Lions seek old glasses to improve vision for the poor

NEIGHBORS

August 19, 1994|By KATHY SUTPHIN

Donations of old or broken prescription eyeglasses that may be gathering dust in your home can help the Mount Airy Lions Club give the gift of improved vision to less fortunate men, women and children.

Mount Airy's Lions collect unwanted prescription glasses as part of the Lions Club International Eye Health Care Program. The glasses come from a variety of local sources, including a collection box at TLC's Barber Shop on Prospect Road in Mount Airy and a car rental business that donates abandoned specs.

Mount Airy Lions Club President Jay Fulmer said the club collects about 500 pairs every six months for the program. "They are sorted, cleaned, ID'd and matched to people in need," he said. "Any prescription glasses in any state of repair are fine."

From providing eye exams for the needy to the training of seeing-eye dogs, vision programs are a continuing focus of Lions Clubs International. Mr. Fulmer said the emphasis on eye health will be increased in the Mount Airy Lions Club's District 22W (Maryland and Delaware) as part of a pilot program to conquer preventable blindness.

"We're gearing up promotion in the fall," he said.

For the Mount Airy Lions Club, the increased emphasis will translate into additional vision screenings, placement of educational posters in local doctor's offices, and a stepped-up effort to collect more glasses.

"We've ordered more boxes and plan to have drop-offs in the Mount Airy area," said Mr. Fulmer.

Area residents are encouraged to donate unwanted prescription glasses to the club. "The best thing to do is to just call the Lion Line at (301) 829-LION, and we'll arrange pickup," he said.

Dollars raised from the Mount Airy Lions Carnival in June will help the organization fund an assortment of service projects, including vision program expenses. Mr. Fulmer thanked the community for its support of the 1994 installment of the club's major fund-raiser. "[It] was one of our better years," said Mr. Fulmer.

The local service club will celebrate its 54th anniversary at its Charter Night in October. Future community events include participation in Mount Airy's Centennial Parade and the town's Fall Festival. The club, with the Mount Airy Jaycees, will also sponsor the annual Children's Halloween Parade and Costume Contest and Santa Claus Lane.

The Lions Club also has a program to lend -- free of charge -- hospital and convalescent equipment to area residents regardless of their economic status. The club has an equipment inventory that ranges from crutches to hospital beds.

"We even have an electric wheelchair," said Mr. Fulmer.

There is room in the Mount Airy Lions "den" for new members. Anyone who is interested in being a Lion or learning more about the club should call (301) 829-LION or Mr. Fulmer at (410) 635-2714.

These Mount Airy Lions were installed in office in July and will provide leadership with Mr. Fulmer over the next 11 months: Art Sotzsky, first vice president; Joe Romer, second vice president; Steve Fennington, third vice president; Rick Clower, secretary; Tamra Barton, assistant secretary and "Tail Twister;" Dennis Ahalt, treasurer; Mike Vlahos, "Lion Tamer;" Bob Disinger, membership chairman; and directors Martha Paisie, Clyde Gibson, Bob Shaw and George Harne.

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Members of the Class of 2007 who will begin their formal schooling at Winfield Elementary this fall are invited to the school's Kindergarten Orientation at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Parents with children who are members of the graduating Classes of 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 (first through fifth grades) and enrolled at Winfield Elementary are invited to "Meet the Teachers" at 7 p.m. Sept. 8.

Principal Ray Mathias said the Sept. 8 event will begin with a brief Parent Teacher Association business meeting. "All parents are welcome," he said.

For more information, call the school at (410) 795-4320 or (410) 635-2121.

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South Carroll High School has several important events taking place over the next few weeks, beginning with the Ninth Grade and New Student Orientation for teens and their parents at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The first varsity football game will be a Saturday contest at Wilde Lake High School at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10, and the first home varsity football game will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

Parents and guardians can visit their children's classrooms and become acquainted with South Carroll educators at "Meet the Teachers Night" at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

Bands from near and far will perform their half-time shows as they compete for trophies and high scores at the school's Cavalier Classic Sept. 17. The Tournament of Bands begins at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call the school at (410) 795-8500.

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