‘New Glasses, New Life”

by Jim & Phyllis Wilkins

In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Lions Clubs took up that challenge and almost 90 years later still work tirelessly to aid the blind and the visually impaired. The traditional way Lions Clubs have served in this area is by providing vision screenings and new eyeglasses for individuals in need. In more recent years Lions Clubs around the world have been encouraged to participate in their communities through eyeglass collection projects. In support of this ideal, May has been designated as Recycle for Sight Month. Usable glasses give new life and eyeglass recycling is one of the Lions most popular activities. “Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions here and in developing nations lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and continue to lend their support to the Lions Recycle for Sight Program.” So if you have unused prescription glasses or reading glasses please drop them in one of the collection boxes located around Fairfield Bay or leave them in the vestibule area at the Lions Den on Dave Creek Parkway and they will be recycled and given to provide new glasses for a new life.
The Fairfield Bay Lions Club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and would be happy to have you as our guest. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm ($7.50 per person reservations by calling Lion Jeanie Hooper @ 884-3202) followed by a short meeting and our guest speaker at 6 pm. Our next regular meeting will be Thursday May 22nd and our speaker will be Regina Chaney with the Shirley Senior Citizen Center and Van Buren County Extension Program who will provide information on Community Wellness. BINGO is held each Saturday evening with doors opening at 5:30 pm and the first game called at 6 pm. Fairfield Bay Lions All U Can Eat Gravy and Biscuit or Pancake Breakfasts will be held each Saturday and Tuesday morning beginning Memorial Day Weekend May 24 (more information in future articles).

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