The International Association of Lions Club is a service organization whose mission is to help other people. The club has been around for more than 100 years. One of their projects is vision screening.
David Roberts, membership chairman, has been a member of the Lions Club for 41 years. He got involved in the organization when asked by a fellow Lion. According to Roberts there 132 Lions Clubs with a total of 3,250 members in Arizona.
“It is the largest service organization in the world with 1.4 million members,” says Roberts.
The vision program began in 1925 when Helen Keller asked the Lions at their international convention to be knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.
According to Lions Club International website, the Lions Club Vision programs have saved sight for more than 15 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses and other treatments through Sight for Kids. According to Roberts, vision screening is done for infants to 89 years of age.
“Sixteen thousand children are tested each year”, says Roberts.
Other programs the Lions Club participates in, include food banks, eye and ear surgeries, diabetes programs and recycling eyeglasses.
Kids can be a part of the Lions Club, also. The Leo Club is for kids ages 13-18. If you would like to be a member of the Lions or Leo Club, you can get more information through Facebook or by contacting the Lions Club International or a Lions Club Member.