Carol Kearns gets the camera rolling as Harry Schuh interviews District 23 B Governor Steve Daigle at a luau fundraiser. Cable Show Connects Lions and Communities Harry Schuh and Carol Kearns took their show on the road in 2013, and they haven’t stopped yet. The duo’s cable television show focused on all things Lions is seen by thousands in 36 communities on four cable franchises in Connecticut. Schuh and Kearns, both Harwinton Lions, were thrust into the cable television spotlight when another Lion, Peter Ciancolo, retired from the show he hosted. Shortly after, the cable studio where they hosted the show closed for renovations for three months. “It turns out that that was the best thing that happened to us,” Kearns says. It got the pair, both world travelers who’ve been married for 36 years, out of the studio and into the communities they cover. They never went back to the studio. The “Lion Around Connecticut with Carol and Harry” show is a 35-minute mix of entertainment and news about Lions, club activities and their community projects. Among the many Lions’ events they cover are fishing derbies, pediatric eye screenings, pin trading, concerts, pancake breakfasts and a Halloween “haunted” barn and hayride. “We’re both outgoing, so the show is really fun for us,” says Kearns. “We like telling Lions’ stories and how they change people’s lives.” In addition to Lions, they talk to people they meet onsite. Nothing is scripted. They like the spontaneity of on-the-spot interviews. “One of our funniest moments was at the Terryville Fair when we tried to interview our friend, Past District Governor Len Johnson of the Terryville Lions Club. We didn’t know it, but he was judging the skillet toss contest at the time,” says Kearns. “He happened to be dodging a flying skillet tossed by his wife, Lani, another Lion. It had a happy ending, though. She won the skillet toss in her age group, and we got our interview with Len afterwards.” The show occasionally takes a more poignant turn, says Schuh. “A woman saw us in our Lions vests, carrying our TV camera and tripod. She asked if she could please tell us her story,” he recalls. Lions had saved her daughter’s sight years ago by helping her get treatment and surgery. They spend several hours each week shooting, editing and producing videos. “People come running over to us when we’re out shopping to say, ‘Hey, I recognize you! I watch your show every week,’” he points out. “We just love what we do,” adds Kearns. Puppy Love Lessons Samantha Dalton admits she’s a little shy. But when she and her Leader Dog, Natsumi, walked into a class full of excited, talkative kindergartners, Dalton’s shyness quickly disappeared. She and Natsumi were there to provide a teachable moment at the request of the Roosevelt STEAM Academy in Indiana. STEAM schools offer accelerated science, technology, engineering, arts and math studies. The visit was arranged by Dunlap Lion Jeanine Juel, who was asked by a school staff member if she knew of anyone with a Leader Dog to help kindergarteners learn about the five senses for a science lesson. In fact, Juel knew exactly who to ask: Dalton, 23, a college student studying accounting and a member of her husband Marty’s Elkhart Lions Club. Elkhart Lion Samantha Dalton and her Leader Dog, Natsumi, visit with two kindergartners who learned about the pair’s partnership at Roosevelt STEAM Academy in Indiana. “I was very nervous at first,” Dalton says. “I didn’t know that I could even talk to a class full of kindergartners. I wanted to teach them something about what it’s like not to have your sight, but still be able to relate to the world in a different way. I told them that Natsumi and I are partners when we’re out together anywhere like at school or walking around, and she was a working dog only when she had her harness on. “I think they were worried that Natsumi never got to play. At the end of my talk, I took her harness off, and the kids were so excited and happy to see her be a normal dog. Without her harness, Natsumi’s just like any other dog and she loves to play. She gave kisses to every kindergartner there. They didn’t want to say goodbye to her.”
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