The following announcements were given by Christopherson: the Vermillion Lions Club donated $500 to the fund raiser for new park playground equipment; the club donated $175 to the USD SIFE (Students Interested in Free Enterprise) organization; 930 people attended the Lions Pancake Days held at the Vermillion Armory on April 18 and 19; the club will sponsor the Welcome Table on June 12; and the South Dakota Pork Producers will be present at the May 18 meeting.
The motion by Lion Young Moore of the Sight and Hearing Committee to buy a pair of glasses for a Vermillion individual was approved.
The speaker for the evening, M.J. Knobe, executive director, South Dakota Lions Foundation, was introduced by President Christopherson. M.J. emphasized that the foundation is a nonprofit organization reinforcing the altruistic efforts of Lions Clubs throughout South Dakota, and that all South Dakota Lions are members of the Foundation.
The Foundation, established in 1964, has attempted to essentially provide an instrument to help the visually and hearing impaired. The South Dakota Lions Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) is part of the Foundation's delivery service. Local clubs, such as the Vermillion Lions, sponsor visits by the SMU in their communities.