The Ahwautkee Lions Club is hosting a community open house to showcase this year's Lions International Peace Poster Contest entries on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Grace Inn.

Every year different Lions Clubs from around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, which encourages kids ages 11 to 13 in local schools to express their idea of peace through an artistic measure. This year's theme is "Vision of Peace," and participants can use a variety of mediums, including pencil, paint, charcoal, crayons, etc., to express how they view the theme.

This year, students from Kyrene Altadena Middle School, Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, Saint John Bosco Interparish School, Horizon Community Learning Center and Summit School of Ahwatukee will be participating in the contest. Some schools are working on the posters as a class project, while others are working on them individually, according to Pam Hahn, secretary for the Ahwatukee Lions Club.

Hahn said this is the Ahwatukee Lions Club's first time hosting the event.

"It should be very, very interesting," she said.

According to Hahn, guidelines for the posters are very strict. Some of the rules for making the poster include: use of letters and numbers are not allowed, artwork must be no smaller than 13 inches by 20 inches, and no larger than 20 inches by 24 inches, no three-dimensional posters, etc.

Jodi Erwin, chairwoman for the Peace Poster Project at the Ahwatukee Lions Club, said that they are expecting between 100 and 150 entries.

She said she thinks the project is neat because of how many people are involved worldwide, roughly 350,000 students/youth.

"When you think about the scope of it, it is really cool," Erwin said.

Hahn said the Ahwatukee Foothills open house event at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St., will begin at 7 p.m. and go until 8 p.m., with awards being handed out around 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Three local Ahwatukee Foothills artists: Dale Kesel, Suzanne Whitaker and Lyle Moultrie, will be judging the posters and picking the winners of the contest.

Five awards will be given out that night, one to a student from each school, and they will each receive a $50 check from the Ahwatukee Lions Club. Every student that participates will also receive a participation certificate.

The five students chosen as winners will have their poster sent off to compete at the district level, with a possibility of having their poster compete at the international level.

Each year 23 International Merit Award winners and one grand prize winner are selected from the more than 350,000 participants worldwide. Merit award winners will each receive $500, or the local equivalent, and the grand prize winner will receive $5,000, or local equivalent, as well as an all-expenses paid trip for them and their parents to attend the award ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations in New York City.

Hahn said that with all the students participating, and their parents that will be bringing them, they could have a large turnout.

To learn more about the Lions International Peace Poster Contest, visit the Lions Club International website at To find out more about the Ahwatukee Lions Club, visit

Chelsea Brown is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.

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