COURT CASE CASH BENEFITS LCIF Attorney Philip D. Stern, a Lion from Maplewood, New Jersey, transformed harassment into humanitarian service when he resolved a recent class-action suit. The case claimed that a debt collector unlawfully left messages for consumers without making proper disclosures. At Stern’s suggestion, the court approved a $95,000 award to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Stern, the 16-E district governor, presented the donation to Al Brandel, LCIF chairperson, in September before nearly 3,000 Lions at the USA/Canada Leadership Forum in Memphis. “The fact that Phil was able to secure this opportunity for LCIF through his profession is a true testament to how dedicated our Lions volunteers are to providing humanitarian support worldwide,” says Brandel. LION WRITER DIES Paul Martin never lost his sense of humor. When a doctor at the Mayo Clinic hesitated when Martin asked him how long he had left, Martin jumped in and blurted, “Well, I’m glad you didn’t look at your watch.” A longtime feature writer for LION Magazine and author of two history books on Lions, Martin, 87, died of cancer in October. He had been a member of the Riverside Township Lions Club near Chicago since 1986. He wrote more than 500 magazine articles for Parade, Good Housekeeping, American Legion and other prominent magazines. During World War II he served on reconnaissance missions in planes that took off from battleships. He wrestled, boxed and hosted a TV show before settling in as a writer. He wrote We Serve in 1991 and co-authored Lions Clubs in the 21st Century last year. E-CLUBHOUSE A SUCCESS Lions are knocking down the doors to get in the e-Clubhouse. Within a week of its launch 218 Lions clubs used the e-Clubhouse to create their own Web site and 800 clubs took advantage of it within one month. Offered by Lions Clubs International, e-Clubhouse enables Lions to build their own Web sites. The free resource has preformatted templates with fill-inthe- blank fields. The end result is an attractive, user-friendly Web site that matches the Lions brand while preserving a club’s individuality. “We upgraded to an e-Clubhouse. It was easy and made for a much better Web site for our club,” said Jim Moen of Saskatchewan, Canada. For information, visit www.lionsclubs.org. PILOT’S FAMILY GIVES BACK Remember Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot who safely landed a jet in the Hudson River in New York? Dave Johnson certainly does. The Lion from California was collecting goods for the victims of the Auburn 49 Fire when a Lorrie Sullenberger arrived with a truckload of furniture and other items. He asked her if she was related to a local realtor and she told him who her husband was. The arson fire in September torched 50 homes and 10 buisnesses. “We’re all trying to accomplish the same thing. Let’s get these families back to the exact spot they were before it happened,” Johnson, a member of the Meadow Vista Area Lions Club, told the Auburn Journal. NEW LIONS QUEST WEB SITE DEBUTS The new Lions Quest Web site created in January includes vibrant colors, new features and a more user-friendly layout. A new international page includes more information about Lions Quest around the world, and short video vignettes highlight Lions Quest in action. For information, contact email@example.com or visit www.lions-quest.org. COIN FLIP FLAP A mayor has denied that a coin flip decided whether Lions could collect donations at intersections in town. Mayor Gary Graham of O’Fallon, Illinois, told the Belleville News he was only joking when he flipped a coin after alderman were deadlocked on whether to allow Lions to solicit donations. He said he already had decided a city ordinance prohibits such collections on consecutive weekends and he tossed the coin to amuse an 8-year-old girl who was at the meeting as “mayor for the day.” WELCOME TO THE CLUB! LION: Mary Tvedt CLUB: Lions Club of Casper, Wyoming OCCUPATION: Registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator INTRODUCTION TO LIONS: Baptism by fire — I was accepted into the Lions Club of Casper in April of 2009. The club asked me almost immediately to serve on the Diabetes Awareness Committee. Thereafter we started planning our community program to coincide with World Diabetes Day. It was a successful public education/diabetes awareness seminar that featured speakers and educational booths, covered by local media. The club seemed like a perfect fit as it promotes appropriate eye care and is interested in having an impact on diabetes risk reduction as well. OTHER INTERESTS:Youth activities such as 4-H are another area of interest to me. I serve as a co-leader for a local 4-H club in which my children are involved. THE BEST PROJECT IN WHICH I’VE BEEN INVOLVED: So far, that would be the World Diabetes Day Seminar. I’m so proud of the club and its members! Many stepped up to make this “world-class event” happen in Casper. THE LAST GREAT BOOK I READ: My family’s photo albums. We recently celebrated a milestone birthday with my father and many friends and relatives. THE CLUB DOESN’T KNOW THIS ABOUT ME: I really enjoy time to play in the snow in the winter. It’s too bad when the wonderful fluff of snow disappears before I have the opportunity to enjoy it after a snowfall. I enjoy ice skating as well. Summer fun includes water activities, such as water skiing, as time allows. HOW TO DESCRIBE ME: Very outgoing, energetic and committed to what I believe. PROJECT TO SUGGEST: There are many activities proposed by our current diabetes awareness committee that are geared to help the adult population at risk for dealing with diabetes. I would also like to see our Lions club along with other service organizations become involved with the youth in our area to promote wellness and prevention of Type II diabetes. CLUB OF THE MONTH LIONS CLUB OF BRANDON, MANITOBA, CANADA FOUNDED: 1938 MEMBERSHIP: 22 members COMMUNITY SERVED: City of Brandon (pop. 40,000) and the province of Manitoba for larger projects including the Lions Eye Bank and the Lions Medical Assistance Fund for Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. MEETING MATTERS: The club meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday in the Lions Den of Lions Manor. CLAIM TO FAME:The club united with four other Brandon Lions clubs to build a 219-suite, life-lease senior living complex named Lions Manor in 1989. Ten years later, another building housing 60 units was built. In addition to ensuring quality care for the area’s aging population, the Lions Club of Brandon purchased and constructed seven playgrounds—each designed to accommodate Little League baseball. PARK PLANS: Lions have partnered with a community group that wants to revitalize one of the parks. With the enthusiastic support of the city of Brandon, the newly named Lions Memorial Community Park will feature a wheelchairaccessible walking trail, tables and benches, a “kiddies” playground, picnic area, fenced dog park and upgraded baseball facilities when it soon officially opens. Lions contributed $5,000 and other individuals, businesses and groups donated to the park’s renovation, which took three years. Memorial plaques will commemorate Brandon Lions and the newly-designed entrance archway will prominently display the park’s new name and the emblem of Lions Clubs International. LIONS KEEP GOING STRONG: Fundraising plays an important role in the ability of Brandon Lions to stay strongly committed to the success of their community projects. They deliver phone books to residences and businesses to earn money. They also run a televised bingo game carried on the local cable access channel. WHY BE A LION: “Our club celebrated its 70th anniversary last year and our ages range from 40 to 85. Not only are we deeply committed to working with and serving our community, we are also ready to help each other,” says President Jake Braun. OVERHEARD “You see 100 kids and you give out 10 pairs of glasses. See 100 adults and give out 99 glasses.” —Armand Radke, a Detroit Lakes Lion in Minnesota on a mission trip to Mexico. From Detroit Lakes Online. “After a year later, people forget you. We want to come in a year later and say we have not forgotten.” —Janet Mincer of the Loma Rica Foothills Lions in California on a blues and bikes music festival to raise funds for victims of wildfires in 2008. From the Appeal Democrat. 11 YEARS AGO IN THE LION FEBRUARY 1999 A giant eye chart projected onto the House of Parliament and Big Ben at the stroke of midnight kicks off World Sight Day in London. BY THE NUMBERS 60 Duration in seconds of an egg eating contest of the Winlock Lions in Washington. 50 Banners hung in Chaska, Minnesota, promoting the 2009 PGA championship last August. The Chaska Lions have organized the banner project for all the major golf tourneys held at the Hazeltine National Golf Club since 1991. 79,364 Pairs of eyeglasses recycled by the Lake Tomahawk Lions in Wisconsin since 2002. 160 Families who received free food on a Friday morning in a giveaway sponsored by the Tallmadge Lions in Ohio. 9,668 Laps swum by 1,200 islanders in a fundraiser of the Guernsey Lions in the Channel Islands. 15 Pedestrian crossing signs donated to the city by the Northampton Lions in Massachusetts. The three-foot high signs include a Lions logo.
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