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White Cane History:  In 1921, James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol, England, became blind following an accident.  Because he was feeling uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home, he painted his walking stick white to be more easily visible.

In 1930, the late George A. Bonham, President of the Peoria, IL Lions Club introduced the idea of using the white cane with a red band as a means of assisting the blind in independent mobility.  The Peoria Lions approved the idea, white canes were made and distributed, and the Peoria City Council adopted an ordinance giving bearers the right-of-way to cross the street.  News of the club's activity spread quickly to other Lions clubs throughout the United States.

Today, white cane laws are on the books of every state in the U.S. and many other countries, providing blind persons legal status in traffic.  The white cane now universally acknowledges that the bearer is blind.

In 1964 the Lions Clubs of Tennessee started a non-profit venture, White Cane, whose sole function is to raise funds in the clubs' communities to make possible projects that are effective in sight conservation and that aid the visually impaired.  District 12-I which the Williamson County Lions Club is a member distributes gifts to White Cane among the following projects:

Tennessee School for the Blind  Serves Pre-K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired from all across the State of Tennessee.  TSB provides information, education, counseling and technical assistance to families as well as children. The Lions Tennessee School for the Blind Fund provides a student work program, a low vision assistance program, summer enrichment programs, funding for Boy & Girls Scouts, and a personal gift to each student at Lions Day At TSB the second Friday in December.

Leader Dogs for the Blind  A non-profit organization in Rochester, MI. dedicated to providing the means for safe and independent travel of the blind. Over 12,000 Leader Dogs have been trained in obedience, in dealing with traffic and confusing situations such as crowds or revolving doors. As many as 300 students a year enroll in the 25 day live-in program free to the student. Breeding and puppy programs, GPS and computer skills are also available.

Middle Tennessee Lions Sight Service  Provides financial assistance to people in Districts 12-I and 12-S, who do not qualify for other resources, in obtaining vision related medical treatment in designated hospitals. They must be sponsored by a Lions Club and accepted for service by MTLSS. There is a special account for children from birth to age 18 and another for Low Vision assistance.

Ed Lindsey Industries for the Blind, Inc  A sheltered workshop employing around 50 blind adults and some sighted people for tasks more detailed than the making of chin straps, mops, and brooms, the last two of which can be purchased by Lions Clubs at a special rate for fund raising. There is also a Thrift Store on site.

Lions World Services for the Blind  A rehabilitation center in Little Rock, AR to teach independent living or job training skills. Includes a personal adjustment center for those with adult onset of blindness, vocational training, job placement assistance and a college prep course.

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic  National non-profit education library for people with print disabilities.  The studio in Oak Ridge, TN records mostly educational material for students in kindergarten through graduate school.

Tennessee School for the Deaf  Serves K-12 students from all across the state of Tennessee.  The School provides a total learning environment that utilizes state of the art curricula, materials and methods for the purpose of preparing students for adult life. Lions contributions are the primary source of funds for the TSD Benevolent Fund and the TSD Summer Camps that serves deaf and hard of hearing students that attend either TSD or other programs in Tennessee. 

 

Tennessee Lions Eye Center

Kidsight Outreach

American Diabetes Association

 

Sensory Garden for the Blind Paver Bricks are available for purchase.  Paver Bricks are $100 and will be placed in the Sensory Garden for the Blind which is located in Grassland Park off of Manley Lane behind Grassland Elementary School in Franklin, TN.  Engraving allows up to 3 lines and a maximum of 18 characters (letter, number or space) per line.  For more information, please contact Lion Chuck Wells at (615) 403-6500.  The following order form can be printed for your use: Paver Brick Order Form

 

 

News Articles

Saddle Up! celebrates 25 years of changing lives 10/13/16

Wells awarded Lion of Year 8/27/14

Lions Award Page Senior 12/15/13

Fried squirrel or elk burger?  Lion's feast serves up game for charity. 11/04/13 

Williamson County Lions Club Teams Up With Smart911 To Raise Funds For Leader Dogs For The Blind 9/02/2013

Williamson County Lions Club Installs New Officers 8/12/2013

Lions, Master Gardeners break ground for Grassland Sensory Garden 11/5/2009

Franklin Lions host Leader Dog for the Blind puppy raisers program 2/11/2010

County Assessor visits Franklin Lions Club at Breakfast                         6/17/2010

First Order of Engraved Bricks for Lions Sensory Garden Arrives           6/24/2010

Lions Club, Master Gardeners seek donations of plants for Sensory Garden for the Blind  11/4/2010

Lion Chuck Wells awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship  12/23/2010

Sensory Garden gets donation  4/21/2011

Sensory Garden re-opens in Grassland; WMC and Vanderbilt present combined $10,000 to effort 6/27/2012

Williamson County sees bright future for Sensory Park for the Blind 6/27/2012

 

Eyeglass Recycling Locations

 

 

One of the projects for our Lions Club is to provide drop boxes for people to donate their used eyeglasses so that we can work toward our mission of providing vision for all.  We have new locations being added.  Our current recycling locations are:

 

1. Cool Springs Eye Care

    3252 Aspen Grove Drive

    Franklin, TN 37067

    (615) 771-7555

 

2.  Allen Hill Pharmacy

     2010 N. Carothers Road

     Franklin, TN 37067

     (615) 790-3387

 

3. Williamson County Administrative Complex Lobby

    1320 West Main Street

    Franklin, TN 37064

 

4.  Liberty Elementary School Office

     600 Liberty Pike

     Franklin, TN 37064

     (615) 790-0892

 

5. Crieve Hall Church of Christ

     4806 Trousdale Dr

     Nashville, TN 37220

 

6.  Franklin Factory

      230 Franklin Road

      Franklin, TN 37064

      (615) 791-1777

 

7.  Walmart Vision Center

      3600 Mallory Lane

      Franklin, TN 37067

      (615) 771-0929

 

8.  Williamson County Library

     1314 Columbia Ave

      Franklin, TN 37064

      (615) 794-3105

 

9.  First Farmers Bank

     121 First Ave. South

     Franklin, TN 37064

     (615) 435-8818

 

10. Jay Sellers

      Edward Jones Financial Advisor

      2000 Meridian Blvd, Suite 116

      Franklin, TN 37067

      (615) 771-8062

 

Our club meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 8:00 am to 9:00 am at Elliston Place Soda Shop at 330 Mayfield Drive in Franklin, TN if that location and time works better for your recycling effort.  This meeting location is near the corner of Carothers Parkway and Mayfield Drive.  Thank you for your donation.

 

 

 

 

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