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SHAFTSBURY >> When Jordon Gardner entered this year's Lions Peace Poster competition, he perhaps was hoping his poster might win in the Shaftsbury Elementary competition sponsored by the NorShaft Lions. However, Jordon never expected that his poster, which went on to compete at the State level, would win there, too, The poster was selected by Vermont District 45 Lions for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, "Share Peace".

Gardner's poster now goes on to the International competition, where more than 450,000 entries are submitted worldwide in the annual International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International sponsors the program to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

At a recent NorShaft Lions meeting, Jordon and his parents shared his poster with the club. Jordon told the Club he had spent many hours, not only in class time, but skipping recess and staying after school to complete his poster. The poster, depicts not only a world map, but it has an intricate pattern of country flags, demonstrating this young artists creative talents.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world. Local clubs include Arlington, Bennington, Manchester and NorShaft, Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.