They know about service

Published 12:39 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2009

By Staff
A new Lions Club is coming to Washington, and that means programs that will benefit the visually impaired and others with problems.
The Lions have a long history of providing service to the visually impaired population and the communities they serve, but Lions do much more than that.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Blind Center in Washington, an informational/organization meeting will be held for those people interested in establishing the new club. Recently, Lions volunteers and the Bath Lions Club joined forces to recruit members for the new club.
Lions Clubs International, a service organization, knows about service. Its Web site is a testament to that service.
Lions support sight services through programs such as SightFirst and Campaign SightFirst II. SightFirst, started in 1989, is the Lions’ most-ambitious and most-successful program ever. Through it, Lions have restored sight to 7.5 million people by way of cataract surgeries. They have helped prevent serious vision loss for more than 30 million people. That’s been accomplished by expanding eye hospitals and eye clinics, distributing sight-saving medicine and educating the public about vision loss and preventing it.
Lions provide other services to their communities, services such as remodeling a nonprofit group’s community center, repairing a shelter for the homeless and fixing up a public playground.
Through Lions Quest, Lions provide school-based, life-skills programs for children from kindergarten to the 12th grade.
The Lions’ Web site says this: “When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve.”
Look for the new Lions Club to do just that: serve where its members live — and beyond.