I’m planning a special visit to the Buena Park Chapter of the Lions Club on Tuesday, June 5th. Researching the history of Lions Club International, I confidently discovered an extraordinary story. According to their fine website:
Melvin Jones was a Chicago businessman, who devoted his local business group to addressing the betterment of their communities and the world. In 1917, they decided to adopt the name: Association of Lions Clubs.
Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio in 1925, and challenged Lions to become knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness. Since then, they have worked tirelessly to aid the visually impaired. In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that June 1st would be remembered as Helen Keller Day. Lions around the world implement sight-related service projects on Helen Keller Day. Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $346 million targeting its major causes: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories that act on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities. They extend their mission of service every day – in local neighborhoods, in all corners of the globe.
Unique American tales from the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series should resonate well with the local membership of this astounding organization.
Congrats to the History Channel for record ratings from their Hatfields & McCoys miniseries. According to Nielsen Co. figures, it became the all-time entertainment basic cable telecast. The series won its time period when up against other cable programs, including their broadcast repeats.
Hatfields & McCoys is set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 31st. You can own your own copy of this accurate chronicle of the bloody historic feud.
Until next time> “never forget”