Tribal Shawl

Topeka Sunflower Lion Daniel Martinez presents International President Yngvadottir with a Native American shawl featuring his tribal seal at the USA/Canada Forum in Ohio. Martinez belongs to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and lives on the Potawatomi reservation near Topeka, Kansas. It is a high honor for a woman to receive a shawl from their […]

Bryan Adams Thanks Lions

Musician Bryan Adams publicly thanked the Lions club in Ottawa, Canada, for bringing his family Christmas dinner when he was a child in the ‘70s. His name is added to the list of celebrities— including Stevie Wonder—impacted as children by the many kindnesses of Lions.

Following the Melody

Lions Clubs International rocked during the 2019 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. International President Yngvadottir and her husband were joined on the float by the husband and daughters of late International Director Karla Harris, who was featured in the video that inspired this year’s float theme, “Rockin’ The Vest”. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary […]

100th Birthday Party Turns into Wedding

Lions Judy Goldman (New York Ann Sullivan-White Plains Lions Club, in Eastchester, New York) and Mannie Corman (Brooklyn Bridge Lions Club in Brooklyn, New York) surprised more than 160 members of their friends and family on Labor Day, 2018, when they turned a centennial birthday celebration into a wedding ceremony. The two, who have a […]

Helen Keller is back in the Texas school curriculum

Past International President Jimmy Ross (2006-2007) and dozens of Lions in Texas put pen to paper protesting a proposed change to the Texas school curriculum that would eliminate Helen Keller from lesson plans. The preliminary decision by the Texas State Board of Education in September caused a stir among the public, and Lions spoke up […]

Trailblazer Gives Big Gift to Posterity

Lion Ruth Molenaar, vice district governor 16-N, recently received the Cultural Preservation Award from the Newark Public Library for her donation of archival material, articles, and photos from La Tribuna, the largest and oldest Spanish language newspaper published in New Jersey. La Tribuna was founded in 1962 in Newark, N.J. by Carlos Bidot, a Cuban […]

Guide Dogs Lead Marathon Runner Across Finish Line

Runner Thomas Panek made history on March 17, 2019 after becoming the first blind person to run in the United Airlines New York City Half Marathon without a human guide. Panek, the president and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind, ran with three Labrador retrievers that took turns in guiding him as he completed […]

LION Magazine Reducing Print Issues

In April, the International Board of Directors voted to require all official editions of LION Magazine to print at least two issues per year beginning in July 2020, which means that LION magazines around the world will soon be printing fewer issues. We will print four issues of this edition during the 2019-2020 Lion year, […]

How One Essay Inspired Texas Club to Quintuple Scholarship Funds

The original idea was that the Zapata Lions Club in Zapata, Texas, would fund three college scholarships worth US$1,000 each to the winners of an essay contest for area Leos. Then they read the essays. The Zapata Lions were so moved by Valedictorian Gerardo Gonzalez’s essay about life as an immigrant and DACA student—fleeing violence […]

Calling All Lioness Clubs

The Lioness Bridge Program, established to help encourage Lioness clubs to join the Lions family, will be ending on June 30, 2021. Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2021, clubs that decide to convert can have any number of members, and charter fees will be waived. In addition, all Lionesses who join in this […]

Golden ticket winner prompts conversation about disabilities

On May 28, Kodi Lee, 22, received a golden ticket on the season premiere of “America’s Got Talent.” The ticket is a fast-track to the show’s live-audition rounds. Lee won the judges and audience over with his rendition of “A Song For You,” by Donny Hathaway. The clip of his audition went viral, attracting more […]

Activist Honored for Work with Survivors of Wartime Sexual Violence

In July, human rights activist and Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege was the recipient of the highest honor Lions Clubs International bestows. The gynecologist who fights on behalf of survivors of wartime sexual violence was honored at the 102nd international convention in Milan with the Humanitarian Award. He dedicated the award to the victims […]

LEGO Braille Bricks Put Inclusive Play at Your Fingertips

Now parents of blind and visually impaired children will also need to watch their step: a new kind of LEGO brick is set for release in 2020. The Lego Group, the Danish toy company that makes the popular building block, has repurposed their hallmark knobs into braille dots. “With thousands of audiobooks and computer programs […]

All-Woman Climbing Expedition Raises Funds for School

On August 6, 2019, seven women Lions from a ten-woman team reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. They have so far raised US$42,000 so far for their efforts, and all donations will go directly to fund a school for children in Kenya. The Kilimanjaro for Children project (“Kili for Kids”) was inspired by […]

A Fresh Face to Lead Arizona Lions

Isabel Ticlo, who was crowned Miss Arizona in 2018, has added a new title to her name: President. She has taken over the reins of the Chandler Lions Club in Chandler, Arizona. The long-time Lion has been volunteering with the club since she was a Leo in high school. “It was like hanging out with […]

50th Anniversary of Earth Day

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Established in 1970, the first Earth Day mobilized 20 million Americans and is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. It is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event and has led to many landmark environmental laws. In 2016, the United Nations chose Earth […]

PID Alexander Steps into 1st VP Role

The International Board of Directors appointed Past International Director Douglas X. Alexander to the office of International First Vice President to fulfill the responsibilities of the office due to the passing of Vice President Judge Haynes H. Townsend in December. Vice President Alexander served as international director from 2010 to 2012, and he is a […]

Mural Increases Visibility of Lions

A new mural on the side of the Jefferson Township Lions’ clubhouse and banquet hall in Mount Cobb, Pennsylvania, has been drawing traffic. The vibrant mural depicts a lion’s head with a full, brightly- colored mane showcasing the many local services, landmarks, and volunteer projects that make their community great. Gabrielle Edwards, a high school […]

Welcome to the New Digital LION

Over the past year the LION magazine publishing model has undergone some changes. We have transitioned from publishing six print issues and five digital-only issues to a rolling publishing model that enables us to publish stories regularly. We will still send you two print issues per year, so you can get your fill of all […]

We Stand Together

Lions Clubs International joined Kiwanis International, Optimist International, and Rotary International to issue a joint statement to deliver hope and comfort during the 2020 global health crisis.

Christmas Tree Sales Surge

One bit of good news ended our pandemic year. Sales of live Christmas trees on Lion lots were brisk as families looked for safe outdoor holiday activities and ways to keep spirits up. For the Lions clubs with tree lots, more sales means more money for community projects in 2021. According to the Michigan Christmas […]

Annual Leo Video Contest Showcases Young Talent

The Binan Leo Club in the Philippines is this year’s top winner of the annual Leo Video Contest. It is the 6th year of the annual contest, which celebrates the many varieties of Leos and their service projects since the inception of the Leo Club Program 63 years ago. This year Leos were asked to […]

Peace Prevails

In a year of pain and heartbreak for many, the annual Lions Clubs Peace Poster Contest proves that peace does find a way. Despite global lockdowns, clubs organized and children created elaborate drawings, many featuring healthcare workers, to share their idea of peace with the world. The 2020-2021 grand prize winner is Yue Zheng, 13 […]

Pioneering Geneticist Named Honorary Lion

As part of their annual Tribute Day, Arthur Riggs, Ph.D was invited by the Lions Club of Montebello to be an honorary member for his extraordinary contribution and incredible advancements in the fight against diabetes. In 1978 Riggs co-led the team that laid the groundwork for the development of the first synthetic human insulin with […]

LDUN Prompts Lion Sing-Along

Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN) has been an important Lion tradition for 43 years, taking the opportunity to showcase Lions’ commitment to peace and service that transcends politics and borders. This year was no different, even if it was just a little different. More than 5,600 Lions and leaders from 140 countries registered […]