VIDEO MAGAZINE FEATURES KIDSIGHT The latest LQ previews the international convention in Chicago; former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will be the keynoter The latest LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine, profiles Lions KidSight. The January LQ also features a preview of the Centennial celebration at the international convention in Chicago this summer, Lions in Greenland improving the environment as part of the Centennial Service Challenge and the impact of the Peace Poster Contest on a young woman. Be sure to “like” and share LQ on social media. LQ is available on the LCI website, YouTube, iTunes and DVD. Extra Digital Content See how US Lions are saving sight through LionsKidsightUSA. WATCH OFFERS TEXTING IN BRAILLE A South Korean startup has developed a smartwatch that outputs texts in braille. It means the visually impaired will no longer have to rely on a voice system like Siri to read their texts aloud. Dot Watch connects by Bluetooth to an iOS or Android device and, besides the time and an alarm, displays incoming texts and tweets on a watch face that displays four braille characters at a time. A grid of pins that rise and fall produce the combinations making up the braille alphabet and numerals on the watch face. It vibrates when the wearer receives a text, then displays the text before returning to the time. Made of lightweight aluminum, the watch weighs 35 grams. More than 150,000 people have pre-ordered the watch, expected to be on the market for $290 by March. For information: dotincorp.com. The Dot Watch displays time, texts and tweets in braille. A BARN-RAISING AWARENESS The view is pretty much the same on US 30 west of Convoy in western Ohio: farm fields and barns. Until you see a barn with a 40-foot by 30-foot vinyl sign publicizing the centennial of Lions Clubs International. Eight area clubs collaborated on the project. “You can’t miss it. It’s great advertising,” says Larry Dealey, a Convoy Lion whose barn for his grain farm hosts the sign. The four-lane road, part of the old Lincoln Highway, is heavily traveled with about 8,000 cars zipping by each day. A bright spotlight illuminates the sign at night. Proud of the sign and Lions are (from left) Jerry Koenig and Dan Bonifas of the Venedocia Lions, Roy Ringwald of the Middle Point Lions, Larry Swords of the Lima Lions and Don Wiechart and Ken Warnecke of the Spencerville Lions RIVER BLINDNESS ELIMINATED FROM GUATEMALA Guatemala has become the latest country to eliminate onchocerciasis, known as river blindness, the World Health Organization announced. In 2013, Colombia became the first nation to be free of river blindness, and its elimination in Ecuador and Mexico was confirmed in 2014 and 2015, respectively. LCIF has provided The Carter Center with millions of dollars in grants to fight river blindness, and local Lions clubs provide logistical support and help mobilize communities to receive the medication ivermectin. Other partners in the disease eradication include the Pan American Health Organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Merck (which donates the medication). River blindness is caused by the bites of flies that live near rivers and transmit parasitic worms. The disease, besides its debilitating personal effects, takes an enormous economic toll, preventing people from working, harvesting crops and caring for children. Some 600,000 people in Latin America had been at risk of contracting the disease. Lions and The Carter Center continue to work against river blindness in Brazil and Venezuela and in large swaths of Africa. 57 Years Ago in the LION MARCH 1960 A trained reader records the latest edition of Newsweek; the tapes are made into records for the blind by the American Printing House for the Blind in Louisville. Thousands of blind listeners, as well as libraries and schools for the blind, received the “talking magazine” sometimes only hours after the printed one was available on newsstands. Finis E. Davis, the first vice president of Lions International, was superintendent of the American Printing House for the Blind. Extra Digital Content Read the fill 1960 article, "The Magazine that Talks." Overheard “That week I learned how to make authentic tiramisu, explained that we no longer fought the Native Americans and tried to teach them to say ‘howdy.’” —Quinn Spear, 17, on his Youth Exchange week in Italy made possible by the Midland Downtown and Midland West Side Lions Clubs in Texas. From the Midland Reporter- Telegram. “When I got home there was food in the fridge that I just had to put in the microwave and warm up. Who did that? No one would claim it, but I know it was the Lions club.” —Van VanLandingham after his long hospital stay. He’s a member of the Visalia Pride Lions Club in California, the area’s first gay service club. From the Visalia Times. “People are drinking more beer. It’s been a good year.” —Russell Hague of the Crooked River Ranch Lions Club in Oregon on his club’s bountiful recycling of cans and bottles. From the Bulletin. LONGEST-SERVING LIONS EMPLOYEE RETIRES Deade Apgar-Herman began working for Lions Clubs International in 1970 when headquarters was located in Chicago. Back then she worked, not in a cubicle, but in a bullpen with a typewriter, of course, and, unlike now, there were no female division managers and very few male clerical workers. Apgar-Herman, the administrative coordinator for the Convention Division, retired in December after 46 years. She was the longest-tenured employee. “I’ll really miss the routine—coming to the office [in Oak Brook now] every day and seeing the same people. I’ll miss the camaraderie,” she says. She’s worked 43 international conventions. She’s been nearly everywhere—from Busan, Korea, and Birmingham, England, to Taipei and Toronto. “They’re all unique. I have lots of special memories,” she says. “What I really appreciated is getting to understand the different cultures. I also really liked how everything came together at the convention. All the problems you anticipated were taken care of.” She also enjoyed getting to know Lions who regularly attended convention. “They’d say, ‘How’s it going? You’re still here!’” She does not hesitate a bit in answering a question about retirement plans: “I’ll spend time with my two grandkids!” Extra Digital Content Lions have a history of having fun. Check out this hilarious footage from a pie-eating contest. By the Numbers 18 Age in months of the steer named Melvin (after Melvin Jones) auctioned off at the Sandwich Fair by Sandwich Lions in Illinois. 23 Outstanding high school baseball players who showcased their skills for scouts and supporters at the (Montgomery) Dixie Lions Club’s East-West All-Star Game in Alabama. 18 Age of sharpshooter Mary Patrick, who hopes to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics; some of her equipment and competitive costs are paid for by Cornwall Seaway Lions in Ontario, Canada. 66 Pints of blood collected at a blood drive for the American Red Cross by Paw Paw Lions in Michigan. 3 Hours it took for Scio Lions in New York to wash and clean 232 quarts of strawberries for the Scio Strawberry Festival. 560 Pounds of fish fried by Nashua Lions in Iowa at their Friday night fish fry. 50+ Schools that competed in the two-day Joe Wynne Lions Club Invitational, a track meet hosted by Somers Lions in New York. 4,000 Length in feet of a trail at a nature center described in an audio tour for the visually impaired. Made possible by Naperville Noon Lions in Illinois, the audio tour is accessible by a smartphone or regular phone. 590 Fish placed in the Conococheague Creek by Chambersburg Lions in Pennsylvania for the 890 anglers who took part in the club’s Trout Derby.
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