LION KAREN BURNS

Lions are celebrating our 100th Anniversary. As we do this we look back at our 100 years of service in our state. We will be celebrating our Multiple District Convention the last weekend in April — “A Centennial of Miracles.”

In 1940 Lions come to Alaska as specifically a men’s organization. It was not until 1987 that women could be full members. Here is a short list of what Lions have done:

• Purchased the first ambulance, then drove it up the ALCAN - know as Little Red.

• Spent $1 million to relocate Port Lions after the 1964 earthquake

I have recently returned from Fukuoka, Japan, where I was inducted as the Centennial District Governor for 49A. It was an amazing experience where 30,000+ Lions met for training and fellowship.

I spent almost one week in training and one week in inspirational speeches by our International President Bob Corlew and many others. His theme is “New Mountains to Climb.” Mine is “Time to Inspire — Lets Climb.”

For nearly 100 years, Lions have served their communities with dedication and contributed to the development and well-being of millions of people around the world.

The Sleeping Lady Mt. Lions Club will be holding our annual Valentine’s Dinner and Auction on Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. We would like to extend an invitation to the community to attend our fundraiser and support our efforts to provide local high school graduates with scholarships.

We have wonderful donations for our silent and live auction, a dessert auction and a ton of other great items!

A few days ago it was Christmas morning. For many people, excitement and smells of a holiday feast filled the air. Gifts were nestled under the tree wrapped in brightly colored paper and bows.

Children were wide-eyed in awe of what was inside the box that had their name on it. Dazzling lights and sounds of jingle bells provided a backdrop to this much anticipated moment. It was a time for family and friends to come together, exchange gifts, feast, and for many to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In over 200+ countries and 1.4 million strong we serve in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting.

Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.

As the frosty crisp air has begun to tingle our noses, the children rush through the park filled with anticipation for a bright Christmas. The bright lights that encircle the large pine tree in Town Square are turned on indicating it is the time to be joyous in the Winter Wonderland of Chugiak-Eagle River.

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. In over 200 countries and 1.4 million strong we serve in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting.

Because we’re local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we’re global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.

In their quest to keep busy in the community by serving, the Bear Mountain Leos have decided on a monthly project of providing monthly meals to those at the Fisher House. 

The first meal was wild rice/chicken soup with salad. The second entailed various breakfast items. The Bear Mountain Leos are the youth of lionism from ages from 13-18. They meet each week at the Boys and Girls Clubs and plan their community activities.

Do you know what the strongest muscle in your body is? You might guess the heart or the leg muscles, right? Well, the answer is very convoluted, as there are several muscle groups in our body. The extraocular muscles of the eye may be small. But their ability to carry out repeated motions is worth noting. I’ve heard it said these muscles are “100 times stronger than they need to be.” They are also referred to as the “busiest” muscles. For example, while reading a book, these eye muscles make over 10,000 coordinated movements.