NEW DIGITAL LION TO LAUNCH IN JUNE A new dynamic version of the digital LION will debut with the June issue. The new digital LION will include media-rich content like videos, bonus stories and special links that you can’t get in the print magazine. Plus, the new digital magazine is optimized for Web browsers, iPads, tablets and smartphones so you can read the LION when you want and where you want. The current digital magazine “flipbook” format, which allows readers to flip through each digital page as it appears in the print magazine, will still be available for readers who prefer a more traditional magazine layout. Next month, we’ll share more information about how you can access the new and improved digital LION Magazine at home or on the go. We’ll even share a special link on the LCI Facebook page in May so you can read the digital June issue before it’s available in print. Be sure to “like” us on the Lions Clubs International Facebook page so you don’t miss this special opportunity. Pope Francis greeted participants in a Lions Youth Camp and Exchange. POPE HAILS LIONS’ YOUTH CAMP Pope Francis recently recognized participants in a Lions Youth Camp and Exchange. In his regular papal audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican the pope extended this brief greeting in Italian on a Catholic feast day: “In particular, I extend my greeting to … the youths of Lions Clubs International Camp. I wish you all a happy feast. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.” Twenty-two Lions’ youths from Australia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, and New Zealand were on hand. “They were all excited, even the non- Catholics,” says Lion Loris Baraldi, the Multiple District 108 Youth Camp and Exchange coordinator. “To meet one of the most important people in the world is culturally fascinating for all.” The Lions International Youth Camp and Exchange Program introduces young people to life in other cultures by helping them travel abroad. For details visit lionsclubs.org. U.N. DAY FOCUSES ON GENDER EQUALITY **The largest attendance in its history, more than 700 Lions, Leos and others gathered at the 38th Annual Lions Day with the United Nations in March in New York. Speakers focused on promoting peace and gender equality, and International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada signed a memorandum of understanding between Lions and the UN Women department to work together to end genderbased inequalities and discrimination. Other speakers included Thomas Gass, an assistant secretary-general of the U.N.’s Recording artist Tennille Amor sings at U.N Day. One of her songs was “Lion.” Department of Economic and Social Affairs who spoke on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals; Past International President Jim Ervin, who detailed Lions’ partnership with The Carter Center; and Syed Mahmood Kazmi of Pakistan, a youth and human rights activist. The winners of the Lions International Essay and Peace Poster contests were announced: Joel Greek of Cape Town, South Africa, and Yumo Zhu of China, respectively. Hosting the event was Past International President Al Brandel, the Lions’ representative to the United Nations. In 1945, Lions helped formulate the nongovernmental section of the U.N. charter. Overheard “After all the things these people have done for me, I have to do this. I am going to finish it.” —Mike Cheek of the Terrell Lions Club in Texas, who did complete the club’s Leprechaun 5K in March 2015 despite having cancer. A very active Lion, he died four months later, and the race has been renamed the Mike Cheek Memorial. From the Terrell Tribune. “The fire trucks and ambulance are here, and the kids are all waiting. There is a 7-year-old, and a 5-year-old, and the older one nudges his brother and says, ‘You know, it doesn’t get any better than this.’” —Mayor Al Morgan, a member of the New Providence Lions Club in New Jersey, on what he overheard at the club’s Easter egg hunt, a 47-year tradition. From tapinto.net. “That’s a fritter?… Yum-m-m-m.” —Kevin Hale, savoring the famous oyster fritter of the Middlesex County Lions Club at the Urbanna Oyster Festival in Virginia. From the Southside Sentinel. VIRAL VIDEO OF BABY HAS LIONS’ ANGLE A video of a 10-month-old girl putting on glasses and seeing her parents clearly for the first time is so heartwarming that it has been viewed millions of times. The Fort Thomas Lions Club in Kentucky made possible the eye exam and glasses for little Piper through its connection with the InfantSEE program. Both the club and InfantSEE subsequently received a donation from Flipdaddy’s, the restaurant chain where the video was shot. (Piper’s parents decided it was easier to try on the glasses in a casual environment rather than an optometrist’s office.) The episode also resulted in a new member of the club: Josiah Young, the optometrist who did Piper’s eye exam. Piper sits on the lap of her mother, Jessica Sinclair. VOLUNTEERING BOOSTS HEALTH Is volunteering good for your health? A study published in Social Science and Medicine found that adults 50 and older who volunteer are more likely to use preventive health services and spend fewer nights in the hospital. The study’s co-author believes the research shows that doctors should prescribe volunteering along with diet and exercise to improve health. “What [doctors] ignore is that most of the context of our day-to-day lives is embedded within relationships. The number and quality of those relationships strongly influences health,” says Sara Konrath. In a study at Washington University in St. Louis, adults over 50 who began tutoring children improved their stamina, memory and flexibility and saw a decline in depression. The health benefits of volunteering extend to younger people. Canadian 10th-graders in a volunteer program lost weight and improved their cholesterol levels, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics. Volunteers paint fish on a mural in a project in Issaquah, Washington, that set a world record for largest number of people participating in a paint-by-numbers event. Mount Si Leos were among the 2,852 volunteers in the project of Creative Children for Charity. By the Numbers 80 Horseshoes in a public art piece depicting two herons and a salmon that was created by an artist commissioned by Philomath Lions in Oregon. 275 Patients expected to be treated in one year in a new chemotherapy program at Cornwall Community Hospital in Ontario, Canada. Cornwall Seaway Lions donated $30,000 toward the $400,000 cost. 77 Percentage of the graduating Murray State University Lions in Kentucky who received honors (seven of nine Lions graduated with honors). 3 Days weekly in which the tennis court of Trout Creek Lions in Ontario, Canada, is reserved for two hours of pickle-ball, which combines elements of badminton, ping-pong and tennis. 10,000 Sleeping bags provided by LCIF for refugees in Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan and for those affected by an earthquake last April in Nepal. 500 Pounds of pop tabs collected by Rippleside Elementary students for a Ronald McDonald House after Aitkin Lions in Minnesota challenged them with rewards such as a pizza party. 60 Trees to be planted by the city thanks to a donation by the North Canton Lions Club in Ohio to mark the club’s 60th anniversary. 150 Types of craft beers at the Brewfest held by Lac du Flambeau Lions in Wisconsin. STOLEN GUIDE DOG RETURNED— WITH AN APOLOGY A blind man’s guide dog in Beijing that was brazenly stolen, receiving heavy media coverage, was returned to him with a note that read, “Please forgive us.” Theft of dogs, to be resold as meat, is common in China, but guide dogs are rare there. Beijing, a city of 12 million, has only about 10 guide dogs, and the entire country has about 100, according to the New York Times. Qiaoqiao, a black Labrador retriever, was stolen by men in a gray van as an assistant to the owner, Tian Fengbo, was walking her. Less than two days later Qiaoqiao came running up to Tian as he prepared to search for her. 85 Years Ago in the LION MAY 1931 The Weekly News is printed in Braille in Massachusetts. The newspaper, produced by blind workers and with a circulation of 1,950, is made possible by the Worcester Lions Club, the Perkins Institution for the Blind and two other groups that help the blind. Digital LION Watch the brief video of the pope’s greeting at lionmagazine.org. Watch the video of Piper with her new glasses at lionmagazine.org. Read the full story of the newspaper for the blind at lionmagazine.org.
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