CHICAGO TO PLAY CHICAGO CONVENTION The Association of Lions Clubs was formed on June 7, 1917, at the Hotel LaSalle in Chicago when Melvin Jones convened representatives from 27 men’s clubs from several states. The 100th International Convention will be held June 30 to July 4, 2017, in Chicago at McCormick Place, the largest convention venue in North America. McCormick Place is located about two miles from where Lions first gathered. Lions Clubs International is pulling out all the stops to make the Centennial convention memorable, fun and consequential. Chicago, the band, will play the International Show. World figures will address Lions. (Their names will be released once plans are finalized.) The Parade of Nations will march down State Street in the heart of the city. Exhibits, some of them interactive, will showcase the proud history of Lions. A performance stage will allow Lions to display their talents. Tens of thousands of Lions—quite possibly a record crowd—are expected to attend. The LION will release more details once they become available. Chicago’s lakefront is a popular spot for both Chicagoans and visitors. FEE WAIVER EXTENDED FOR VETERANS The waiver of the charter or entrance fee for U.S. veterans of all ages has been extended by Lions Clubs International through June 30, 2017, and now Canadian veterans do not have to pay the fee either. To date, Lions clubs have recognized 1,808 U.S. veterans through the Veteran Pilot Program, which began in July 2013. The $30 charter or $25 entrance fee is waived for any qualifying veteran who joins a new or existing Lions club. Eligible persons include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard personnel who are retired or were honorably discharged from these services. National Guard and Reserve personnel who were called to active duty for other than training (persons may still be enlisted in these services) and other personnel the U.S. services considered a veteran are eligible. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Extra Digital Content What’s a convention in Chicago like? Pretty spectacular. In 2007 Lions were treated to a ghostly oration from Helen Keller, the melodic hits of Glen Campbell and a rousing gospel choir (Oct. 2007 LION). In 1967, the 50th anniversary of Lions Clubs, 48,586 Lions and guests attended the convention and heard from illustrious speakers including U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk and film star Dorothy Lamour (July/August 1967 LION). The parade down Michigan Avenue at the 1953 convention drew a crowd of 300,000, and Helen Keller spoke to Lions (September 1953 LION). The Lions’ expedition climbs Everest. A LION TAKES ON EVEREST Lions in Malaysia decided to mark Lions Clubs’ centennial by selecting a Lion to climb Mount Everest. James Lee, 68, of the Bahau Lions Club was set to become the oldest person from southeast Asia to summit the 29,029-foot Everest. A mountain climber since his 40s, Lee has scaled more than 20 peaks. On March 31 Lee, Lions Sherine Leong, 40, and Desmond Lee, 56, two sherpas and three journalists began the 70-day adventure. Besides publicizing Lions Clubs, the trek was intended to promote environmentalism and demonstrate the “Malaysia boleh” spirit (Malaysians can do it!). The group climbed to the Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet before Lee and the sherpas continued the quest alone. They reached Everest Camp 3 at 23,950 feet before high winds and bitter cold (-31 degrees) forced Lee, who knew two climbers who died climbing Everest, to turn back on May 19. “I will be back to complete my task next May, more determined than ever,” Lee told the LION. Lee is speaking to youths about his climbing. His climb was partly successful, says Leong. “A person of his age reaching Camp 3 without any health problems tells about the importance of staying healthy,” she says. “The news about Lion James turning back made people and the press more curious and concerned, and it created a different kind of platform for him to talk to people about Lions, the environment and staying healthy.” Overheard “Lions are the greatest people you could ever come across.” —Richard Bernstein, the first blind justice elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, speaking at a meeting of the Berkley Lions Club. From hometownlife.com. “It’s a rain-or-shine event. We have had turnouts when it rains, but my fingers are cramped from being crossed [in hopes that] it would be sunny today.” —Bonnie Hilton, an organizer of a cleanup of 25 spots in Millis, Massachusetts, that was held by the Millis Lions Club and the Millis Garden Club. From the Milford Daily. “This dress is made of soda cans, water bottles, newspaper and pop-tops.” —April Tilton, the first-place winner in the Recycled Trashy Fashion Show of the Ocala On Top of the World Lions Club in Florida. From the Star-Banner. 65 Years Ago in the LION OCTOBER 1951 Deaf without speech, Tommy Ingebretsen works at the Friden Calculating Machine Co. In San Leandro, California. The first week of October was National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. According to the LION, “Lions have been in the forefront of this activity” including a representative from Lions International serving on a U.S. presidential committee on employing the handicapped. Extra Digital Content Read the full story from the October 1951 LION. VIDEO MAGAZINE PROFILES LCIF The latest LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine, profiles Lions Clubs International Foundation. The segment is the last in the series of centennial videos. The October LQ also features Lions’ aid to refugees, a club in Washington that cleans up marine debris and a “Where Are They Now” story. 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 video magazine. By the Numbers 150 Scarecrow kits sold by Merrimack Lions in New Hampshire to support the American Diabetes Association. 3,000 Cloth diapers for newborns collected by Kodiak Lions in Alaska for distribution in Nicaragua by the Rainbow Network. 3 Duration in hours of the Cape Cod Canal sunset cruise held by the Sandwich-Bourne Lions Club in Massachusetts. 20 Percent of students at Neah-Kah- Nie High School (enrollment 200) in Oregon who belong to the school’s Leo club, sponsored by Rockaway Lions. 7 Layouts of model trains including local landmarks such as lumberyards, a harbor and a pumpkin patch at an exhibit sponsored by a model railroad club and Crescent City Lions in California. 400+ Quarts of apple butter produced for the annual fundraiser of Troutville Lions in Virginia. 19 Years uniforms were worn by the marching band at Satellite High School in Florida until replaced by Satellite Beach Lions. 120 Feet of concrete poured for a new sidewalk at Partridge Creek Farm, an educational farm located downtown, thanks to a donation from Ishpmeing Lions in Michigan. 2 Performances of the “Las Vegas- Style Illusion and Magic Show” sponsored by Ridgway Lions in Pennsylvania.
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