Lion - March 2013


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In The Spotlight Lions news briefs Chance meeting through lions Two 55-year-old Lions who were best friends as young boys but had not seen each other in 51 years met by chance through Lions. Last year Michael Smith briefly met Anthony Goodman at a district meeting in Tennessee and invited him to a meeting of his Jackson Old Hickory Lions Club. At the club meeting Goodman mentioned that in 1961 when he was 4 he lived at the Parkview Courts in Jackson. He said his best friend was a Michael Smith, who was astonished and then confirmed with his mother he had been pals with Goodman. “Our paths crossed again. Why? Because we are both leaders in Lions clubs,” says Smith, past president and zone chair. Goodman is the 12 L district governor. GOOD VIEWING ON LIONS QUARTERLY In the January issue of the Lions Quarterly (LQ) video magazine, watch Lions assist U.S. residents recover from devastating Super storm Sandy, receive tribute by the White House as Champions of Change, work in Hawaii to protect landscapes and residents, prepare for the 96th International Convention in Hamburg and make a big impact on sight in Madagascar. Share LQ with your club members, project partners and community members. The video is available on the LCI website (search for “Lions News Network”) and LCI’s YouTube channel or can be downloaded from iTunes. Also check out the new Lions News Network page, featuring videos on sight, health, membership, hunger, the environment and more. The “Search Videos” feature allows Lions to find videos through specific keywords. Lions also can also comment on, share and download videos. 2013 ROSE PARADE FEATURES LIONS President Wayne A. Madden and his wife, Linda, ride on the Lions Clubs International float in the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2013, in Pasadena, California. With them are two of their grandchildren, Max (sitting) and Miles (standing). The float’s theme was Lions Serving the World. Lions have sponsored a float in the parade for 21 consecutive years. An estimated 400 million people in 85 countries watched the parade. Digital LION Watch a video on the Lions float at the Roses Parade at LIONS LIKE THE LION Seventy-nine percent of Lions surveyed rated LION Magazine highly compared to other magazines they read regularly, according to a survey by Lions Clubs International. Forty-five percent rated the LION as good, 25 percent as very good and 9 percent as “one of my favorites,” while 18 percent called it fair and 4 percent said poor. Sixty percent said they read four out of four issues, while 12 percent said they read three of four, 12 percent two of four and 10 percent one of four. Thirty-three percent of respondents said they spend less than 30 minutes on an average issue, while 31 percent spend 30 to 59 minutes and 24 percent spend one to two hours. Seventy percent said that receiving the LION was an important part of their membership and 30 percent said it was unimportant. Forty-nine percent said they recycle the issue after reading it, 24 percent discard it, 9 percent give it to someone else, 8 percent place it in a waiting room and 6 percent give it to a hospital, library or other institution. 19 YEARS AGO IN THE LION MARCH 1994 International President James T. Coffey and his wife, Betty, congratulate U.S. President Bill Clinton after he received the Head of State Medal from Lions Clubs International at the White House. BY THE NUMBERS 725 Wheelchair ramps built by Larsen- Winchester Lions in Wisconsin in the last 15 years. 650 Classrooms in the Pickerington Local School District given patriotic posters by the Pickerington Lions and American Legion groups. The posters bear the U.S. motto “In God We Trust” and Ohio’s motto “With God, All Things Are Possible.” 300 Baseball caps collected and donated by Beach City Lions in Ohio to prevent sun blindness in Nicaragua. 19 School bands that competed in the Visalia Band Review held by the Visalia Breakfast, Charter Oak, Host, Pride, Sequoia and Sunset Lions in California. 64 Years it took for a large wooden key given by Oak Ridge Lions in Tennessee to city officials to be returned to authorities. An Oak Ridge resident discovered the key after a family member died and donated it to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge. 43 Backpacks filled with school supplies given to needy students by Grand Cayman Tropical Gardens Lions. 305 Family recipes included in the cookbook produced by Chandler Lions in Texas. 102 Clients served in 12-step programs at New Beginnings in Vanceburg, Kentucky, in the first year since the drug recovery facility began in a building bought for the program by Vanceburg Lions. GARY GJERSTAD Blind since birth, Gary Gjerstad became familiar with the Lions at 6 years old when the Britt, Iowa, Lions began providing yearly financial assistance to his widowed mother. One hundred dollars may not sound like a lot, but it made a huge difference that Gjerstad never forgot. The best way to give back was to become a Lion. Since 1974, no matter where this traveling musician has lived, he has remained a Lion. An American history buff and avid Arizona State University sports fan, Gjerstad is the president of the Apache Junction Lions in Arizona. Know a Lion who you think deserves a bit of recognition? Email us a brief description of your Lion and the reason you’re nominating him or her at Please include “One of Us” in the subject line. Digital LION Listen to an instrumental track performed by Gjerstad at What did the Lions’ assistance mean to you? The Lions helped my mother do things like buy clothes for me while I was away from home attending the Iowa School for the Blind. My mom worked and did the best she could, but the Lions did so much for us. I still have the Braille typewriter they gave me. And that led you to becoming a Lion? I felt like being a Lion was a way of saying thank you. It’s a way of saying not what the Lions can do for me, but what can I do for the Lions. What have been some of your favorite projects? I did benefit piano concerts when I was a Lion in Minnesota that became a great tradition. In Arizona, I’m chairman of a country music variety show. But it’s about so much more than the events. It’s about doing the job the best you can, not for a reward, but to make our communities better places. When did you develop an interest in music? I started playing piano when I was 4 years old. I could hear a song once or twice and be able to play it. Then at school I had a blind piano teacher, and she taught me to read music. And the rest is history. I played for 25 years with the Jack Schultz Orchestra, traveling all over the Midwest. Now I have a full-time job as a piano player at a charter school, where I’m known as “Mr. G.” I don’t know who enjoys it more, me or the kids! What have you learned by being a Lion? It’s helped me not take things for granted and enjoy life. It’s not always easy; I’m fighting bone marrow cancer now. But I’ve kept a positive attitude. Because of my outlook and treatment, things are going well. As long as I’m able to, I’ll be a Lion. CLUB OF THE MONTH YEAR FOUNDED: 1926 MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS: The 60 Long Beach Lions, ages 32 to 95, meet every Wednesday for lunch at Billy’s Beach Café, owned by one of the club’s members. Meetings start with a flag salute and a rendition of “God Bless America.” REBUILDING AFTER SANDY: Long Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, but it didn’t take the Lions long to begin providing relief. The Long Beach Lions joined with a group of District 20 K2 Lions to set up a command post and distributed truckloads of cleaning supplies and food. Although victims themselves, the Lions are working tirelessly to rebuild their community. HOLIDAY HELP: The Lions help many families in need give thanks by coordinating food drives at four supermarkets, donating turkeys and helping to put together and deliver 300 Thanksgiving gift baskets. DIABETES DETECTION: Addressing a great need for diabetes treatment and education in their community, the Lions held a free diabetes screening day. Eighty people who could not have otherwise afforded it received the potentially life-saving test. The Lions also support the Long Beach Leos’ Strides Walk for Diabetes Awareness. MAKING WINTER WARMER: The Lions hold an annual coat drive from October to March and distribute the coats (last year they collected 1,200) to area charities. COMMITTED TO VISION: Through the Lions’ SEE program, nearly 200 children ages 3 to 5 have had vision screenings, with many referred to doctors for treatment. The Lions have enabled 20 dogs to become guide dogs through the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind in New York. Over 10 years, they have collected more than 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses through collection boxes throughout the community. Why Serve? “With so many people in need in our community and elsewhere, the Lions are in the position to help as much as we can. We are proud to serve.” Lion Gloria Febrizio A participant in the Lions’ free diabetes screening event gladly has his blood tested. OVERHEARD “Everything is so expensive. Try eating nothing but Top Ramen for a week. Now at least we’ll be warm.” –Starr Souza, who picked out a winter coat at a clothing giveaway held by Yuba City Sunset Buttes, Yuba City Peach Bowl, Pride of Laguna Creek and Willows Lions Clubs in California. From the Appeal Democrat. “Maybe you can’t get blood out of a turnip, but they have found you can get it out of a service club.” –Columnist Marilyn Hagerty of the Grand Forks Herald on the competition to donate blood won by the Grand Forks South Forks Lions Club in North Dakota. “It was a life-changing experience, and I will be forever grateful. As they say in Iceland, ‘takk fyrir mig!’” –Exchange student Julie Summers on her trip to Iceland, supported in part by Lopez Island Lions in Washington. The Icelandic phrase is used for thanking a host after a meal. ON THE WEB Do you tweet? Join LCI’s close to 35,000 Twitter followers and be the first to see breaking news and announcements—in concise Twitter fashion. Not sure where to start? Watch the Twitter 101 seminar to learn the basics. Search for “Lions on the web” on the LCI website at and find the link to the seminar at the bottom of the page.

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