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The Illinois Lion, Lioness, Leo MD1 e-Magazine (Lite) Vol. 4 - Issue 11, April 2017

LION FOR 65 YEARS! Fox River Zone Chair Lion Jim Worden (r) presents Crystal Lake Lion Herman Paeco with a 65-Year Chevron. Lion Harmon taught in District 155 for many years, if fact, he taught several current Crystal Lake Lions Club members. He held many offices in the club, including President during the 1978-79 Lion Year.


From MD1 Council Chair: Lions of Illinois, SPRING has sprung and it is the Season of Travelling, Sharing and Fellowship!!! It is the Season of Conventions!! YES, each year at this time we are asked to go outside the comfort zone of our Clubs and visit our District and even State Conventions. We all have the opportunity to share what WE have been doing in our own clubs and SEE what others are doing in theirs. In this way we get to experience the world around us!! And the world comes to US through these conventions. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrowmindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” Mark Twain Innocents Abroad Pub.1869 Short travel for us Lions attending the conventions that allows us access to us to very valuable information that helps us improve how we serve our own communities and the world. And remember, we do Serve the World. “Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them.” Virginia Woolfe “The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys, help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless.” Ezra Taft Benson Fellowship……Sharing…….we Lions can do a lot at a convention!!! And with a State full of dedicated Lions, we have a GREAT TEAM who will “Do the Right Thing” as we “Climb Every Mountain”!!!!! Thank you for your time! Thank you for your Service! Thank you for being an Illinois Lion!!!! And remember “1917-It All Started Here”, in Illinois. AND I hope my wife and I get to see you at the next convention, be it District, State, or our WORLD Convention in Chicago!!! Sharing, Fellowship, and of course SERVICE……Yes, we all do have a LOT to rejoice in LIONS!!!!! Best Regards, Lion Mark Williams Lions of Illinois “With You in Service” md1lionsmark@gmail.com

Editorial: Lions Celebrate World Over!

It is District Convention time around the world where Lions serve their communities. MD1 Yes, at these conventions we meet people who ARE districts also many of them completed their masterful at subjects that can be of great benefit to conventions and elected their next year’s district us and our clubs. BUT, conversely, you, yes, leaders. By the month of April all districts will YOU…..are a master and can share with others complete their conventions and just concentrate what you know and have found to be of benefit to on Lions Centennial Convention which will be in your club. Yes, we can share our knowledge too!!!! Chicago this summer. Only three more months left 2 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


for this Lions World Centennial Convention and after first week of July this Centennial Convention will be nothing but history. Host committee is working hard in gathering volunteers, making arrangements to welcome world lions to Chicago to celebrate the Greatest Lions Convention we ever had since 100 years.

Our Keynote Speaker for this memorable convention is none other than US Vice President Al Gore. We also heard that PDG and Past President of the US Jimmy Carter will also be in attendance. You can grasp all the information you needed on Lions Centennial Convention on the web. Visit: LCICon.org

With several changes in the convention, there will be two nights of entertainment – one night by Chicago Band and another night by Beach Boys.

-Dr. Austin D’Souza, PDG Your Magazine Editor ILStateEditor@gmail.com

Another good news to MD1 Lions is – our forthcoming MD1 State of Illinois Convention. Our International Guest will be none other than LCI Second Vice President Gudrun Yngvadottir. She will be the First Woman President ever elected to the office of LCI presidency who hails from Iceland. Glance through the pages and register for State Convention now. Convention Chair Sharon Peska arranging a memorable convention to MD1 Lions, Lionesses and Leos. We stil need more volunteers to help lions who come from all over the world to Chicago. If you haven’t send your volunteer form, now is the time to send this form duly filled to PDG Steve Anton. Form is http://www.lions2017chicago.org/volunteers/ and register to volunteer. Let us join our hands and welcome world lions to Chicago.

INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Dear Lion, Lions have changed lives at home and around the world for a century. We matter because every act of kindness makes a difference in someone's life. And Lions matter now more than ever because the needs of the world are growing. We are introducing a new global service framework to help Lions meet the emerging needs of our second century of service. The service framework will help us achieve our LCI Forward goal of serving 200 million people per year by 2021—tripling our impact—so we can help more people than ever before. It's an honor to introduce our new global service framework to you and your club: The new service framework includes vision, hunger, the environment, pediatric cancer and diabetes. Lions will continue to support young people by engaging youth as volunteers and service leaders in the five areas of service.

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We will announce diabetes as a new global service focusat our 2017 Centennial convention in Chicago, and we'll be asking Lions and Leos to rally around this global health emergency that results in 5 million deaths a year. Lions and Leos will continue to serve local community needs just as they always have. Lions Clubs International Foundation will support the service framework by aligning the work of our charitable arm with the efforts of Lions to create large-scale, lasting change where it's needed most. The global service framework gives Lions new ways to serve and unite other caring people in service. We will continue to share updates about the service framework and diabetes with you and your club.

Don't Miss Out on the Centennial Service Challenge Looking for a great way to support the service framework right now? Join the Centennial Service Challenge, which rewards Lions for hosting vision, hunger, youth and environmental projects. Plan your project and invite your community to join in the fun, then report your service through MyLCI to earn limited-edition Centennial recognition. Visit the Centennial Service Challenge for more information and start planning your project today!

Together, we can meet the challenges of our next century of service. And just like the first 100 years, the world is depending on us.

Chancellor Bob Corlew Your International President

Get to Know the Service Framework There's so much to be excited about in our new service framework. Check out the service framework webpage to learn more about each of our signature causes and how you can get involved, meet real people impacted by Lions service and watch an inspiring video that brings the service framework to life. We've also developed service framework talking points that will help you introduce the framework to your club. The future of service is happening now!

Charter Your New Clubs Online The key to earning your District Governor Membership Award—and achieving positive membership growth in your district—is to charter new clubs. And the fastest, most efficient way to charter clubs is online. You'll save time and effort when you use the new online chartering system onMyLCI. Make a difference and start growing your district by chartering a club today!

Important Reminders  Chartering at least one club is the key to

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Planet April 17-23 by planning a project to protect the environment in their community.  The Centennial Commemorative Coin is on sale now! Buy your own and show it on club visits to encourage Lions to own their piece of Lions history.

Purchase your Centennial Coin for US$52.95. $10 from each coin is authorized to be paid to Lions Clubs International Foundation to improve the lives of even more people in need. Visit the Centennial Coin webpage for information and order your coin today!

What is Your Club's Favorite Way to Celebrate?

As Lions Clubs International moves into our next hundred years, the International Board of Directors has encouraged clubs and members to take time to celebrate our successes and accomplishments. They have also realized that to move into the next 100 years, Lions around the world need to share a vision. This vision was developed by focus groups and surveys from Lions. This plan is called LCI Forward. Details of this plan are on the LCI website www.lionclubs.org

Looking for a great way to celebrate? Visit the Ways to Celebrate webpage. With dozens of ideas to choose from, there's a Way to Celebrate that's perfect for your club. Start planning your club celebration today!

Own a Piece of Lions History

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CORNER: Jama Wahl

For club officers to be prepared to lead our clubs and members into the next 100 years, they need to be aware of this vision and how the club goals can be connected to the vision. This plan focuses on an audacious goal of serving 200 million people by 2020-21. New club officers will have an opportunity to learn of this vision and goals at the Club Officer Training. Every District has Officer Training and every club should be sending participants to this training. If you are repeating as an officer, please attend as well, there is always something new to learn!

Celebrate 100 years of humanitarian service by purchasing a Lions Clubs Centennial Commemorative Coin. This exquisitely crafted, limited-edition, silver dollar coin is produced by the United States Mint and features our founder Melvin Jones.

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Now is the time -to vote on your new slate of officers for 2017-18. -to complete the PU101 form and note your new leaders on MyLCI. -to plan to attend the upcoming Officer Training for your district.

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-to go to the LCI website to check out the resources available for Club Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, and Membership Chairs. - to ask your District GLT Coordinator about the details of the training. -Jama Wahl, MD1 GLT Coordinator jamawahl@yahoo.com

Amblyopia -By Lion Gary Franklin San Juan Island Lions Club, Washington

----------------------------------------------------------------Amblyopia is the leading cause of visual disability in children worldwide with an incidence estimated to be between 1% and 4%. Amblyopic individuals

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lack normal stereopsis (depth perception). Moreover, they are essentially monocular. Disease or injury to the unaffected eye can leave them blind. Effective treatment is available, but the efficacy of the treatment depends on early detection. Tragically, it is not detected early in many children as the children may be pre-verbal. Moreover, they have no normal visual baseline to which they can compare their current defective vision. As such it represents a major health issue that begs to be addressed. Amblyopia arises in two ways. If the retinal image in an eye is constantly blurred, the brain never “learns� to appreciate a sharp image. This can arise due to abnormalities such as irregular refractive

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errors, extreme refractive errors or media opacities, like cataracts. Alternatively, if the brain receives disparate images from the eyes it will “chose” one eye image and “turn-off” or fail to develop the normal neural pathways to appreciate the image from the fellow eye. This can occur when the eyes are misaligned (strabismus) or when the refractive errors for the two eyes are different. Therapy for amblyopia consists of correcting any abnormalities preventing a sharp image on the retina of the amblyopic eye then forcing the brain to use the amblyopic eye by patching or blurring the fellow eye. The effectiveness of therapy is inversely related to age; the earlier therapy is

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instituted the greater the effect. Beyond a certain age, no therapy is effective. Ideally, those factors that may contribute to amblyopia should be identified within the first year of life and therapy instituted. In third world countries, the resources are rarely available to accomplish this. Even in developed countries amblyogenic factors are often undetected. In the absence of obvious strabismus there are no outward signs of these abnormalities. The Bruckner test was described in 1962. When a light is directed into the eye it is reflected from the back surface of the eye as a reddish glow in the pupil. This is called the “red reflex” and is the red eye of photographs. If the eyes are misaligned, the

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red reflex will be more intense in one eye than the other. Moreover, if the eyes have different refractive errors or if cataract is present, the intensity of the red reflex will be different between the two eyes. Thus by observing the red reflexes and comparing them between two eyes factors which might result in amblyopia can be detected with good accuracy. Devices have been developed that rely on computer analysis of photographic images of these reflections to detect and quantify strabismus and refractive errors. However, these devices are, in general, large and expensive. As a result, they are not widely available, and are not available to the general public. Smart phones, such as the Iphone, have the hardware necessary to obtain photographs using a point light source (flash) that show the necessary reflections for the the Bruckner test. We propose to write software that will perform the analysis of these reflections to permit detection of amblyogenic factors as an “app.” We propose to distribute this app at little or no cost, making it available to parents and others so that they can screen children for amblyogenic factors, and can then seek further evaluation if amblyopia is likely.

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We further intend to use the geo-locating features of the Smart Phone to identify eye care professionals in the geographic location of the child to facilitate referral. An additional feature of the app will be to remind the parent to re-examine the child at regular intervals as problems can arise as a child grows. Effective referral is dependent on the ability of the software to discriminate “normal” from “abnormal.” Studies have shown a sensitivity of commercial devices to be in excess of 80%. However, the threshold is likely to be specific to the type of instrument used. Therefore, it will be necessary for us to generate a database of examinations in subjects either normal or with known amblyogenic factors. This will allow us to establish meaningful cut off points for separating normal and abnormal and allow accurate referral for full examination*

BELOW: 2017 PEACE POSTER WINNER!

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MD1 GMT Coordinator PDG Ralph Zarada: Lion VDG/DGE Governors GMT Goals and confirmation are due As part of your training over the last year you should have been developing your goals and action plans with the GLT, GMT and leadership teams so you could establish your goals for your upcoming year. This process should have been started back in November 2016. There are timelines and milestones that should have been followed and met so that your goals in your year are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time based. As part of this process you should have established your district goals and action plans for district membership and leadership development by completing the DGE Independent Assignments. You should have attended the DGE Multiple District Training & GMT/GLT Area Training. But most importantly you should have been collaborating with the current DG team and respective GMT/GLT MD coordinators. Once goals and action plans are final, First VDGs/DGEs need to submit their district’s goals and action plans to LCI using the 2017-2018 District Goals web page which is available right now After submitting the district’s goals and action plans online, you will need to contact the current GMT multiple district coordinator, GM district coordinators and second vice district governor and inform them that the district’s goals and action plans are online. Request that they access the 2017-2018 District Goals webpage and indicate their confirmation with the district’s submitted goals and action plans.

district governor, the respective GMT/GLT coordinators and MD coordinators using the 20172018 District Goals web page. -IPDG Ralph Zarada MD1 Membership Chairperson

Club Centennial Challege Reports: 143,525,985 PEOPLE SERVED 33,838 CLUBS REPORTING CENTENNIAL SERVICE CHALLENGE Lead through Service 388,186 CENTENNIAL MEMBERS 3,349 CENTENNIAL CLUBS

CENTENNIAL MEMBERSHIP AWARDS Invite for Impact LEGACY PROJECTS 5,972 CLUBS REPORTING

Send your club service reports and be part of Centennial Service Challenge

You as the incoming district governor should monitor the status of the confirmation process using the 2017-2018 District Goals web page and follow up as needed. Confirmations are due April 30, 2017. The 1st VDG/DGE should request electronic confirmations from the second vice 9 BE A PART OF CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION


Three Amendments to be Voted on at State Convention -PID Bud Constitution Chair

Wahl, MD-1 and By-Laws

There will be three proposed amendments to vote on during this year’s State Convention. Both, the MD-1 Council of Governors and the MD-1 C&BL Committee have recommended adoption of all three proposed amendments. I will explain briefly each proposed amendment. Proposed Amendment #1 – Supremacy Clause There has been some confusion in recent years as to which document to follow whenever there is a conflict or contradiction between the MD-1 Constitution and By-Laws and the MD-1 Policy Manual. LCI has adopted a Supremacy Clause to outline the hierarchy of its documents and recommends that we cover this issue in ours. This amendment clearly states the LCI Constitution and By-Laws would govern, followed by the MD-1 Constitution and By-Laws, then the MD-1 Policy Manual.

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Proposed Amendment #2 – Special Meeting Notification We have a provision in our Constitution and ByLaws that outlines the procedure to follow when calling for a Special Meeting of the Council of Governors. However, the procedure is not clear as to the time frame to follow when calling the meeting and giving notice of the meeting. This amendment clarifies the time frame and proper notice of the Special Meeting. Proposed Amendment #3 – Teleconference Meetings On occasion, State Committees, the Council of Governors, and/or the Executive Committee, have at one time or another, conducted business through a conference call or teleconference call. We even had a provision in our MD-1 Policy Manual that outlined the procedure. However, according to Roberts Rules of Order, newly revised, in order to conduct any such teleconference call business, our Constitution and By-Laws must provide a provision to do so. At this time, our Constitution and By-Laws does not. So, the Council of Governors was told to delete the provision in the Policy Manual regarding these types of meetings, until such time our Constitution and By-Laws allows for it. This amendment would give these groups the authorization to conduct business during a Teleconference call. In addition, there have been guidelines prepared to follow for conducting such a meeting, by the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. This amendment would allow us to “legally” do what we were already doing in the past. Without this amendment, there can be no business transacted outside a regular meeting. If you have any questions regarding any of these proposed amendments, please feel free to contact your district C&BL representative, or me.

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MD1 State Monthly e-Magazine Edited & Published by Dr. Austin D’Souza, PDG for Lions, Lionesses and Leos of Illinois. e-Mail Address: ILStateEditor@gmail.com Mail your articles, pictures and news items to above e-mail address.

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