<b>MADDEN OF INDIANA ELECTED AS 2ND VP</b> Wayne A. Madden of Auburn, Indiana, was elected international second vice president July 2 at the 93rd International Convention in Sydney, Australia. Madden is slated to become international president in 2012-13 (following Sid L. Scruggs III of Vass, North Carolina, this year and Dr. Wing-Kun Tam of China Hong Kong in 2011-12). More than 12,000 Lions and guests attended the convention, where Bhutan was recognized as the 206th nation or geographic region in Lionism and Lions Clubs International announced a $350,000 pilot program in partnership with Bausch + Lomb to treat and prevent pediatric cataract. The October issue of the LION will provide full convention coverage. <b>LCIF LAUNCHES BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN</b> Begun in July and running through the fall, Lions Clubs International Foundation is raising public awareness of vision and also the Foundation through 1,000 billboard advertisements along U.S. roads. The billboards encourage people to think about the importance of their vision while highlighting that saving sight is a primary initiative of LCIF. The billboards read: "Our Vision is that You Don't Lose Yours" and encourage the public to visit www.lcif.org/sight for more information. <b>BOAT-FLOAT WINS HONOR</b> The bow of the USS New York was forged from steel pulled from the wreckage of the World Trade Center after Sept. 11. Joe Verga, 2009-10 president of the Bergenfield Lions Club in New Jersey, was inspired by that seagoing living memorial. The club’s float, dubbed the Living Memorial, won top honors at the Bergenfield Memorial Day Parade. <b>DOG DEVOURS RAFFLE TICKETS</b> The dog ate his raffle tickets. Lion Al Ainsley of Port Austin, Michigan, left Lily, a 2-year-old golden retriever, alone in his truck with an envelope containing $500 in cash And $500 in his club’s raffle tickets. When he returned to the truck, Lily had a “bad dog” look and a gnawed corner of the envelope was on the floor. She had taken a pass on the currency but swallowed the sold tickets. Fortunately, Ainsley was able to identify the Lion who sold the eaten stubs and eventually the names of the buyers. None of the tickets Lily ate won or made the final 10 of the raffle. But Mike White, Ainsley’s nephew and Lily’s owner, won $2,500 as one of the raffle winners. “It’s just an amazing coincidence,” says Ainsley. <b>LIONS HELP LIONS</b> Oregon Lions’ concern for sight extends to the animal kingdom. The Portland Downtown Lions Club raised funds for a portable slit lamp for the Oregon Zoo. “When your patients range in size from small birds to six-ton elephants, you need flexible, high-quality veterinary equipment that suits a wide range of medical needs. The digital slit lamp meets all those qualifications,” zoo veterinarian Mitch Finnegan told the Oregon LION. Among the animals to benefit from the slit lamp are Neka, Kya and Zawadi Mungu, three lions. <b>WELCOME TO THE CLUB!</b> Talena Hengst, 28, is not only a new Lion but she’s also a pioneer in specialty Lions clubs. A Special Olympics athlete, Hengst has been the president of the newly chartered Chippewa Valley Pioneer Lions Club in Wisconsin since February. The club is comprised of athletes and their families who work together to give back to the community. <b>LION:</b> Talena Hengst <b>CLUB:</b> Chippewa Valley Pioneer Lions Club, Eau Claire, Wisconsin <b>OCCUPATION:</b> Grocery cashier/bagger <b>MY CLUB:</b> My club is made up of individuals with special needs who are also Special Olympics athletes like me. Our families, Special Olympics coaches and volunteers are also members. Together, we want to learn and give back to the community. <b>FAVORITE FOOD:</b> Liver with no onions. I have always liked it since I was a kid. I would eat my sisters’ helpings because they didn’t like it. Now I send them a picture of the liver from my phone whenever my mom cooks it. They send back messages like “ick!” and “gross!” <b>FAVORITE TV SHOW:</b> “American Idol” because I like music and like to see new singers. I also like the old TV program “MacGyver” because Mac was so cool to make something out of nothing. <b>LAST BOOK I READ:</b> Garfield Treasury — the illustrations are so funny. <b>WHY I BECAME A LION:</b> I have been given a chance to do something that I would not have done on my own. <b>PROJECTS I’D LIKE TO SEE MY CLUB TAKE ON:</b> Things that will help others like collecting and giving glasses. Something special for sick kids and older people who can’t help themselves. <b>TRAILER MAKES AN IMPRESSION</b> Canadian Lions in central Ontario wanted to do more than put a Lions logo on their trailer. So they used a “wrap,” a large vinyl sheet commonly seen on city buses, that depicts friendly, smiling Lions and examples of Lions’ service. The wrap includes a Lions’ Web site address. The sixby- 10-foot trailer was first used to sell hot dogs when a club sponsored a safe driving roadside program. An upcoming use is a club’s environmental show featuring hybrid cars, windmills and other green products. When not in use, the trailer is parked in a high-traffic area such as a Mc- Donald’s parking lot. “Billboards were way too expensive. This was better,” says Janice Campbell, A-12 publicity chair. Costing less than $1,000, the wrap was funded by a public relations grant from Lions Clubs International. CLUB OF THE MONTH <b>EDMONDS LIONS CLUB, WASHINGTON</b> <b>FOUNDED:</b> Feb. 1, 1947 <b>COMMUNITY SERVED:</b> Edmonds, Washington, population 42,000. The town is on Puget Sound and lacks any big national chain stores. Ferries, restaurants, coffee houses and small-town activity are the heart of this community. <b>MEMBERSHIP:</b> 31 members ranging in age from 23 to 88. They include a judge, a diver, a school administrator, a postmaster and a railroad engineer. <b>MEETING MATTERS:</b> The club meets the second and fourth Monday evening of the month at Stevens Hospital in Edmonds. At the end of meetings, each member shares a happy moment. <b>FUNDRAISING EFFORTS:</b> The club displays 305 flags in the community on holidays and special days. In the fall, they have a food bank raffle and were able to donate more than $3,500 last year. The club holds a garage sale to raise money and assists with the Taste of Edmonds, White Canes and Macy’s parade. <b>SERVICE PROJECTS:</b> The club provides $3,500 in scholarship, picks up trash at the train station, provides Thanksgiving baskets to the needy, assists with the Louis Braille school, helps purchase equipment for the blind and has provided Braille menus for local restaurants. They also provide flowers for those unable to leave their home in order to brighten their day. The flowers are donated by Stadium Flowers. Members pick up the flowers once a month to arrange into bouquets for rehabilitation centers, hospitals and individual homes. <b>CLAIM TO FAME:</b> The club built Blind Park in 1976, which has Braille markers describing various species of trees and flowers. Facilities receiving the flowers request the service because it does so much for the residents’ spirits. <b>WHY BE A LION?</b> “Our parents and grandparents were involved with Lions and loved the organization. We have a great scholarship program and feel good when we see our efforts in the local community. It feels good to give back.” —Charles Brady, club secretary. <b>OVERHEARD</b> “People are living in hard times, but it seems like there is always someone out there to help you out. These people are a blessing. It is just such a blessing.” –Emily Griffin, one of 10 heads of households to receive a sumptuous meal and gift basket from the Alexandria Heart City Pacesetters Lions Club in Louisiana. From thetowntalk.com. “If they don’t have the equipment, all they can do is stand outside and throw water on it.” –Clyde Gilliam, 2009-2010 president of the Frankton Lions Club in Indiana, after his club helped supply airpacks for firefighters to enter burning buildings. From the Herald Bulletin. “If you wear glasses, don’t set them down.” –Walt Krumm, a Lion who runs a Lions’ eyeglass recycling center in Ocala, Florida, and who once accidentally donated his own pair. From the Gainesville Sun. NEXT MONTH’S LION Couldn’t make it to Sydney for the 93rd International Convention? No worries, mate. We’ll tell you all about it–and show you as well with an array of dazzling photos. <b>BYTHE NUMBERS</b> 1,000,000 Cans collected and recycled in a little more than three years by the Brookings-Harbor Lions Club in Oregon. Kans for Kids raises funds for eye exams, glasses, cataract surgeries, hearing aids, clothing, computers, camps and other causes. 11 Families whose yards were raked and tidied up by Lions in Medfield, Massachusetts, and high school students. 24,000 Coats given to children during the past dozen years in the Coats for Kids project of the Yuba City Sunset Buttes Lions Club in California. 150 Spectators at the Husband of the Year contest sponsored by Lions in Waipapa, New Zealand. Contestants did tasks such as cake decorating and dress making. 200 Police officers and others at the Cantonment Police Station in India given a free eye check-up by Lions clubs and the National Society for the Prevention for Blindness. Fiftyeight police officers received free eye glasses. $321,000 Dollars raised by LCIF during the international convention in Sydney: $237,000 from the Lions of Australia Convention Host Committee and $84,000 onsite at the LCIF booth. 27 Women inducted as charter members of the Spearfish Queen City Lions Club in South Dakota. <b>8 YEARS AGO IN THE LION SEPTEMBER 2002</b> Lions Clubs International expands to China. Immediate Past President J. Frank Moore III officiates at the charter ceremony of the China Shenzhen Lions Club.
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