North Raleigh Lions Dale & Bill Graham working at the 2018 Camp Dogwood Eyeglasses Work Days

Camp Dogwood used Eyeglasses Sorting - Oct 3  2018

North Raleigh Lions Bill & Dale Graham participated in their first Camp Dogwood Used Eye Glasses Work Days on October 2 - 4, 2018.  It was a lot of FUN and we met a lot of interesting people.  We were amazed at the number of used eyeglasses the North Carolina Lions have collected since April 2018.  We have sorted used eyeglasses before at the club level, but never at the volume at Camp Dogwood.  Lion Dale sorted nearly 7,000 pairs of glasses.  While we had 30 or more people sorting eye glasses at our peak, we still sorted only around 75% of the eye glasses.

NC Lions sorting eyeglasses at Camp Dogwood

We sorted eyeglasses in the following categories:  metal, plastic, mixed metal & plastic and sun glasses.  We also sorted broken eyeglasses in these categories.  The eyeglasses were placed in standard size boxes and put on pallets to be shipped to a regional center where they will be further processed for reuse or sale as scrap.  We also sorted cell phones, hearing aids and print cartridges.  These will be sold as scrap.


We must have had over 30 volunteers at the main work session.  Most of these were people close enough to drive in for the day.


We did learn several valuable lesson that we will incorporate at our club and i would like to pass them on to you and encourage you to implement some or all of these at your club.  While all of us can not take the time to go to Camp Dogwood for Eye Glasses Work Days, we can all implement some or all of the suggestions below and make the process much more effective.


  1. Include an external packing slip or write on the box the number & type of glasses.
  2. Please do not ship or bring eyeglasses in bags.  They are awkward to move and store and frequently tear open.
  3. At a minimum, separate sun glasses into a separate box.
  4. If possible, separate eyeglasses into metal, plastic and sun glasses.
  5. Separate broken eyeglasses into a separate container.
  6. Used cell phones and print cartridges can be included in any eyeglasses box.
  7. Be sure to have print cartridges in separate wrapping such as a plastic bag or zip lock bag inside of a box.

The sorting and preparation of the used eyeglasses is a very labor intense process and you can make a huge difference if you follow the suggestions above.


The North Raleigh Lions gathered at Lions Curt and Lucy's Lake House for a picnic on Saturday, July 14, 2018.  The Food was good, the company was great, it was a nice summer day and our hosts were very gracious.  Pictured L/R are: Lucy Barnhill, Lions Dale Graham, Julia Justice, Curt Barnhill, Dottie Scott, PDG's Herb Justice, Barbara Beltran, Lion Maggie Cristafi, PDG Ron Beltran, Lions Bob Fehling, Bill Graham, Shirley Isenhour, Bill Turner & Walt McKinney.  Not pictured but attending were Lions  Jae & Anne Joyner and John Crisafi.  Lions Maggie & John Crisafi are Garner Lons Club members but were former North Raleigh Lions and good friends of all the North Raleigh Lions.


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We believe Lions Clubs International and North Carolina Lions, Inc. are two of the best community service organizations in the world.  Their main service activity is the prevention of blindness.  The Lions do this in many ways.  They support medical research, they provide eye health information on diseases such as diabetes & glaucoma, they help people in need get eye exams & eye glasses, they provide adaptive aids such as white canes. and they support national organizations such as Leader Dog for the blind.

We are not recommending that you shop at Amazon rather than other shopping sites, but if you do shop at Amazon, please  consider using the site and select North Carolina Lions Incorporated as your designated charity.

  To find out more of the great things the North Carolina Lions ( and Lions Clubs International ( are doing, please visit their websites.Of course, if you are using the smiles program to support another charity, We encourage you to continue that support.


North Raleigh Lions Club 2017/2018 Officers at Officer Induction ceremonies at Baileywick Park.  L/R:  Maggie Crisafi, DG Barbara Beltran, Shirley Isenhour, PDG Herb Justice, Walt McKinney, PDG Ron Beltran, Bill turner, Bill Graham, Tamy Theall, Jane Watson, Bob Fehling & Ed Kocan.

Presi - Bill Graham, 1st VP - Jane Watson, 2nd VP - Bob Fehling, Sec - Shirley Isenhour, Trea - PDG Ron Beltran, Tail Twister - PDG Herb Justice, Lion Tamer - Walt McKenney, Membership Chair - Bill Turner, 1 Yr Dir - Tammy Theall & Don Rosenbaum, 2 Yr Dir - PDG Barbara Beltran & Ed Kocan, Immed Past Pres - Maggie Crisafi


 WELCOME TO THE NORTH RALEIGH LIONS CLUB WEB SITE! This site is and always will be a work in progress. Lionism is dynamic, and so are we. Come back frequently and see what's new!  If you would like to know more about Lionism and/or our club in particular, click on the Contact Us  Also, check our our Brooms Sale page for a neat way to support Lions.  If you need help with eye glasses contact Lion Bob Fehling (845-464-1258) for Request for Eyeglasses.  If you want ot donate used eye glasses, see our Sight Conservation page.

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   The North Raleigh Lions Club was organized in 1953 as The Millbrook Lions Club. The name was changed to The North Raleigh Lions Club to better reflect the scope of its members and activities. The North Raleigh Club is involved in many local, State, national, and international projects that exemplify our motto "WE SERVE".  Click on the Club projects tab to see some of the projects we are involved in.



Pictured are PDG Ron Beltran, LCI President Yamada (with PediaVision machine), Lion Maggie Crisafi & Greyson, during President Yamada's Spring 2016 visit. He is performing a PediaVision Screening on Greyson, the grandson of Lions Maggie & John Crisafi.

A PediaVision machine will perform vision screening on children from six months to six years old.  PediaVision screening can be done in less than 2 minutes by a well trained team.  A team normally consist of three Lions.  The PediaVision equipment  will allow screening  for such eye abnormalities as: Astigmatism, nearsightedness, farsightedness, misalignment of the eyes, unequal refractive power, pupil size anomalies.   If any of these problems are found the parents are advised to take their child to an eye care professional for further assessment. These problems are not always evident by simply looking at the child. Young children often compensate so well that parents, teachers and pediatricians are unaware that there is a problem. The earlier the problem is diagnosed the better the chances that some of these problems can be cured and not just treated.

Children do not have to give any input, they simply look at the PediaVision testing device.  They are usually given a reward or coloring sheet after the test.  Children with eye glasses are tested to make sure their prescription is current.





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