Creating Harmony Through Service
Our Lions year is now in full activity mode around the Multiple District! I have heard of a number of meaningful service projects that are planned or are already in action.
PID Ed Gear has shared the details of the completion of Heartfelt House in Springfield, at the PeaceHealth Riverbend Hospital campus, to provide compassionate service to families who have loved ones hospitalized for serious illness. Our MD 36 Lions and Lions Clubs International Foundation are a part of the financial foundation for this amazing service project – one that will continue helping families as long as it stands (to quote PID Ed).
October is designated as Vision Month by Lions Clubs International. Think about the many ways that your club has contributed to the vision needs of your communities in our Multiple District:
· School screening with our SPOT cameras in schools across the Multiple District, with an amazing 176,005 students screened in 2018-2019 under the guidance of the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.
· Community vision clinics, like the amazing day in Rockaway in April where the Rockaway Lions and OLSHF staff helped Pacific University graduate optometry students and Casey Eye Institute physicians screen 70 plus folks in need of the vision service – and resulted in some miraculous vision restoration through surgery at Devers Memorial Eye Clinic.
· Free vision exams and eyeglasses provided to community members by Lions Clubs, using the services of 57 vision providers in the LEAP (Lions Eyeglass Assistance Program) lab network – 2,187 pairs of eyeglasses built in 2018-2019, and the program is on track to serve even more folks in this current Lions year.
· The Patient Care program at OLSHF, which provides needed surgeries and treatments for folks referred by our Lions Clubs. In 2018-2019, 122 patients with vision issues were served. New technologies in specialized care are offered to our Lions referrals through the partnership with Devers Memorial Eye Clinic.
· The Mission Cataract Program, which partners OLSHF with 30 plus ophthalmologists who provide free cataract surgeries for Lions Club patient referrals. Twelve patients received this sight saving surgery in 2018-2019 and surgeries will continue as patients are partnered with ophthalmologists.
· White Cane Day is coming up on October 15, an opportunity to take awareness of assistance to programs for those with low vision and blindness out into our communities.
Ask yourself, as a Lion, this question: Where would these folks have had their vision needs met, if not for our club service? Thank you for your individual volunteering hours and thank you to your Lions Club for your group efforts at serving our communities.