Past International Director Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir of Gardabaer, Iceland, celebrates with her family her nomination as second vice president at the 99th international convention in June in Fukuoka, Japan. FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO LEAD LIONS IN 2018-19 Lions Clubs International is proud to announce we will have our first woman president in 2018-19. Past International Director Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir of Gardabaer, Iceland, was elected second vice president by Lions at the 99th international convention June 28 in Fukuoka, Japan. “My election means that fresh winds are blowing, and there will be more diversity in the leadership of Lions,” Yngvadottir told the LION. “This election shows that Lions are ready to embark on a new century of service while adapting to an ever-changing world and worldviews. The fact that not only am I a woman, but that I also come from a tiny little country, highlights that Lions are spread out across the globe. And that every member, even in the remotest corner of the world, is valuable for our association.” An international director from 2010 to 2012, Yngvadottir is the vice director of the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Iceland. “By electing a woman as their leader, Lions show themselves to be modern, despite having served for a century,” she says. “This I hope will help to boost the membership of Lions worldwide, so we can expand our service reach and impact.” Past International Director Jung-Yul Choi of Korea was elected third vice president; he will serve as president in 2019-20. Full coverage of the convention will be in the October LION. The latest LQ showcases the food pantry and yard sale run by Lake of the Woods Lions in Virginia. Photo by Branson Tarr VIDEO MAGAZINE DEPICTS LIFE-ALTERING PROJECTS A wide range of life-changing service of Lions and Leos is shown in the July 2016 Lions Quarterly. Lions and Leos prove to be good sports in supporting inclusive sports in partnership with Special Olympics, children at Camp Leo learn to manage their diabetes while having fun and forming deep bonds and Lions empower women worldwide. Also, the Virginia Lake of the Woods Lions Club holds a highly successful weekly yard sale, and Lions in Illinois work with their library to create a Reading Carnival for children. Be sure to “like” and share LQ on social media. LQ is available on the LCI website, YouTube, iTunes and DVD. Extra Digital Content Watch the latest LQ. CENTENNIAL COIN DESIGN UNVEILED Lions’ Centennial commemorative coin shows founder Melvin Jones on one side and three lions on the other. The $1 silver coin will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2017. The U.S. Treasury will produce 400,000 coins; $10 of each sale is authorized to be paid to Lions Clubs International Foundation. The coin’s design was unveiled June 28 at the 99th International Convention in Fukuoka, Japan. Congress approves only two commemorative coins each year. The coins often cost $30 or more. 91 Years Ago in the LION SEPTEMBER 1925 Lions Clubs International comes out in support of the Moral Code for Children, guidelines to build character and citizenship adopted by many elementary schools nationwide, and the LION reprints a cartoon from a newspaper in Wichita, Kansas, that praises the Wichita Lions for backing the move. DID YOU KNOW that Lions today still help young people through Lions Quest? Learn more about Lions Quest today. Attending Clark Selters’ (middle) induction ceremony were his father, John (right), and Past District Governor Gilbert Smith, also a Pomona Host Lion. CLUB WELCOMES FOURTH-GENERATION LION Clark Selters, 26, received some good-natured ribbing when he became a Lion in May 2016. “Yeah, they said, ‘Here’s another Selters.’ I got some jabs,” he says. Selters is a fourth-generation Lion. His father, John Selters III, 63, joined the Pomona Host Lions in California in 1987. He was preceded by his father, the late John, a member from 1952 to 2009, and Clark’s great-grandfather, John, a Pomona Lion from at least 1932-1940. Clark has a lot to live up to. “My father and grandfather set records with perfect attendance,” he says. His great-grandfather helped the club start the Los Angeles County Fair. Lions were part of Clark’s youth. He ate at the club’s barbecues, won first-place in the club’s Bowl-a-thon and attended an international convention at age 3. “I remember my grandfather always wearing his Lions hat. He really enjoyed being a Lion,” says Clark. “But there was no pressure [to join].” Lions are not the only thing four generations of Selters have in common. All are (or were) lawyers in the family practice. “We’re not too original, I guess,” says Selters. “We’re not getting any smarter.” CENTENNIAL BUS TO HIT THE ROAD The Lions Centennial Bus is gassed up, the new president and his wife are set to board and Lions from 20 states will be able to share their thoughts on Lions and the future of Lions Clubs with the president. International President Chancellor Bob Corlew of Tennessee and his wife, Dianne, leave in the coach bus Sept. 18 from Omaha, Nebraska (following the USA/Canada Forum), and will travel east meeting with clubs before circling back west and ending the tour Oct. 1 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The trip’s purpose is to promote the Centennial, publicize Lions and gather input on Lions Clubs. The bus also will stop in Washington, D. C. and three cities in Canada including Toronto. The Corlews took a similar bus trip in February in which they covered nine states and 2,300 miles over nine days. Extra Digital Content Read about the February bus tour. By the Numbers 650 We Make Them, You Bake Them pizzas made in four hours by Fredonia Lions and Lionesses in Wisconsin. 17,000 Books for sale at the Giant Used Book, Movie and Music Sale of Philomath Lions in Oregon. 200 Job seekers at a job fair of the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association held at the Amherst Lions Club in Nova Scotia, Canada. 2,000 Weight in pounds of a generator that Meriden Lions in Connecticut moved and installed at High Hopes home for children with disabilities. 150 Ham and scalloped potatoes dinners typically served on election night by Union Springs Lions in New York. 40 Restaurants whose staff took part in the Waiters Race of Visalia Breakfast Lions in California. 80 Years since the last showing of “Ellsworth Movie Queen” in the Maine town. The amateur movie, made in 1935 as a fundraiser for Ellsworth Lions, was shown at a community center in town last year. 18 Trips made in one month by Darlington Lions in Wisconsin to transport eye tissue from Dodgeville to Madison, 45 miles apart. Overheard “I just like helping people. That’s what we’re supposed to do—help someone in need.” —Keith Thomas, 2015-16 president of the New Bloomfield Lions Club in Missouri, after his club threw a benefit barbecue for a couple whose house burned down while they were on vacation. From the Fulton Sun. “I’m so happy. It’s like I won the lottery.” —Darlene Heath, who received eyeglasses from the mobile vision van of the Smoky Mountain Lions Charities of Knoxville, Tennessee. From the News Sentinel. “Your beard becomes your best friend.” —Michael Foote of the Baccalieu Lions Club in Newfoundland, Canada, who had his head shaved as part of a club project to raise money for Young Adult Cancer Canada. From the Western Star.
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