<b>CONDOLEEZZA RICE TO ADDRESS LIONS</b> Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. secretary of state, will be the keynote speaker at Lions’ 94th international convention in Seattle July 4-8. Rice currently is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University in California. From 2005 to 2009 she served as the 66th secretary of state under President George W. Bush, the first African- American woman secretary of state. Before serving as America’s chief diplomat, she was Bush’s national security adviser during his first term. Prior to joining the Bush administration, she was a professor of political science at Stanford and its provost from 1993 to 1999. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she has authored or co-authored several books including Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft, The Gorbachev Era and Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army. <b>LIONS HELP PAKISTAN</b> Lions Clubs International Foundation is providing US$120,000 to help Lions in providing relief to victims of the floods in Pakistan. More than 20 million people have been affected and displaced, representing eight percent of the country, and 1,500 people are dead following the deadliest flooding in 80 years. Donate online at www.lcif.org/donate. or contact LCIF at donorassistance @lcif.org or (630) 203-3836. <b>A CHAMPION OF LIONS DIES</b> Past International President Tris Coffin of Rosemere, Quebec, Canada, has died. Elected to the association’s highest office at the 1973 international convention in Miami, Florida, Coffin wasn’t shy about sharing his belief that “good Lions all speak the same language.” He strongly advocated the growth of Lions Clubs International as a global opportunity for people everywhere— a way to get to know each other while helping others. An optician, Coffin also considered himself a bit of a salesman. He not only helped sell “Lions,” he also once proudly called himself the “Fruit Cake King of Canada” for selling more than 40,000 fruitcakes to raise money for the Montreal Central club’s community service activities. <b>LIONS PLATE IN WISCONSIN</b> Wisconsin has become one of an estimated 20 states with a Lionsspecialty license plate. Once development costs of $23,700 are recouped through plate sales, each plate sold will provide a $25 donation to the Wisconsin Lions Foundation– as well as increase the visibility of Lions. The plate costs $25. Ed Hida, who joined the West Allis Central Lions Club in 2009, spurred the project. <b>LIONS SUPPORT SCHOOL-IN-A-BOX</b> Lions recently donated $39,468.62 to UNICEF for the School-in-a-Box program. The funds represent designated donations made by Lions and other donors to LCIF during the last year. School-in-a-Box carries essential school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and scissors for up to 80 children. In emergency situations, the kits allow a teacher to instantly set up a classroom in a tent or under a shady tree. Since 1996, Lions have contributed more than $200,000 for School-in-a-Box through LCIF. <b>WELCOME TO THE CLUB!</b> Jim King, 54, is a man on the move. After deciding commercial farming in Washington was no longer for him, he moved to Alaska for a time. He now calls Georgia home after becoming the executive director of the Savannah Association for the Blind, Inc., in 2009. King has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that affects each patient differently. For King, driving at night was never an activity he felt comfortable with and he quit driving completely at 28, after which his vision deteriorated rapidly. With the aid of his 5-year-old guide dog, Wade, King enjoys the friendship and service of the Wilmington Island Lions Club. <b>HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLUB:</b> It’s a great club filled with good folks who are service-minded and dedicated Lions. The people in my Lions club are just the greatest people. When they help, they don’t do it with condescension. They just help people and it’s a positive experience. <b>FAVORITE FOOD:</b> I like to cook Thai food. When I lived in Washington, I went to Thailand for a month at a time for a couple of years. I have a degree in agricultural economics and I met some people who were involved with a university in Thailand. They were telling me about a project where the purpose was to introduce alternative crops to poppies. A lot of the small farmers out in the mountains were heavily involved in the poppy trade; not because they were criminals, because they needed to raise cash. I got interested in the project and tried to help out. I ended up wandering around and making friends with different farmers. <b>WHY I BECAME A LION:</b> I’ve been involved with vision rehabilitation for a long, long time. I identify with the Lions and feel like I’m a part of the organization. They all have a positive outlook and attitude. <b>WHAT MY CLUB DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT ME: I</b> Spent time in the jungles of Thailand in a bamboo hut. Some of these farmers are more slash and burn, hunter-gatherer types who move where the food is. Their homes are bamboo huts and their villages never stay in one place for very long. A few different times I ended up staying in those villages with the locals. <b>PROJECTS I’D LIKE TO SEE MY CLUB TAKE ON:</b> I would like to see the club continue to support rehabilitation efforts. Also, I’d like to see my club start projects that support and educate disadvantaged youth and young people. They are our future Lions. <b>CLUB TITLE:</b> Grand Rapids Lions Club <b>FOUNDED:</b> 1919 <b>COMMUNITY SERVED:</b> Grand Rapids, which is on the west side of Michigan and the second-largest city in the state. <b>MEMBERSHIP:</b> 111 Lions with 85 percent participating in more than one club activity. The members range in age from 20s to 90s and the club has added almost 30 new members during the past three years. <b>MEETING MATTERS:</b> The club is known as the downtown Grand Rapids Lions Club and meets at noon on Tuesdays at the University Club from September through May, except on the first Tuesday of the month. That day, the club meets in the evening at an eyeglass recycling center to process glasses for their mission trips to Central and South America. <b>FUNDRAISING EFFORTS:</b> The club serves in multiple ways, including a Blind Dinner Date that honors three individuals who have made significant efforts to assist the blind and visually impaired. The club also hosts a “Drive for Vision” Golf Outing and an annual calendar raffle. More than 20 years ago, the club established the Grand Rapids Lions Club Foundation to ensure the club could donate to charities indefinitely. The endowment fund is currently at $350,000 and allows the club to donate about $100,000 per year to charities and individuals when coupled with regular fundraising efforts. <b>SERVICE PROJECTS:</b> Lions support the eyeglass recycling program to provide glasses for the Lions of Michigan Vision Mission Trips and process 200,000 glasses annually. The club also supports the Meijer Kids Christmas Shopping Day for more than 35 disadvantaged and visually impaired children. Also, the club sponsors field trips for visually impaired children and a sports day so visually impaired youth can try rock climbing, horseback riding and other sports. <b>CLAIM TO FAME:</b> Former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford was a member of this club. <b>WHY BE A LION?</b> “Becoming a member in our club can be the first step on a pathway of leadership that can lead you to serving your neighbors down the street and around the world.” <b>“I have to wear glasses the rest of my life. But that’s OK. God gave me two eyes and I’ve adjusted to having one. I’m careful when I drive because I really have a blind spot.”</b> –Meredith Legg, 23, who battled eye cancer after winding up as the all-time leading scorer in basketball for the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Legg spoke to the Aiken Mid-Day Lions and thanked them for their support. <b>“The Lions clubs’ cash donation drive was equal to that of an entire nation.”</b> –Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou on funds raised by MD 300 Lions for typhoon victims. From Taiwan News Online. <b>“I felt so bad that I couldn’t help these people. I really tried everything I could think of.”</b> –Wanda Hennessey of Evington, Virginia, after receiving many phone calls for the Lynchburg Host Lions Club, the previous owner of her phone number. From the News and Advance. <b>ON THE WEB</b> Adding the Lions Clubs International logo to your club’s stationery, Web site or banner is a professional touch that sets your club apart. If you’d like to obtain logos and art for your club’s use, check out www.lionclubs.org. Just enter “logos and art” in the search box at the top of the page and you’ll have access to art in different colors and sizes. You’ll also find information for proper logo use and color guidelines. <b>1917</b> Year of construction of a farm implement shed on the former homestead of Sir Frederick Banting’s family in Alliston, Ontario, Canada. The Alliston Lions are helping to restore the shed. Banting co-discovered insulin, first produced from cattle pancreas. Banting credited his farm upbringing for furthering his research. <b>2,000</b> Boards to be used for a six-foot wide, 1,000-foot long lakeside boardwalk partially completed by the Kincardine Lions Club in Ontario, Canada. <b>78</b> Pinochle players who competed in the Annual State Lions Club Pinochle Tournament in Dickinson, North Dakota. <b>4</b> Hours on two Sundays (1 to 5 p.m.) the Shrewsbury Public Library in Massachusetts could remain open thanks to a donation by the Shrewsbury Lions. <b>10,000</b> Dollars contributed by the Brighton Lions Club in Ontario, Canada, to a recruitment fund to bring a doctor to town. <b>316</b> Anglers who competed in the Perch Derby sponsored by the Townsend Broadwater County Lions Club in Montana. <b>102</b> Countries in which SightFirst funds blindness prevention projects after grants were approved for the Central African Republic and Burundi. <b>61 YEARS AGO IN THE LION OCTOBER 1949</b> Lions clubs will collect toys for needy children at Christmas time aided by a fictional Lions club on the popular CBS radio program, Hilltop House. A main character on the show is Daniel Findlay (pictured), who once was part of a “rough-neck gang” but now lives at Hilltop House.
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