A young woman smiles happily with Amity Township Lion Kimberly McGrath of Pennsylvania after receiving her new reading glasses. Kimberly and her husband, John, also a Lion, purchased 200 pair of reading glasses and sunglasses to distribute during a church medical mission to remote villages inhabited by the indigenous Quechua people high in the Andes in Peru. “People would get instructions with the medicine we gave them, but they couldn’t read them because they needed reading glasses. Our club gave us a donation to buy glasses and we carried them in our suitcases. We also wanted to give them sunglasses to protect their eyes from the damaging sunrays at the 8,000- to 14,000-foothigh elevation where they live," says McGrath. Love may make the world go ‘round, but it has also made for some pretty exciting meetings of the Temple Founder Lions Club in Texas. Lion William “Bud” Sperling proposed to fellow Lion Bev de Villiers on bended knee at one club meeting— and then the pair got married at another meeting last June. Club business was conducted first and then the ceremony was performed by Lion Judge John Mischtian. Lions helped make all the arrangements and even served as attendants, with Lion Elwood Smith walking the bride down the aisle. “What a wonderful and different wedding it turned out to be! We were married in front of all our closest friends,” says Bev Sperling, who joined her husband’s club after meeting him in 2012. Originally from Namibia, Bev moved to the United States in 1990. Coincidentally, Bud, a big game hunter, had hunted several times in Namibia before they met in Texas. Even though Kent Lion Pete Zeidner of Ohio has cerebral palsy, nothing stops him on his quest to help others. He began the Pedal with Pete Foundation in 1993, since raising more than $880,000 from biking and hiking fundraising events to fund research into cerebral palsy. In addition to raising money for research, Zeidner also started another effort to donate adaptable bicycles for children with cerebral palsy. “In the years I’ve known Pete, I’ve never heard him complain,” says Lion Steve Hardesty. “He’s always concerned about how everybody else is doing.”
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