsule reburied at a park. 2 Teams of Venturer Crew Scouts, sponsored by Bogalusa Lions, that competed in a dragon boat festival race with 38 adult teams on the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, Louisiana. 155 Boxes of apples packed and sold by Lakewood First Lions in Washington to raise funds for Camp Leo, serving children with diabetes. 32 Twin mattresses (and eight box springs) given to the Bellingham YWCA, the county’s largest emergency shelter for women, by Bellingham Central Lions and Wilson’s Furniture in Washington. 15,000 Cars parked by Fargo Lions in North Dakota last summer for concerts at a local amphitheater, raising $3,800 for a sight mission to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. 87 Dictionaries given to third-graders at Hardin Elementary in Texas by Hardin Lions in the memory of former teacher Ruth Davis, whose husband, James, and daughters, club president Bonita and Jackie, are Hardin Lions. 140 Chicken halves served per hour (along with 300 corn fritters per hour) by Fairborn Lions in Ohio at its Sweet Corn Festival. The club also sells more than 8,000 ears of corn at the two-day event. 8,000 Pounds of barbecue served by Dumas Noon Lions in Texas at their 69th annual Dogie Days. 50 Players competing in the Sudbury Disc Golf Club Ace Race at the Lions’ 18-hole disc golf course in Ontario, Canada. 60 Years Ago in the LION APRIL 1956 Residents of Milton, Kentucky, relied on balky wells or cisterns for water for their homes. Then Lions in the town of 700 on the Ohio River financed a $100,000 water system and installed it themselves by digging trenches for the 30,000-foot line of pipes and erecting a 67,000-gallon tank. Milton became the only town in the county with a water system. (Photo) Lion Wilbur Wood, the town board chairman in Milton, checks the pressure of a new fire hydrant. Digital LION Read “They Built Their Own Waterworks” from the April 1956 LION at lionmagazine.org.
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