Andrew Shenkman prepares to plant a tree in Holland Marsh in Ontario, Canada, a conservation initiative supported by the Bradford Lions Club. Lions worldwide are expected to easily meet the Centennial goal of benefiting 100 million people by June 2018. CENTENNIAL KICKS INTO HIGH GEAR Lions are joining the party—the Centennial celebration. Clubs have reported serving 85 million people toward the Centennial goal of benefiting 100 million people by June 2018. About 62 percent of clubs are participating in the Centennial Celebration Membership Awards program by sponsoring new members or organizing new clubs, earning attractive pins and certificates. More than 3,000 Legacy Projects have been recorded; clubs are undertaking smaller initiatives such as making possible park benches or doing larger projects such as planting trees, building clinics and expanding libraries. The recent international convention in Fukuoka, Japan, included a full slate of Centennial activities including the unveiling of a commemorative coin, song and banner, 48 of which are headed around the world to be signed by Lions. The celebration will culminate at the 100th International Convention in Chicago June 30-July 4. Learn more about the Centennial at Lions100.org. Lions assist people in Ecuador after the earthquake in April. LCIF RESPONDS AFTER THREE DISASTERS Three major disasters erupted in the spring, and LCIF provided a Major Catastrophe grant in each instance to enable Lions to alleviate suffering. After the Fort McMurray fire in May in Alberta, Canada, ravaged 550,000 acres and forced nearly 90,000 people to flee their homes, LCIF approved a US$100,000 grant for Lions to partner with government officials and agencies on relief. In April a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Ecuador killed 660 and left tens of thousands homeless. LCIF provided a US$150,000 grant for immediate and long-term relief and reconstruction. Lions distributed food, drinking water, blankets and clothing. Forty-nine people died in Japan when two earthquakes struck Kumamoto and other regions. LCIF provided a US$250,000 grant for relief and recovery. Overheard “Small town, small town. That’s what it’s all about. You choose to live in a small town for a reason. It makes no sense to go to the big city when you can have a nice, tight community like you have here.” —Adam Jenstead, 2015-16 president of the Sabin Lions Club in Minnesota, on his club’s “blue bulb” giveaway and pasta feed benefit for the family of Jason Moszer, a police officer fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance. Residents shone the bulbs on their front porches. From The Forum. “It’s the best feeling in the world to know what’s going on around you.” —Alexander Miller, 30, after the Salem Downtown Lions in Oregon enabled him to receive an eye exam and eyeglasses. Extremely nearsighted, Miller had been able to see only six inches in front of his face. From USA Today. “One of the things you find out about Lions is that we are a family. You walk in the club, and you are just one of us.” —Les Herbst, past president of the Meriden Lions Club in Connecticut, observing the success of the club’s Palm Sunday brunch, a 42-year-tradition. From the Record-Journal. MINNESOTA LIONS DONATE $4 MILLION FOR VISION CARE Minnesota Lions will give $4 million over eight years to meet the growing demand for cataract surgeries and other ophthalmic services provided at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation (MLVF) will make possible four operating rooms on campus; each room will contain $1 million of equipment. The first Lions’ surgical suite opened in February at a new clinic built by the university. With the aging of the American population, demand for the expertise of ophthalmologists is expected to increase more than 33 percent in the next five years. New treatments are also increasing the demand for specialized eye surgery. Until February, university eye surgeons had been performing surgeries in shared space at other medical sites, resulting in delays in treatment. MLVF has supported vision care at the university since 1960 when the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank began. By the Numbers 100 Food service workers who displayed their speed and balance in the 22nd annual Waiters Race held by Visalia Breakfast Lions in California. 4.75 Million crossings annually of the Peace Bridge, connecting Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada, and lit up in blue last year on Lions International Diabetes Day, thanks to Lions in District 20N in New York. 15,000 Square footage of the new pit for the demolition derby and tractor pull at the 67th annual country fair of Terryville Lions in Connecticut. 20 Price in dollars of parking spots overseen by Greensboro Hamilton Lakes Lions, teaming up with Stamey’s Barbecue, for events at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in North Carolina. 6 Towns that cyclists pedal through in the Tour de Southington staged by Southington Lions in Connecticut. 150,000 Pasties (baked pastries with dough, sirloin, onions and potatoes) made and sold by Lancaster Lions in Wisconsin, assisted by Leos and others, four times annually since 1996. 1.5 Pallets of pancake batter used for the 55th annual Pancake Feed of the Norfolk Lions in Nebraska Adam Fleeger and Crystal Schroth became engaged at a Lions’ event. LOVE AND MARRIAGE— AND LIONS Lion Tim Roscoe interrupted the party for those with visual impairments in April at the Blind Association of Butler County in Pennsylvania. “Adam has a special announcement,” he said. Adam Fleeger, 24, who is legally blind, stepped toward Crystal Schroth, whom he met two years ago at one of the Lions’ parties. Fleeger got down on one knee and showed her a ring. “Will you spend the rest of your life with me?” he asked Crystal, who also is legally blind. She hugged him as the room erupted in cheers. The 25 members of the Cranberry Township Area Lions Club at the party were in on the surprise. “Adam told me about a year ago. That’s how long he had planned it,” says Roscoe, secretary. About 100 people witnessed the proposal including family of Fleeger and Schroth. Fleeger used his forthcoming birthday as a ruse to invite family: he told Schroth the party would double as his birthday celebration. The couple expects to marry about a year from now. Incidentally, Jennifer Bindernagel, the director of the Bind Association, is a member of the Butler Lions Club, which meets in the room where the proposal was made. 71 Years Ago in the LION JULY 1945 At the White House, President Harry Truman (left) accepts a Lion pen desk from Robert Moore on behalf of the Kansas City Lions Club. Both men belonged to the club in Missouri.
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