Georgia Lion to Serve as President Nearly 30,000 Lions celebrated the Lions centennial in Chicago at the 100th International Convention June 30 to July 4. Judge Haynes H. Townsend of Dalton, Georgia, was elected as third international vice president, meaning he will serve as international president in 2020-21. A past international director and a Melvin Jones Fellow, Townsend is the founder of the Georgia Lions Children’s Eye Care Center at Emory University and a past president of the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. In 2018-19, Lions will be led by its first woman president, First International Vice President Gudrun Bjort Yngvadottir of Iceland. Second International Vice President Jung-Yul Choi of Korea will serve as president in 2019- 20. Full coverage of the convention will be in the October LION. LEOS REACH A MILESTONE In its 50th year, the Leo program celebrated a milestone in May: the 7,000th Leo club was chartered. There are an estimated 174,000 Leos in 144 nations. “Leo” stands for leadership, experience and opportunity, and the main purpose of the program, coordinated by Lions Clubs International, is to encourage volunteerism. Leos began in 1957 in Abington, Pennsylvania, after young Bill Graver asked his father, Glenside Lion Jim Graver, “Why isn’t there a Lions-sponsored service club for young people?” LIONS WERE TRENDING It never happened before: Lions Clubs International was trending on Twitter. For the first two days of the international convention (June 30 and July 1) in Chicago, #LCICon was popular on Twitter—just below Jay-Z, who had released an album. The trending occurred because Lions at convention were posting photos on Twitter using the #LCICon hashtag, as were David Archuleta, the popular singer who performed at convention, and other people and entities involved in the convention such as the Shedd Aquarium, the Chicago Park District and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This show that Lions have a better understanding now of social media, that they are more comfortable using it,” says Jacqui MacKenzie, the social media and community manager at LCI who encouraged Lions and convention partners to use the hashtag. Cancer Death Leads to Saving Others A stylish, vibrant young adult in Italy, Martina died from cancer more than a decade ago, but her parents still feel close to her. “It’s like Martina is always by our side, still alive,” says her father. That’s because her death inspired a national Lions’ program to teach high school students about risk factors for cancer and to encourage a healthy lifestyle. Embraced both by the Ministry of Health and Education, Lions’ Martina Project has resulted in half of the youths exposed to it to change their lifestyles. The project is depicted in the latest LQ, the Lions Quarterly Video Magazine. The July LQ also features a food bank in an Oregon town where a mill closed, a dental clinic run by a club in Jamaica and a microfinance loan to a mother in India which led to a new textile factory in Delhi. Be sure to “like” and share LQ on social media. LQ is available on the LCI website, YouTube, iTunes and DVD. LION TO PUBLISH EVERY OTHER MONTH The LION will print six issues a year beginning in January, instead of the current 11, and also will publish five separate digital issues with additional content. Recognizing the demand for digital content, Lions’ International Board of Directors decided in 2015 to reduce the number of print issues. In 2016 the LION upgraded the digital LION with videos and bonus stories and also optimized it for smartphones, iPads, tablets and Web browsers. The digital magazine remains available as well in a second format—a “flipbook” version that mirrors the print issue. In addition to the forthcoming five digital issues annually, each month’s print issue will continue to be digitized and include bonus content. Extra Digital Content Watch the latest LQ. OVERHEARD “Her face just lit up like sunshine.” —LEITA HASSIG of the Plainview Lions Club in Minnesota after a 95-year-old woman with macular degeneration used a video magnifier to read the newspaper. The machine was given to her by the Plainview and Kellogg Lions. From the Post Bulletin. “He reacted with his eyes. He was just looking around at everything. But he didn’t say anything. The look on his face said it all. I knew that had changed his life.” —OPTOMETRIST DR. MELISSA PFEFFER on an 8-year-old boy in Trinidad who received eyeglasses thanks to a vision mission. Pfeffer was set to travel to Guatemala with thousands of eyeglasses collected by Campbell County Lions in Tennessee. From the LaFollette Press. “They’re the happiest kids in the whole county.” —MIKE EXLEY, a Spanaway Lion in Washington, after his club sponsored an Easter egg hunt for children with special needs. From the News Tribune. BY THE NUMBERS 22 Children from the Oklahoma School for the Blind who volunteered at the Bean and Chili Day of the Sapulpa Lions. 12 Roses given to buyers of a $50 Lions Loot Ticket for the sweepstakes of the Fulton Lions in New York. 150 Eggs of the 1,500 in the Easter Egg hunt with a white slip of paper entitling the child to a stuffed animal. Kirkwood Lions in Missouri have held the hunt since 1929. 8 Size in feet of each of the two big-screen projector TVs at the Daytona 500 party hosted by Terra Rubra Lions in Maryland. 19 First to third graders who attended a summer reading and writing camp made possible by Lansing Lions in New York. 46 Cases of dry food bought and delivered to the Spanish Community Center Pantry by Joliet Noon Lions in Illinois. 2,200 Eyeglasses distributed by Oregon Lions including Roseburg Lions on a 10-day mission to Mexico. 65 YEARS AGO IN THE LION SEPTEMBER 1952 The LION Magazine is now available for passengers on Capital Airlines, joining “other leading national publications to circulate throughout the 6,000 miles of one of the nation’s leading air routes.” Each of the 76 cities served by Capital Airlines has at least one Lions club. Extra Digital Content Read the complete story
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