In 1942, a group of Lions Club members from Memphis, with the cooperation of local ophthalmologists and hospitals, formed an organization whose sole purpose was to provide help to needy people in mid-America who had sight deficiencies. This group was known as the Mid-South Sight Conservation Association. (www.midsouthlions.org). The mission of the organization is to positively enhance the lives of the indigent sight or hearing impaired by providing light, sound and hope by opening avenues to costly medical care and assistance. The main service areas have expanded to include Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, with the main clinic site (the Hamilton Eye Institute) in Memphis and the hearing clinic, located there at Methodist Hospital. Since 1942, the organization has not accepted government funding but relies instead on support and donations from Lions Clubs, individuals, businesses, foundations and corporations, with donated time and services from doctors, medical professionals and facilities, such as the ones in Rogers, Hot Springs and Mountain Home, Arkansas. To this day the organization provides all of its services, at no charge, to the patient. Participating Lions Clubs provide transportation and eyeglasses. The groups motto of “A Miracle A Day” is evidenced by the miracle stories and patient thank yous found on their web site, listed above.
Please join us at the Lions Den on Dave Creek Parkway on Tuesday or Saturday mornings from 7:30 – 10 a.m. for our All-U-Can Eat pancake or biscuit and gravy breakfasts. In addition to the pancakes or biscuits and gravy breakfasts include 2 sausage patties and either milk or coffee for $5 per adult, $3 for youth 6 – 12 and children 5 and under are free, with paying adult. Extra sausage patties, milk or orange juice are available for a small, additional charge.
BINGO is held each Monday evening beginning at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and snacks are available. The Mark McCord Tribute Show, featuring Branson style entertainment, is hosted at the Lions Club each Tuesday evening with tickets available at the door. The next regular meeting of the Fairfield Bay Lions Club will be Thursday, July 25. Our featured speaker will be Bob and Wilba Thompson, with an update on the Our Towne Conference and Visitor’s Center. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting and program will follow at 6 p.m. Residents, visitors and visiting Lions Club members are always welcome.