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The Lions Delaware Velley Eye Bank was established in 1957 by a group of Lions Club members who addressed the difficulty corneal surgeons were having in obtaining corneal tissue for transplant, as well as training and research and medical education.  Since its humble beginning, the Lions Eye Bank has provided eye tissue for corneal transplants enabling over 14,500 people to have this sight restoring operation.  Located in Philadelphia and affiliated with the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, the staff travels to over 100 hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare facilities in the Tri-state area of Delaware, New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania to retrieve donated eye(s).  We support the Eye Bank with contributions and also have one of our members on the Board of Directors.

The Beacon Lodge is a Pennsylvania Lions sponsored 583 acre camp in Central Pennsylvania established to provide a camp for the blind, visually impaired, disabled and special needs of adults and children. The activities are much like a regular camp with hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, games, camping and canoeing.  With special adaptations, the camp is able to offer archery, rifle range, climbing wall, and a zip line. The camp has a children’s village and adult housing units. Our Lions club supports this camp with contributions via a wish list, camp sponsorships, transportation of local campers, and volunteer work weekends.  One of our members is on the Board of Directors.

ROADSIDE CLEAN-UP- Lions club members remove litter from a designated area along Rt. 562 from St. Lawrence to near Stonersville. This is done 4 times a year and we have received a 10-year certificate from the Pennsylvania Deptartment of Highways.

RESTORATION COMMITTEE- We serve our community by offering our help in small maintenance projects we feel comfortable in handling for the elderly or disabled.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS- One of our budgetary items each year is to make money available for the purchase of eye glasses, as well as to provide eye exams or medical assistance to needy individuals and families.  In alliance with other Lions Clubs we have medical assistance devices available for loan.

COMMUNTIY, STATE, AND INTERNATIONAL DONATIONS- We support numerous organizations in the community, state, and the nation each year.  The Board of Directors develops the yearly budget, in which we list all anticipated income and distributions, and then present it to the club in September for approval.

COLLECTIONS- Our club collects the following items;

Aluminum Tabs- We have collected tens of thousands over the years which are turned into cash to support the Hershey Ronald McDonald House.  This is a state-wide Lions program. Tabs can be from soda or beer cans as well as any other foods with aluminum tabs. If you wish to collect for us, you can contact us at Exeter.lions@gmail.com or bring them to us at the Exeter Community Library on the first or third Wednesday of each month, at 7PM, where we meet.

Eyeglasses- Collection boxes are placed thru-out the community to collect glasses for use in sight preservation in other countries.  Our club has collected thousands of eye glasses over the years.  This is an International Lions program. Box locations include America's Best Eyeglasses, Auman Funeral Home, Boscovs Distribution Center, Boscovs Optical Center, Christ Episcopal Church, Delaney Eye Care, Dr. Larry Behm, Exeter Senior High, Exeter Township Library, M & T Bank, National Penn Bank, Owatin School, Pennside Presbyterian Church, Readner's Market, Sams Wholesale Club, St. Catherine Church, Super Walmart Optical Center, Susquehanna Bank, Theo C Auman Funeral Home, Trinity UCC Church, Wyndham Advisors, & Wyomissing Church of the Bretheren.

Baseball Caps- We collect these for use in third world countries by cataract patients.  The caps protect the eyes after cataract surgery from the sun.

COMMUNITY HOLIDAY BOXES- An annual event in which we deliverholiday meals to needy families in the community about a week before Christmas.  Each turkey dinner is designed to feed a family of six.  We procure the food from Giant, we decorate the boxes and fill and distribute the holiday boxes to the families.

LEO CLUB- We sponsor the Exeter High School Leo Club.  This is the youth version of the Lions Club and is a national program.  The idea is to mentor, share experiences and volunteer service in the community.  The hope is that a Leo will become a Lion in the future or at least continue the Lion Motto of “We Serve”

TOYS FOR TOTS- In conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp. we donate and collect toys during the holiday season.

SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS- We provide a scholarship to a deserving Exeter High School Senior based on academics, morals, service to the community and school. We also provide a Student of the Month award (savings bond) to a deserving senior, usually a Leo.

Leader Dog for the Blind - Besides supporting our local, district and LCIF organization's programs (Vision Resource Center- VCR)(Kids-Sight), (Sight First campaigns) for blindness and the visually impaired, we have supported the Leader Dog for the Blind organization for a number of years.

Kids Sight- A program in which specially trained Lions use highly specialized testing equipment to examinie pre-school children for “lazy eye” (a potentially serious vision impairment if not caught early).  If a problem is identified, the child is given a computer print-out of the results and is referred to an optometrist for definitive diagnosis and treatment. This is promoted and handled at school fairs or events.

Health Fair- Each year, usually the first week in May, we sponsor a health screening test for anyone interested. This is provided by Quest Diagnostics for a small fee and consists of blood tests and in some years hearing tests.

Community- Over the years we have provided materials and labor to replace roofs on the community picnic pavilion, build the Exeter Skate Park, provide specialized equipment for the blind and vision impaired at the Community Library, and assisted in several community projects.

Bing Miller Foundation -  A yearly cash grant for a severe health condition that places a hardship upon the family or individual.  Up to 3 rewards annually form the Lions District. Most times it is for a child or adolescent.

Pa Lions Foundation- Provides grants each year for special projects.     

LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION (LCIF)- Provides grants for special projects as described above throughout the world, and to assist in disaster relief, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc.

 

This is a small sampling of how Lions thru service labor and financially we “SERVE” our community, the nation and the world. Want to learn more about Lions go to the LCIF computer site www.lionsclubs.org.

 

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