Thai Girl Wins Peace Poster Contest A 7th-grader in Thailand, Lakkana Meepara drew her peace poster after reflecting on the troubles she saw on TV and online. “I saw on the news a world of chaos. I want everybody to build peace together,” she says. A member of her school’s art club, Lakkana, 13, was named the grand prize winner of the 2016-17 Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The contest’s theme was “A Celebration of Peace.” Lakkana says her poster portrays “every human being on the planet happy and congratulated [sic] on peace together. Because of that, we make the world peaceful, pleasant, bright and beautiful.” Lakkana will be honored in June at the 100th International Convention in Chicago. For nearly 30 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest, sponsored by Lions clubs at schools and youth groups. For more details, visit lionsclubs.org. Extra Digital Content The first peace poster winner in 1989 experienced war directly (June 1989 LION). MELVIN JONES’ STATUE IS DEDICATED International President Chancellor Bob Corlew unveiled a new life-size statue of founder Melvin Jones on the front lawn of Lion’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, in May. “Until today, there was no tribute or recognition of our founder outside of headquarters,” Corlew told executive officers and staff of Lions Clubs International. Corlew also dedicated an imposing white lion statue, a gift of South Dakota Lions. Other ceremonies on the same day included the burial of a time capsule, to be opened in 2117, and the reburial of a time capsule from 1971 that was surprisingly uncovered during construction at headquarters. The 2117 time capsule included the centennial issue of the LION, the commemorative coin, a listing of members worldwide, a CD with a centennial video, a photo of the building, a copy of Corlew’s farewell speech for the 2017 convention and a Lion vest and pen. Also appreciated during the ceremony were the eight centennial torches representing Lions’ seven constitutional areas and Africa, a restored, threefoot- wide fiberglass globe donated to headquarters by New York Lions in 1972 and the Japanese Garden, begun in 1972 and nurtured by District 330 B Lions in Japan. LIONS JOIN WEEK OF SERVICE Many hands mean more service: Lions Clubs International (LCI) teamed up with more than a dozen other well-known service groups for the International Week of Service March 25 to 31. Lions clubs invited members of Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimists clubs and others to take part in a previously scheduled service project (or vice versa). Statistics on completed projects were not compiled, but clubs in at least 21 nations participated. Fifty-two percent of all inquiries about the program were from Lions or Rotary clubs. LCI’s five Facebook posts about the service week reached an average of 14,300 people. Lions Further Support Special Olympics The recent Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria featured the usual heartwarming scenes of athletes skiing, skating and joyously celebrating—even if they didn’t win. But something different—and reason to cheer as well—was the celebration at the Games of the centennial of Lions Clubs International (LCI), a longtime supporter of Special Olympics. Pop stars Jason Mraz and Grace VanderWaal performed, and LCI announced a $1 million additional commitment to Special Olympics. The LCIF/Aruna Abhey Oswal Trust will support Special Olympics activities in India and other nations. LCIF has awarded more than US$21 million to support Special Olympics since 2000. The grants support vision screenings, hearing exams, family health forums and inclusive sports for Special Olympics athletes. Lions have made possible the screening of more than 370,000 athletes and free eyewear for 162,000 athletes. More than 20,000 Lions have volunteered in more than 90 nations through the partnership. CITIES SELECTED FOR CONVENTION New Delhi, India, will host the 2022 International Convention, Boston, the 2023 convention and Melbourne, Australia, the 2024 convention. The board of directors chose the cities in the spring. Next year Lions will gather in Las Vegas, Nevada, followed by Milan, Italy, in 2019, Singapore in 2020 and Montreal in 2021. This will be the first international convention in India, home to 241,000 Lions. Boston hosted the convention in 2006, and Melbourne has not hosted a convention, though Sydney had one in 2010 and Brisbane in 1991. It will the first time for Milan and Singapore; Montreal hosted in 1996 and 1979. OVERHEARD “Well, I guess that just has to be another lesson in life.” —DICK SCHINDEL of the Aurora Lions Club in Illinois after some of the 40 children at the club’s fishing clinic came up empty. From the Aurora Beacon News. “They put a little zip in the Fourth of July.” —MIKE MORTENSSON, vice president of the Sebastopol Gravenstein Lions Club in California about the items for sale at the club’s fireworks stand. From the Petaluma Argus Courier. “The only thing worthwhile on this earth anymore is to help somebody. You can be awful tired when you get home, but if what you’ve done that day is worthwhile it’s because you helped somebody. That’s what life is all about anyhow.” —RON HANSON of the Muskegon North Side Lions Club in Michigan on why he is a Lion. BY THE NUMBERS 10 Hooks on the fullyequipped, honor-system life jacket loaner station added to Lions Levee Park in the town of St. Paul Park, Minnesota, thanks to St. Paul Park Newport Lions. 300 Gallons of sap collected each day on average from trees on their New York farm by the Hass family, much of which they donate to the Lansing Lions for their two pancake breakfasts. 150 Tractors that took part in the annual Edgar Lions Club Antique Tractor Pull in Nebraska. 60+ Vendors that took part in the 43rd Annual Manchester Lions Club Home and Garden Show in Maine. 10 Weeks of competition of the Beanbag League organized by Lonsdale Lions in Minnesota. 24 Organizations that competed with handcrafted wooden lions in the Lions Race, combining elements of a board game with horse race betting and held by Lake Orion Lions in Michigan. 91 YEARS AGO IN THE LION AUGUST 1926 Lion Richard Byrd, a U.S. naval officer, flew over the North Pole— never done before—and dropped the flags of the United States and Lions International. Byrd and fellow pilot Floyd Bennett, who took off from Norway and covered the 1,545-mile trip in less than 16 hours, were celebrated as national heroes. Extra Digital Content Read a congratulatory letter from U.S. President Calvin Coolidge to Byrd.
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