Now is the time to move our projects forward. We are 45 years young, and still growing! With the CubSight program firmly established and under the leadership of Walter Peat, we now need to focus on other areas of service, through a new program that would involve you, and your Lion service partners, in the vision care of those with diabetes, glaucoma, or seniors in need of vision care. I hope to roll out a mobile system of eye screening equipment that can be deployed around the state to accomplish the task of bringing better quality of life through vision care.
Our eyeglass recycling program, while still bringing in record number of used glasses, needed some committed group to help with the sorting, grading, and packaging of these much needed pieces of life-changing eyewear. Our Executive Director, Lion Chris Carlone, took it upon himself to partner with a local sheriff’s department and get inmate trustees to do the task. Now we are back on track and reducing the backlog of collected glasses so that those in other countries might receive the gift of vision. But we can still be involved in the sorting and cleaning of these glasses at service projects across the state.
I urge you, no I challenge you, to become greater involved with your foundation and with your fellow Lions. I invite you to come to a meeting of the LLEF in your district or one close by. This year we are hosting celebrations of our 45th year in four of the five districts in the state. We will kick things off in New Orleans at our homecoming annual meeting a super party featuring, great food, prizes and the drawing of the Big Time Raffle Winners! Next, in November, we will be in Opelousas for the Cracklin’ Festival and be hosted by the Port Barre Lions Club. February will find us in “The Capital of East Texas,” Shreveport, and a Friday Night Mudbugs Hockey Extravaganza, Sponsored by the North Shreveport Lions Club! Our final celebration will be Gonzales and I am sure the Lions of Baton Rouge will not disappoint! We will do our best to keep you all informed of what will happen at these events and how you can join in the fun and service.