When Helen Keller named Lions “Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness,” Lions responded by making it our mission to serve blind and vision-impaired people everywhere. Today, we’re still known for our sight services — eyeglass recycling in particular. May is Recycle for Sight Month, and we encourage your club to participate and raise awareness about eyeglass recycling in your community.
Many people often wonder how Lions eyeglass recycling works. The video above features a vision mission trip to Puerto Vallarta, organized by the Fargo Lions Club, and does a great job of explaining how eyeglasses are collected, sorted and distributed. The process begins with a simple eyeglass collection box, and ends with hundreds of eyeglasses given to children and adults in need.
How is your club participating in Recycle for Sight Month? To start a Recycle for Sight program in your community, see our list of Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers, and download our Club Guide for Collecting Used Eyeglasses.
As this month’s Protecting Our Environment Global Service Action Campaign comes to an end, it’s time to take a moment to appreciate the fruits of our labor. Stop and smell the roses! Or in my case last week in the Netherlands, the tulips! Anne and I took a lovely stroll through Keukenhof, the world’s largest garden, and as we made our way through the colorful blooms I felt so proud knowing that Lions everywhere have been working hard all month long to preserve and protect beauty such as this. Thank you, Lions!
I would love to see what your club has done to protect the environment! Be sure to share your photos on Facebook and show the world how you’ve helped make the future a little greener.
The April Lions Quarterly features the above segment about the Pediatric Cataract Initiative, a Lions Clubs International Foundation and Bausch + Lomb program that helps provide children with eye care and surgeries.
In the video, meet young Pradip, a 7-year-old boy who lives in a remote Indian village near the Bangladesh border and who was diagnosed with pediatric cataract. Thanks to Lions, he got the care he needed to improve his vision, see and read clearly, and look toward a happier, healthier future.
Want to get rewarded for growing your club? The Together We Can Grow Contest rewards high-performing clubs for exceptional membership growth. One club in each district can win a choice of US$250 in credit toward club supplies from the Lions Clubs Supplies Store or a US$250 donation to the LCI Foundation toward the club’s next Melvin Jones Fellow.
Keep building on the momentum you’ve created in Family and Friends Month in April by inviting your family and friends to join you as Lions. And when they do, you could earn special rewards for your club.
Visit the Together We Can Grow Contest page today for complete contest details and your chance to earn additional rewards in our Innovative Recruiting Contest!
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