The Hoosier Lion, the Indiana Lions State Newspaper, wrote about the growth of dictionary projects among Lions Clubs in Indiana in its October edition.
Governor Mike Smith wrote:
Several Clubs have picked up a new service project.
One new project is that which DG Paul Russell has challenged all of District G to participate in: giving all third graders a new dictionary. I can’t think of a better way to serve our youth, gain relevance in our community, and increase public awareness of Lions in our respective areas. Thank you to the Clubs that have adopted this project. I encourage all clubs to research the possibility of taking this challenge. Go to www.dictionaryproject.org or contact Lion Robin Smith for more information.
District 25-G reported:
Our district initiative to provide dictionaries to third graders is moving forward. Last year, approximately a dozen Lions Clubs in District 25-G participated in the Dictionary Project. So far this year, nearly 30 Lions Clubs have reported that they have joined this effort to improve childhood literacy. A few of our Lions Clubs serve communities in cross-country and cross-district school corporations, and they are spreading the word to their neighbors across the border. The Culver Lions Club enlisted the participation of the Monterey Lions Club in District 25-A, and the Pierceton Lions Club enlisted the participation of the South Whitley Lions Club in District 25-B.
In addition, the organizers of the Indiana Lions Mid Winter Conference invited Howard Heines of the Lakeville Lions Club to give a presentation on the Dictionary Project to members attending a workshop on service projects.