Eye Sight Conservation
Traditionally, the major focus of Lions activities is eye sight conservation and help for the visually impaired. Lions took up sight conservation as their major goal after a speech given by Helen Keller at the Lions International Convention in 1925, when she challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind". The Lions accepted the challenge - sight conservation and help for the sight impaired has become a rallying cry for Lions projects around the world.
How do the Monocacy Lions help protect eye sight and aid the visually impaired?
- We sponsor free eye screening programs using mobile eye clinics.
- We provide free eye exams and eyeglasses to need people in the community.
- We perform free eye screening of preschool age children.
- We collect old eye glasses for distribution to the needy in other countries.
- We financially support the Lions Leader Dog program that provides, at no charge, guide dogs and training to the blind.
- We financially support the Lions Low Vision Center at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
Vision programs are not the only activities that we support. We are strong advocates for youth, community activities and work with other community organizations.
Some of the Youth Activities that we support are:
- Providing scholarships to local high school students.
- Sponsor an annual community Halloween party at the Pavillion i Barnesville.
- Financially support local youth groups.
- Financially support the Lions Camp Merrick in Nanjemoy, MD, a camp for visually disabled, hearing impaired, and diabetic children.
- Sponsor two LEOS Clubs at Poolesville High School and John Poole Middle School. These are Lions clubs that teach youth the importance of community services and teach them important leadership skills.
Community Activities & Collaboration
- Sponsor a local blood mobile
- We participate in and financially support the local Rebuilding Together program (formerly "Christmas sin April".)
- Provide food baskets for needy families at Christmas and in the Spring.
- Collect and distribute toys for needy children at Christmas.
- Financially support the Western Upper Montgomery County Help (WUMCOHELP.ORG).
- Financially support the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, an organization that this club helped to establish many years ago.
How do we pay for our many Projects?
We sponsor community fundraisers. These include:
- Annual Charity Golf Tournament.
- Sell ice cream at the Montgomery County Fair
- Support other Lions clubs car raffles for charity
- Co-sponsor the Poolesville Day 5K Race
- Annual Club Auction
It's important to note that all the funds raised from the public to support our many service activities and are not used for club administration.