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55In1979LionsJimSandineandTomGreenwellofShabbonasawanopportunitytocreateadayofoutdoorfunforindividualswithdisabilitiesatDeKalbCountysrecreationalgemShabbonaLakeStatePark.Theparkhadbeeninneedofawheelchair-accessiblepierandthroughthefundraisingeffortsofseveralareaLionsclubsthepiersoonbecameareality.Tocelebratetheopeningofthepier16clubsjoinedtogethertohosttherst-everFishingDerbyforindividualswithdisabilities.Thatshowatraditionwasborn.TheobjectiveisnottochangetheworldsaysLionEdCarter.Butsometimesjustsometimeswegettomakeadifference.TheLionsseteverythingupbutintheenditsjustabunchofkidsandadultshavingagoodtime.TheyallhavetheirchallengesbutonFishingDerbyDaythosechallengesjustarentanissue.EdamemberoftheSandwichclubandDaveStrykerfromtheWatermanclubhaveparticipatedinall33derbiesandtodaytheylookbackinamazementathowfartheeventhascome.Alotofcamaraderiehasdevelopedbetweentheclubsovertheyears.Weallworktogetherwellandhaveguredoutwhatwearedoing.ItsjustasmuchafundayforusasitisforalloftheparticipantssaysStryker.OvertheyearswevegainedalargerperspectiveaboutwhatitmeanstobeaLionsaysCarter.IcanrememberthersttimeIattendedtheDerby.AbusloadofparticipantsshowedupandIthoughttomyselfWhatdidIgetmyselfintoThesekidsareallmadeofglassandImheretodropone.Thatwasmyattitudeatthetime.ButafterawhileIrealizedtheyretougherthananything.Thisyearthe16clubsgatheredtogetheronceagainonJuly28.Individualswithdisabilitiesandtheirfamiliescaregiversorcampgroupsarrivedat900a.m.forafun-lleddayofshingboatridesapettingzooandmore.Yearafteryeareachclubmakesitsuniquecontributiontotheplanningandexecutionoftheevent.ClubsfromCOMMUNITYAsoneofthelargestvolunteerorganizationsintheworldLionsClubsInternationalseektoserveboththeirlocalcommunitiesandpeoplearoundtheworldwithaparticularemphasisonprovidingservicetotheblindandvisuallyhandicapped.TheclubsidentifyaneedandthendeterminewhattheycandotomeetitandthatsjusthowFishingDerbyDaygotstarted.TheHeartofaLion