This Month is Sharing the Vision – here are some ideas for your clubs:

• Work with local eye care professionals to organize an eye care and safety presentation for school children.
• Arrange sport and recreational activities for persons who are visually impaired such as bowling, fishing or swimming.
• Sponsor a Braille exhibit at your local library to increase awareness of the importance of Braille literacy.
• Organize transportation service to medical and other appointments for persons who are blind or visually impaired.
• Volunteer at a rehabilitation or vocational training center for the blind/visually impaired.
• Organize a vision screening event or eyeglass recycling campaign in your community.

To ensure the success of your project, be sure to set specific goals that you would like to accomplish by the project’s conclusion. Some examples include:

• Organizing a children’s eye safety presentation for children at a local elementary school.
• Providing a bowling event for 100 visually impaired youth in your community.
• Sponsoring a Braille-literacy conference at your local library to complement your club’s Braille exhibit.

So far this school year our vision teams have screened over 18,000 people in schools and various health fairs.    If you do not have vision insurance, Lions will provide assistance for your doctor’s visit and basic eyeglasses.  Our referral rate is about 20%.

“Where there is a need, there is a Lion.”  If you would like to learn more about being a Lion, visit www.lionsclubs.org.  Visit either Eagle River Lions, Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions, or Chugiak Lions on Facebook or on our webpages to find local events. Come to a meeting and visit with us.

Lion Karen Burns, District Governor