Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Marco Lions installs officers

The 2011-2012 Lions Club officers. Submitted photos

The 2011-2012 Lions Club officers. Submitted photos

“My Knights of the Blind”, that’s what Helen Keller asked the Chicago Lions Club to be nearly a century ago. Now Lions International, the largest service club in the world, has not only taken on her challenge, but also has taken on hearing and diabetes as well. This last April 26th, four Marco Island Lions traveled to Immokalee to screen 30 pre-school children for hearing and sight problems. Lions Tim Kenney, Lee Pershing, Tony Klein and his wife, Palma, did the screening of these children using portable equipment. Of these, seven had eyesight problems and two had hearing difficulties and were referred to their parents for further professional care. Catching these problems at an early age can help speed recovery and, in many cases, treatment can bring these children up to normal levels. The Lions also provide this care for needy children. A sight and hearing clinic is totally funded and run by Lions at the Bonita Springs’ Lions Club location. A number of local eye and hearing specialists, all members of Lions, give of their time to man this clinic.

Installation of officers was held at the Yacht Club on May 4th. The Vice District Governor for district 35 I, which includes 67 clubs in Southwest Florida, Robert “Bob” Hilliard installed the new officers for 2011-2012, advising them of their respective duties of office. This zone includes Immokalee, Naples, Naples Nites, Marco Island and Everglades clubs. Also announced at this meeting was the

Joan and Tim Kenney checking the collection box at Win Dixie.

Joan and Tim Kenney checking the collection box at Win Dixie.

donation list for 2011. Receiving these funds from the Marco Club were; Lions Foundation, Radio Reading service for the Blind, The Conklin Center, the Lions Eye Bank, Southeast Guide Dogs, Collier Lighthouse for the Blind, National Camps for the Blind, Sight-First II, as well as community services for needy and referred sight cases.  These funds were collected by Lions from ‘White Cane’ drives, the annual pancake breakfast and donations from members and the public. It would not be possible without the support of the residents and guests of Marco Island, and we give our gratitude for your generosity.

Tim Kenney and his wife, Joan, collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids in our boxes at stores and businesses around the island. At present there are 23 of these in various locations, including grocery, drug, clothing and specialty stores. They have collected 2,984 pairs of eyeglasses since our last delivery to the reclamation center 8 months ago. This is a great outpouring of support from, again, our friends. These glasses are refurbished, cataloged, and supplied to our screening centers to be given free to those referred during the screening process.

Your Marco Island Lions Club needs more members to continue to carry on the various programs as described above. This organization does not only the local works described in this article, but national and international efforts such as natural disasters. Please join us and have fun while helping others less fortunate. Call President Bruce Miles at 394-1020 for information.

 

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