The Feb. 2 meeting was opened by President Gloria Christopherson, who initially announced that the Vermillion Lions Club on Jan. 31 at the Wal-Mart grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony received a check for $1,000. Lion Howard Connors introduced his daughter, Kathy Gullickson, from Cedar Rapids, IA, and Lion Curt Robinson introduced Steven Heer of Vermillion.
Lion Ron Thaden stated that a sufficient number of volunteers are available for preparing pancakes on Member Appreciation Day, Thursday, Feb. 9, Clay-Union Electric facility. Lion Allen Johnson announced that Lion Dave Swanson will be the speaker at the Feb. 16 club meeting.
The speaker for the evening, Lion Cindy Iverson, Madison, was introduced by President Christopherson. Iverson noted that the nonprofit organization, Leader Dogs for the Blind, is located in Rochester, MI, and has trained over 12,500 dogs since its founding in 1939. The training of the person/dog teams over the years has served to enhance the lives of many blind and visually impaired persons throughout the world.
With the aid of an excellent video, Iverson explained in some detail the training of the leader dogs. The Leader Dog organization has been supported for over 60 years by donations from Lions Clubs and the clubs have also provided support of about 70 percent of the Leader Dogs' students. On behalf of the Vermillion Lions Club, President Christopherson presented a check to Lion Iverson for the Leader Dogs for the Blind.