The Christmas Eve Luminaria Project was a success. Fortuneately this year we were warm and dry in the garage of the newly purchased Historical Society House. We sold approximately 2300 luminaria which decorated the streets of Manchester. Many nice comments were given concerning the beauty of the luminaria. We look forward to next year and will again be in the Historical Society (Kingsley-Jenter) Home.
The Lions Club members will continue taking tickets at the Girls Basketball games staring in January and running through February. This is a good chance to meet lots of our friends and family as they come to watch the games.
Bear Lake Camp – The camp aspires to provide a preeminent summer outdoor recreational/educational facility providing opportunities for children of special needs (Visually or hearing impaired) to enhance self-worth, attain independence, acquire social skills and realize their potential as human beings.
Leader Dogs for the Blind – Blind individuals may be sent by a Lions Club to Rochester where they will be provided room, board, a Leader Dog and training at no cost.
Lions of Michigan Service Foundation (LMF) – A 501(c)3 foundation for tax exempt donations to benefit medical needs of individuals through grants to local Lions Clubs. When the expense of medical assistance is greater than a local club can afford, a grant may be requested from the Foundation for part or all the expenses.
Eversight Michigan – Their mission is the restoration of sight accomplished through recovery, evaluation and distribution of the highest quality eye tissue for transplantation and ophthalmic research, funding of research grants to find cures for eye and vision disorders. Lions help spread the word for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and Lions' donations provide funds for several critical eye research projects each year.
Joint District Projects
Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund – Braille text books are provided to all Michigan visually impaired students and individuals. In addition, products are sold worldwide for people. This project is joint with District 11-C2.
Radio Reading Service – An FM frequency is dedicated to special receivers which are provided to the blind and physically impaired. The station provides volunteers who read books, newspapers and periodicals for taping. The special receivers are provided free to qualified individuals. This project is joint with District 11-C2.
Youth Exchange Program Our own Lion Peggy Allen is the State Chair for the Youth Exchange. This program provides an opportunity for youth 17 to 21 to travel to a foreign country to live with a Lion or Lion approved family for 4 to 6 weeks during the summer. Additionally, we are always looking for HOST families who would want a youth from another country to live with them during their summer vacation. Remember, summer south of the equator (Australia, New Zealand, Peru) is our winter, so they arrive in December, January and February.
Hearing & Speech – TDDs and other services are made available to the hearing impaired. This includes support of the Hearing Impaired Picnic, which is an all-day event, for the hearing impaired and their families. Games, lunch and a program are provided. Project KidSight is also supported through this fund.
Michigan All-State Band– High school students are auditioned to represent Lions of Michigan at the International Convention annually. Students are given the opportunity to travel, march in the International Parade and perform at designated service facilities in the area of the convention.
Peace Poster Contest – The Peace Poster Contest is an international project that involves youth in designing and creating peace posters. Prizes are awarded at club, district, state and international levels for the best posters submitted. Participation requires a Peace Poster Kit which may be purchased from Lions International Club Supplies.
Penrickton Center for Blind Children – Penrickton is a unique, private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential services and day care to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through 12. Each program is individually designed to promote independence in all aspects of daily living. This service is provided FREE to families through donations.
Used Eyeglass/Hearing Aids Collection – Used eyeglasses are collected, read, cleaned and available for volunteer groups going to deprived countries to serve the visually impaired. Hearing aids are cleaned, repaired and distributed to hearing impaired individuals. Drop boxes are located in the Library & Manchester Eye Care, or to any Lions member.
Winter Camp for the Blind – A winter experience for the blind which includes many supervised outdoor activities. This is a three-day outdoor experience for blind adults held at the Outdoor Center of the Battle Creek school system in February.
Hearing Impaired Picnic - In September of the year, the Battle Creek area Lions provide a picnic and entertainment for those who are hearing impaired. Friends meet friends at this event and are provided a delicious lunch with fun and games. If you know anyone in your area who is hearing impaired, be sure to tell them about the free annual picnic.
Project Kidsight - This is a Lions' service project that utilizes a PediaVision Digital Camera System and the new SPOT camera. In 3/4 of a second, the camera takes 18 pictures of the eye, then feeds the data into the computer which instantly analyses the information and registers a PASS or REFER. The Refer indicates which parameters did not pass. The parent is then provided a read out from the printer on the screening to take to their eye doctor. Screenings can be done on children as young as six months, and on adults up to age 100.
Feasts for Families Project - In 2009 the Manchester Lions joined forces with Family Services to provide food materials for Thanksgiving baskets. Eighty Manchester families had a brighter holiday because of your willingness to give. Recently the Lions donated 75 each of salt, sugar and flour which was combined with donations from others to provide food bundles to needy families.
Backpack Program - When it's Back-To-School time, it's also time to fill the backpacks with school supplies for our migrant farm population, for the Community Resource Center, and the schools to get our youngsters prepared to learn. Backpacks and school supplies are collected all year round to get the best deals and stretch our donated dollars. Then prior to opening day of school, the backpacks are assembled and distributed to the support agencies as required. In 2009 the Manchester Lions made up 80 backpacks with the assistance of the Kiwanis of Manchester. Looking ahead to 2016 we can expect the need to continue to rise, so we need your help.