CROATIA Hologram Shown to Holiday Crowd Before Christmas a huge city square in downtown Zagreb hosts a popular Advent celebration with Croatian food, wines and music. One night, to publicize Lions Clubs, a hologram of the Lions logo and the Lions centennial logo was projected on to the wall of water from the massive fountain in the square. The Lions logo was depicted in a hologram projected onto a fountain in Zagreb. The 32-member Zrinjevac Lions Club sponsored the unusual display. The logos were hard to miss: the hologram was nearly 50-feet wide and 20-feet tall. Lions also released 200 balloons with the centennial logo into the sky. The balloons carried messages related to Lions including quotes from Melvin Jones and Helen Keller and humanitarian statements from Croatian past district governors. Lions raised money for the Zagreb Association for the Blind by selling the balloons before they were launched. The funds will help the visually impaired continue to make soap with braille messages. The manufacturing of the soap gives the blind work as well as publicizes their capabilities. SCANDINAVIA Centenarians Abound in Scandinavia Visitors to the home of Lion Ásta Sigurrós Sigmundsdótttir in Iceland inevitably see her Melvin Jones Fellowship plaque, displayed prominently. But to appreciate her connection to Lions you need to look at her birth certificate. She turns 100 on Aug. 22, meaning she was born about two months after Jones founded Lions. Lion Ásta Sigurrós Sigmundsdótttir with a great-grandchild. Sigmundsdótttir is one of 11 centenarians in Scandinavia recently honored by International Second Vice President Gudrun Yngvadóttir of Iceland. Five are from Sweden, two each from Finland and Norway and one each from Demark and Iceland. Testament to her good health, Sigmundsdótttir walked unaided to the podium to receive her award. She became a Lion relatively late in life—at age 67 when she became a charter member of Kópavogur Yr Lions Club. Her late husband, Gunnar Þorsteinsson, was a member of the Kópavogur Muninn Lions Club. Sigmundsdótttir is still an active member. In December her special role is to read a Christmas story at the club meeting. When she was younger, she packed the Christmas cards the club sold and served food at fundraisers. She was born in Ísafjörður, a small village in northwest Iceland. Her father died when she was young, but her hardworking mother kept the family together. She moved to Reykjavik, the capital, when she was young and married Gunnar in 1947. A merchant, she ran her shop in Kópavogur. She has three children and 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, each of whom she can talk about at length. Being a Lion has been an important part of her long life. Her children and all 19 members of her club attended the ceremony honoring her.
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