Lions learn of SightFirst program

Lions learn of SightFirst program
The May 18 Lions meeting was opened by President Gloria Christopherson, who initially asked Lion Ron Thaden to introduce his guest Robert Scot from Vermillion. Lion Maxine Johnson asked for volunteers to help with the Welcome Table, which the Vermillion Lions are sponsoring on June 12.

Lion Sid David noted that the pre Tour de Kota event on June 11, 8 a.m. to noon, Senior Citizens Center, will need several Lions volunteers to help with the pancake preparation. President Christopherson stated that the induction of new officers will take place at the Annual Lions Summer Social to be held at the Eagles on July 20 and is also open to family members and friends of attending Lions.

Lion Chuck Rogiers reported that the USD SIFE (Students Interested in Free Enterprise) organization did very well at the recent national competition in Kansas City. There were 165 teams present at the meeting, and the USD group was the first runner up in their competing unit.

Lion Art Rusch was in charge of the induction ceremony for two new Lions members. Cylas Hall and Chuck Rogiers. Rusch pointed out to these two new members that the Lions Clubs International (LCI) was formed in 1917 and is presently the largest service group in the world. Following the personal appeal of Helen Keller in 1925, the Lions accepted the special dedication of serving the blind and sight impaired throughout the world.

The presenters for the evening meeting Lions Katherine and Freeman French, Yankton, were introduced by President Christopherson. With help of an excellent video and two handouts, Katherine and Freeman presented information on the SightFirst Campaign of LCI.

The SightFirst program was started in 1990 and by 2005 had restored sight to 24 million people in 188 countries, strengthened eye care for more than 100 million people, and established worldwide more than 250 eye-care clinics. However, the increase in the number of people in the world older than 45 will serve to make cataract blindness more serious than ever.

In addition, many people around the world still suffer from glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and river blindness (onchocerciasis). Campaign SightFirst II was started in 2006 and is a program appealing to all Lions Clubs to help raise funds to help in controlling or eliminating the leading causes of unnecessary blindness.

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