LEO VIDEO CONTEST PROVES POPULAR LCI’s Leo video contest drew 42 videos from 24 nations. First place in the International Leo Day Video contest went to the Medan Stallion Leo Club in Indonesia for its video on its efforts to promote clean water and sanitation. The second place winner was the video on improving education by the Kathmandu Universal Leo Club in Nepal, and third place went to the video on domestic violence by the Bombay Garodia Nagar Leo Club India. The contest had a “squad goals” motif—Leos were encouraged to have fun while accomplishing their goals. The first-place winners were awarded $1,000 with $500 to the second place club and $250 to the third. ICONIC GLOBE RESTORED Since Lions of New York donated it in the early 1970s, one of the first things visitors saw stepping into the lobby of Lions Clubs International was a three-foot-wide fiberglass globe on a pedestal. A globe painter specialist has repainted it and restored its luster in advance of the Lions’ centennial. Don Ecklund, who once worked for Rand McNally and has painted 20 large globes, spent two weeks on the restoration. The globe is depicted as the earth is seen 520 miles away in space in late June. The earth is colored brown near the equator, white snow is depicted at the Poles and atop mountains, and the ocean waters are shaded blue to varying degrees depending on the water’s depth. “It’s so accurate you can pinpoint where you live. If you live by a mountain, you can pick it out and say, ‘That’s my house,’” says Ecklund. Lions of New York helped fund the restoration. Don Ecklund paints the globe at headquarters Overheard “We’ve filled a lot of oil tanks and put a lot of groceries on the table. But it’s never published— that’s all behind the scenes.” —Charter member Jerry Billingsley on the 50th anniversary of the Somers Lions Club in New York. From Tapinto.net. “Having four kids and taking them to the park on occasion, I can remember seeing a [disabled child], but not 250 of them.” —Jack Krage of the Winona Lions in Minnesota on learning that area schools enrolled that many children with disabilities. Lions now will provide allinclusive playground equipment for at least one park. From the Winona Post. “What else are you going to do when it’s zero degrees out—sit by a warm fire?” —Wallkill Lion Andy Harcher on the curling tournament held at the ice rink maintained by his New York club. From the Times Herald-Record. ROAR OF JACKHAMMERS PART OF CENTENNIAL The grounds of Lions Clubs International are a construction zone—an apt symbol of the extensive preparations in general by headquarters for the Lions’ centennial later this year. The exterior has seen few changes since the building was dedicated in 1971, but now headquarters is being modernized and upgraded. Both the landscaping and lobby are being improved in advance of the 100th International Convention in June in Chicago. Thousands of Lions at the convention are expected to visit headquarters in Oak Brook, located about 18 miles from the convention site in the city. Other components of the centennial celebration are taking shape—in some cases literally. Minted in November, the centennial coin is available for purchase. The online centennial exhibit is posted (search for “lions journey at lionsclubs.org). Centennial-related service, legacy and membership programs are being embraced by Lions. Complete centennial information is at lions100.org. Lions headquarters is being improved including a new statue of founder Melvin Jones 65 Years Ago in the LION FEBRUARY 1952 Helen Keller (center) receives the Director General Award, Lions Clubs’ highest honor, from R. Roy Keaton (second from left), director-general at Lions headquarters in Chicago. Also shown (from left) are Secretary William Bird, Polly Thomson, Keller’s secretary, and Wilburn Wilson, treasurer at headquarters. Keller gave Lions their primary mission when she urged them to be Knights of the Blind at the international convention in 1925. Extra Digital Content Read the full story. CENTENNIAL COIN GETS MINTED Lions’ centennial commemorative coin is now available for purchase from LCI’s Club Supplies or the U.S. Mint. The $1 coin with a proof finish will cost $52.95 with a special introductory price of $47.95 (only through the U.S. Mint.) The offer expires 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 21, 2017. The U. S. Treasury minted the first Lions’ coin at a ceremony in early November. The coin shows founder Melvin Jones and the Lions logo on one side and a family of lions on the other. The U.S. Treasury will produce up to 400,000 coins; $10 of each purchase is authorized to be paid to Lions Clubs International Foundation. Commemorative coins often cost $30 or more. To purchase these beautifully-crafted coins, visit lionsclubs.org/coin. A freshly minted coin is displayed. Philomena Arena will celebrate her centennial birthday soon, just like Lions. CLUB AND MEMBER BOTH CELEBRATE 100 Brigantine Lions in New Jersey had the perfect guest of honor at a ceremony for a new bench dedicated for Lions’ centennial: member Philomena Arena, who also will be 100 soon. She was born Sept. 19, 2017, just three months after Lions Clubs was founded. Arena has been an active member of the club since 1992, though she was a Lioness for decades. Her late husband was club president way back in 1958. Installed at a seawall in the island community, the bench is a Legacy project; Lions Clubs International has been encouraging clubs to mark the centennial through Legacy projects. Arena jokingly took exception to “rushing” the ceremony prior to her birthday. “She said we put the ‘maloik’ [the whammy] on her,” says President Tom Milhous. Arena, who lives on her own, comes to every meeting and volunteers at nearly every event including selling T-shirts at the club’s car show. “She’s very active,” says Milhous. For Arena, the attention is “a little embarrassing. I’m just honored to be a member. Lions do so much—especially for the blind.” By the Numbers 123 Snowmobiles taking part in the annual Janeway Snowmobile run held by Sandy Cove Lions in Newfoundland, Canada. 6 Historical markers placed in town by Wellsville Lions in New York. The latest highlighted the Erie Railroad, which arrived in 1851. 1000+ New socks collected by Valleyview Overlanders Lions in British Columbia, Canada, at a hockey game and other venues and then given to those in need. 5 Safe rooms built at the El Reno Campus of the Canadian Valley Technology Center in Oklahoma thanks in part to a donation from Oklahoma Lions and LCIF. A tornado in 2013 destroyed the campus and killed 18 people (none at the school). 1500+ Pounds of Dungeness crabs served by Yachats Lions in Oregon at their annual fundraiser. 4 Chainsaws used to remove ice for the Polar Plunge of the Fall Creek Lions in Wisconsin. 3,000 Chip lovers who attended the Chip Festival of the Saratoga Springs Lions in New York. The potato chip was invented in the city in the 1850s. 35 Tables filled with toy cars and tractors at the annual Toy and Antique Tractor Show of th
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