Lions Charity Burns Supper raises Marie Curie cash

Lions Charity Burns Supper raises Marie Curie cash Marie Curie Cancer Care has £450 to put to good use thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended the South Ayrshire Councillors’ Annual Charity Burns Supper 2013.

The event was Chaired by Councillor Ian Cavana, with the Immortal Memory delivered by Reverend David Gemmell, the Toast to the Lassies by Reverend Kenneth Elliot and the Reply by Reverend Fiona Ross recited To a Mouse.

It was a fun, informal and relaxed evening celebrating the Bard where Councillor Alec Oattes delivered the Toast to the Haggis and Councillor Bill Grant.

Councillor Sandra Goldie who helped organise the event said: “It was a great evening which has raised £450 for Marie Curie Cancer Care which I know will be put to very good use. I would like to thank everyone who made the evening such a success and helped us raise funds for such a worthy charity.”

Ontario Lions clubs to celebrate their efforts

Who let the Lions loose in Cambridge last weekend? More than 500 Lions, representing 54 clubs within District A-15, southwest and central Ontario, held their annual convention at the Holiday Inn.

Sponsored by the Galt-Cambridge Lions Club, members celebrated their successes of helping others, while planning for major worldwide projects of the future. Their challenge for the year is “Dare to Dream in 2013”.

Dr. Daniel Ayim, a past-president of the Galt-Cambridge Club and now the district governor, accompanied by his wife Afua, hosted the large convention.

The keynote banquet speaker, Marvin Chambers, from Fillmore, Sask., is a director of the International Association of Lions Clubs. He is the only Canadian on the 34-member board.

“It doesn’t matter where you live,” said Chambers, “you can contribute along with other men and women to help in our many projects to assist the blind, the hard of hearing, the sick and the needy.”

He joked about his home community of Fillmore by saying, “There are 278 people living in Fillmore right now, and when my wife Lynne and I get home, there will be 280 people there.”

Mayor Doug Craig addressed the gathering at a luncheon and praised the Galt-Cambridge Lions Club for assisting many local groups, from children with vision problems to seniors with special needs. He stressed appreciation from the city and its citizens for the $265,000 the local club has donated to Cambridge Memorial Hospital.

Delegates were amazed with the professional skill and quality of eight-minute speeches given by several district young people who have won honours in the Lions Club’s public speaking contests. Some of the students spoke in French.

One of the Lions’ major projects is supplying dog guides through the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program. More than 2,000 dogs have been matched with people with vision impairment, the deaf and hard of hearing, epilepsy, autism and diabetic conditions.

Several recipients of the program were present with their dogs, and exhibited the great care and training of these very special animals.

Galt-Cambridge Lions Club member Don Gamble, 87, and his wife, Charlotte, were singled out for long-time service. Don has been a Lion for more than 61 years. He was a chartered member of the Granby Lions Club in Quebec, before moving to Cambridge in 1957 and transferring to the Cambridge Club.

$50,000 raised by New Zealand Lions

by Lin Ferguson

Hunterville_NewZealand Lions ClubIn a combined pledge, the Hunterville, Marton and Bulls Lions Clubs have raised $50,000 for a room at the new Ronald McDonald House being built opposite Wellington Hospital.

Hunterville Lions Club president Bernie Hughes said the three clubs in the Rangitikei region decided two years ago to make the pledge and raise $50,000.

“It is a very special cause, and we really wanted to get stuck in,” he said

The three clubs hope the name of the new room will be the Rangitikei Room.

Each club had held a major event to raise the money.

In early March, the Hunterville club held a 4WD rally across all the big sheep stations along the Napier-Taupo Rd.

“It was unbelievably successful. We completely sold out and could have easily sold dozens more tickets. Every station manager and farmer signed up … we were so well supported, it was just amazing,” Mr Hughes said.

The new, bigger, Ronald McDonald House will be able to house 34 families whereas the old house could only take 12 families.

The new house has cost the Ronald McDonald Trust more than $15 million and the call went out from the Wellington Trust for donations and pledges more than two years ago.

Ronald McDonald House is a “home-away-from-home” for families of children receiving medical treatment in Wellington.

The idea is that children respond better to treatment when their families are close.

The trust wanted to build a bigger house so it could accommodate a growing number of families and ensure it never had to turn anyone away.

They bought the land next to the existing house, just a short walk from Wellington Hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House Wellington Trust had pushed the green light for the project to start before they had secured the full funding, because they knew having the building under way was the best way to show they were serious about the new house.

She Needed a Special Bike, Invercargill’s Lions Clubs Got One for Her


Getting her first bike was even more special for Cheyanne Richards than for other children her age.

The Invercargill 7-year-old was born with achondroplasia, a condition which causes dwarfism.

The $350 bike, donated by the Waikiwi and Invercargill East Lions Clubs, allow Cheyanne to exercise and get out and about.

Other bikes were either too small or had seats which were too high.

The bright pink machine was specially adapted for her. It is a big hit with the St Joseph’s School pupil.

“It’s so fast,” Cheyanne said, pedalling around the driveway of her Invercargill home.

The bike was presented by Invercargill East club president Joe Wilson and Waikiwi president John Warren.

It had been altered by Rob McMurdo, of Wensley Cycles.

Cheyanne’s mother, Desaray Richards, was blown away by the Lions’ generosity and her daughter’s reaction.

“I think it’s absolutely amazing,” she said. “It’s going to strengthen her so much.”

The bike would aid her recovery from surgery for her condition, she said.

Cheyanne’s physiotherapists, Mardi Postill and Marie Cruickshank, said she could now enjoy bike rides to Queens Park for exercise and to play with other children.

“She’s never even ridden a bike before,” they said. “She candevelop her fitness and strength and be like other kids.”

The bike had stabilisers for the moment, but there was already talk about Cheyanne doing the Surf-to-City bike ride next year.

Peterborough Lions Club roars into 75th year with anniversary gala

By KENNEDY GORDON, Examiner Staff Writer

Lions International LogoPeterborough’s Lions Club turns 75 this year and members are ready to roar in celebration.

More than 150 Lions from clubs in eastern Ontario — Kingston to Peterborough, Lakeshore to Denby — will head to the Trentwinds on Saturday night for a gala dinner marking three-quarters of a century in the Electric City.

“It’s going to be big,” said Lion Graham Lewis, chairman of the organizing committee.

“We’ve got people coming from all over this part of the province.”

He said 75 years is a long time for one club to be operating. The Peterborough Lions held their first meeting in 1936, with 24 members.

Now based in the Lions Community Centre on Burnham St. in East City — once the site of a popular outdoor pool run by the club — the Lions have 39 members and continue to carry out community work in the area.

“It’s going to be big. We’ve got people coming from all over this part of the province.”organizing committee chairman Graham Lewis

Saturday night’s dinner will include several service awards for members, Lewis said.

Members of other Lions Clubs and the general public are welcome to attend, he said, and there’s still space. Tickets are $30, with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner.

“We’re looking forward to a good night and a good time,” Lewis said.

Lions clubs were launched in 1917 as a secular service club in the U.S. and has since spread to close to 200 countries, boasting 1.3 million members.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club hope car show drives interest

Ventnor Car ShowVENTNOR, NJ – The local Lions Club is inviting the public to set its sights on some classic cars in order to help the visually impaired.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club is holding its first car show noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 in front of the Auto Zone at the Ventnor Shopping Plaza where car clubs, collectors and dealers are invited to display their vehicles.

Those showing off their rides are asked to pay a $10 donation with proceeds benefiting projects for the blind and visually impaired.

“We would like to invite anyone who has a classic or custom or just plain cool car to be a part of this show,” said King Lion Mark Hills of Ventnor. “We hope to see a lot of locals and some really great cars at the event.”

He said the cars don’t have to be new or antique to be on display, and he’s looking for owners that are willing to chat about the unique features of their ride.

Hills said the car show gives people a chance to socialize and share stories about cars and history.

“To me, that’s a big part of what goes on in these shows; passing history down, telling history of a car, telling history or having someone remember riding in one,” Hills said.

Among the cars on display will be a 1949 Chrysler Windsor convertible, which has been in the family of John Campbell of Margate since it was bought new by his uncle.

When he was 16 years old with a Pennsylvania driver’s license, Campbell, now 84, drove a 1929 Ford Model A, which was popular for a while. He said after he got out of high school, that car fell out of fashion in favor of the curves and style that followed World War II.

He said it was tough to get a new car and potential buyers would often have to entice car dealers in order to get their names put on a list. He did just that, in 1948, and put his name on a list for a new car, but after awhile he forgot about it.

At the time, Campbell worked at Haverty’s Service Station, owned by his uncles, on the corner of Franklin and Ventnor avenues.

“One day my uncle came in and said to me, ‘Hey John, you’re car’s out front.’ I said, ‘My car, what car?’ and out front was a Chrysler convertible,” said Campbell Friday, Oct. 7. “The guy said, ‘Here’s the car you ordered.’ But I didn’t have the money for it.”

He said three days later, his uncle came into the shop and asked him to check out his new 1949 Chrysler Windsor convertible, the same car that was almost Campbell’s.

“He got the car; I got drafted in the Korean War,” Campbell said with a hearty laugh.

Campbell said the car was garage kept for most of the time it was owned by his uncle until 1969 when he inherited the prized automobile.

“I used it when I was married, and on special occasions,” Campbell said of the car’s modern-day use.

Without power steering, he said it’s a bear to drive, but he was happy to take Miss New Jersey Jennifer Farrell for a victory lap around town.

Campbell’s classic is among the many that are expected to be on display in the Auto Zone parking lot of Ventnor Shopping Plaza.

The Ventnor Margate Lions Club collects eye glasses and distributes books on CDs to the visually impaired and has also raised funds for cornea transplants. The group meets the first and third Monday of each month at Fedeli’s Restaurant, 9403 Ventnor Ave., Margate.

Lions roar into action after theft of a bicycle

Rory StantonBridlington Cycles on Hilderthorpe road Rory Stanton got a shock when he went to pick up the bike he thought he had bought. Because Bridlington Lions and North wold Lions had bought him a new bike to do his charity ride on John Bayne, Rory Stanton, Dave Kiddy, John Elsey PA1140-16.

WHEN local Lions club members heard about the callous theft of a bicycle used for charity fund raising they decided to step in.

Keen cyclist Rory Santon, 52, of Marshall Avenue, Bridlington, who has learning difficulties, has raised around £5,000 for the Riding for the Disabled Association at Priory View through sponsored bike rides over the past 11 years or so.

Sadly, his bike, worth around £600 was stolen during September and has not been found.

His plight led to Bridlington Lions Club and the North Wolds Lions Club getting together to see if they could help.

John Elsey, president of North Wolds Lions, said: “When we heard about what happened to someone who has learning difficulties and is doing his best to try and help others in the same situation it is terrible, so we got together with Bridlington Lions to see if we could replace his bike. We agreed it was a good cause and split the cost between us.”

The Lions clubs, who often work together on projects, are not saying how much the bike has cost, but were full of praise for Dave Kiddy of The Bike Shop in Hilderthorpe Road, who provided it.

“Dave gave us a very good price,” said Mr Elsey.

As for Rory himself he is over the moon at the surprise gift.

“I was absolutely overwhelmed when I received it, speechless. I had hoped to be able to get another bike because I want to carry on my fund raising. It is a brilliant bike, I am well pleased with it,” he said.

The Lions’ help has come in time for Rory to complete his next sponsored ride for the Riding for the Disabled Association which will be to cycle the 50 miles from Bridlington to Etton and back on October 29.

Joan Pierson, secretary of the RDA, said: “Rory is wonderful, we are so grateful for everything he does year in year out. He usually makes around £500 a year for us.”

Area Lions clubs help screen vision in kids


Area Lions clubs help screen vision in preschoolersWATERLOO – John Blitsch understands the benefits of an early eye exam. As a youth, early detection of an eye tumor may have saved his life.

Now the Cedar Valley Lions Club member gives back by helping facilitate the Iowa Lions Kidsight Program, a joint project of the Lions Clubs of Iowa and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Ophthalmology.

The program is dedicated to the early detection and treatment of vision impairments in Iowa’s young children through eye screening and public education.

“The Kidsight Program is geared to detecting vision problems before a child enters kindergarten and before parents may even realize that their child may have a vision problem,” Blitsch said. “Uncorrected vision problems can be a huge disadvantage for a child when entering elementary school.”

Lions clubs in many Iowa communities are presently gearing up for Kidsight screening events this fall in their areas across the state.

Locally, the Cedar Valley Evening Lions, the Cedar Falls Noon Lions, and the Hudson Lions clubs have joined efforts to screen young children in preschools throughout the Cedar Valley and nearby towns. These Lions clubs work with AEA 267 personnel at screening events.

The instant eye screening process is done by using a black and white Polaroid camera designed for this purpose.

Due to the discontinuation of Polaroid cameras and the difficulty in getting them repaired, an initiative to purchase new cameras is in place.

“In order for this preschool eye screening project to continue, we need to switch to digital photography,” said Paul Smith, active Lions Club member.

The group recently received a $10,000 grant from the McElroy Trust to cover one new camera.

“Our goal is to raise $40,000, and we are about halfway there. We should have our new camera by Jan. 1 and hope that our old ones hold up until then,” Smith said.

The Lions Club members are trained to use the camera equipment properly, take the pictures and complete the required forms. Lions Club members do not diagnose eye problems.

The screening process can detect conditions like misaligned eyes, astigmatism, nearsightedness and farsightedness.

“Kidsight is a valuable community project for prevention,” said Barry Haskins, Cedar Valley Lions Club member. “It’s nice to do something preventative in nature for children. It pays big benefits in the long run.”

“I believe that the Kidsight Program is one of the more valuable public service projects that I’ve ever been aware of,” said Dick Brammer, Cedar Falls Lions Noon Club.

“The Kidsight Program is the most successful, most rewarding and most effective program that the Lions Club has ever had,” said Gary Chambers, a member of the Cedar Falls Lions Noon Club. “When you can catch 60 to 70 children that have eye problems parents don’t know about, that’s rewarding.”

“If you can get eyeglasses on a child that needs them, it opens up a whole new world for them,” said Earl Strong, a longtime Lions Club member.


Lions in Australia Help Chart a New Course for Troubled Young People


Many of our members work on projects to meet the specific needs of youth – whether they’re at risk for vision loss or don’t have enough to eat. In Australia, Lions support a program that helps troubled young people chart a new course for their future.

We sent a film crew to Sydney to find out about a cruise that is unlike any other. The Aboriginal Cultural Cruise provides stunning views of the harbor. A look at aboriginal history and culture. And a journey of transformation and hope for many of the crew, who are part of the Lions’ Tribal Warrior project.

Thanks to a grant from LCIF, Tribal Warrior gives life changing opportunities to “at risk” youth. Rob Roberts, a member of the Redfern Waterloo Lions Club, told our video crew, “Tribal Warrior provides maritime training to a lot of disadvantaged Australians, with the emphasis on indigenous youth. Our kids are our future.  And we’ve got to look after them and nurture them.”

Blind man helps promote use of guide dogs across the country

By: Ray Reed

Life changed abruptly for Bill Hadden 38 years ago, when a stroke took away his vision.

Until then, he had a successful career in the insurance business.

Since then, the Lynchburg resident has traveled over much of North America as a Lions Club ambassador who promotes the use of guide dogs for people who are blind.

“I didn’t deal with it very well early on,” Hadden said, because he was suddenly unemployed and had three children to educate. “It was kind of a devastating situation,” said Hadden, who was 46 at the time.

But now, at 84, Hadden hands out his business cards in pairs, held together with a clothespin inscribed with “make a difference.”

He travels about 80,000 miles a year, telling prospective users of guide dogs what it takes to rely on the dogs and work with them.

He’s also working to set up a local vision and hearing event the Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club is sponsoring, with a mobile sight and hearing unit that will visit Brookville Middle School and Sam’s Club on Oct. 25.

The next day, the mobile unit will set up at a health fair at the Templeton Senior Center at 225 Wiggington Road.

The club is hoping to screen about 300 children at the school for possible vision and hearing problems, Hadden said.

“We’re very excited about it,” he said.

When Hadden travels across the continent, he flies alone except for his current guide dog, a yellow Labrador named Godiva.

Hadden and his wife, Jackie – he calls her Saint Jackie – live in the Graves Mill Road neighborhood.

He credits the Brookville-Timberlake Lions Club with helping him find a door to his future, first by helping him to get his own guide dog and then setting him on to a new career as an advisor for Guiding Eyes, a dog school in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

“I was sponsored by the club to receive a dog,” Hadden said.

Even with the club’s backing, getting his first dog was no easy task.  An evaluator told him he wasn’t a good candidate for learning to work with a dog, but Hadden persevered and received his first dog, named Syracuse, in 1974. He’s had five more dogs since then.

“I’ve had one wife and six dogs,” Hadden quips. “God has been good to us.”

He needed almost two years to come to grips with losing his vision.

“I was wallowing around in self-pity,” he said, but eventually decided “I had better deal with it.”

He went to a rehabilitation program where he met people who had been blind since birth, who had never known the freedom of driving a car, and had never seen the blue of a robin’s egg.

He decided he could do something despite his own situation.

He has since been chairman of every committee in the local Lion’s club, and received the Lions Club International’s highest award, the ambassador of good will, in at a gathering of 2,000 Lions Club members 1992.

“I had no clue I was being considered for that,” Hadden said. “I had come there to talk about the dog school.”

“It was certainly overwhelming.”