President’s Service Blog: Keeping the Peace Poster Contest History Alive, South Carolina
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Lions Olive and Manuel Holland of the Hilton Head Lions Club in South Carolina. In addition to being Lions for almost 40 years, this couple keeps the history of the Peace Poster Contest alive by collecting every winning poster.
Their collection started at our international convention in Birmingham, England, where we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Peace Poster Contest. They purchased the first 10 posters, eight of which were signed by the original artists. Since then, even if they were not able to attend the convention, friends ensured the Hollands received a signed copy of that year’s winning poster. “I think we need to give youngsters every opportunity we can to express their deep thoughts and it can’t be any deeper than thoughts about peace,” Olive told me.
When the posters aren’t on display at the Hollands’ office, they lend them to art galleries, libraries, schools and local conventions. “Peace is fundamental to Lions. This is one way of expressing it,” Manuel said.