Club Projects
The Lake Sumter Lions are proud to support our local & state communities
through various club projects. 

Lions and Marbles

Lake Sumter Lions Art & Molly traveled to the Sandy Acres Sozo Kids Activities Building to conduct the first of what is hoped to be many future marble shooting sessions. There was a total of 23 youngsters ranging from ages 6 to 12 years. After an initial slide presentation, the kids were broken up into 3 separate age groups to knuckle down at the practice rings.



KidSight Vision Screening

Since June 30, 2016, Lake Sumter Lions have screened over 23,000 children!!

Lake Sumter Lions Jon and Linda (along with Chuck) screened the 23,000th child at the Little Villages, Inc day care in Fruitland Park.


Lions Prepared Meals for SOZO Kids

It took a village...or rather a Lions prepare and deliver food to the SOZO Kids (aka children living in the Ocala Forest). First, Lake Sumter Lions gathered at the Mello's house to put together 50 Halloween bags of treats for the children. Lion Esther Ann made 44 beautiful cupcakes with candy pumpkins on top. PDG Lion Ed Mello cooked the 60 corn dogs. And Lions Ralph and Jane delivered the food to the Sandy Acres facility. Lake Sumter Lions support the SoZo Kids by preparing after-school meals three times a month.


Lions March in White Cane Day activities

Lake Sumter Lions walked around Sumter Landing Square in The Villages as participants of the White Cane Day. At the opening ceremony, Lake Sumter Lions Club President John presented a donation $$ check to the New Vision for Independence, who were the lead for this event.  The Presidents of the three Lions Clubs in The Villages led the march.

Every year since 1964, October 15 has been deemed National White Cane Safety day. In more recent years, the phrase “Blind Americans Equality Day” has been adopted.


Lions 2022-2023 Peace Poster Contest

Theme - Lead with Compassion

The Lake Sumter Lions Club again sponsored the Peace Poster Contest with The Villages Charter Middle School.  Club Members were asked to judge over 35 entries for the 2022-2023 Lions International Peace Poster Contest.  Top four entries were awarded checks for $100, $75, $50, and $50  for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place respectively. The First Place winning poster is forwarded to District 35-O for the further competition at that higher level.

Thanks goes to the Charter School Art Department who encouraged students in their artistic endeavors. Also, thanks to Lions Linda and John Bradshaw, the Lake Sumter Lions Peace Poster Chairs.


1st Place Poster by Irie 2nd Place Poster by Bridgette
3rd Place Poster by Phoebe 4th Place Poster by Amelia


Lions are collecting Bottle Caps...Again

Lake Sumter Lions are collecting bottle caps again for a special research project by Florida Institute of Technology.  [Previously, Lions collected bottle caps to make benches.] Lions Linda and Dennis recently delivered 500 lbs of bottle caps to FIT. 

Per FIT, Ocean engineering and marine sciences assistant professor Austin Fox and graduate oceanography student Abbey Gering are working on an Indian River Lagoon water treatment that will feature mesh bags filled with bottle caps. The bags will be placed in strategic locations within the lagoon to allow “good” bacteria to grow on them. These good bacteria can convert and remove excess nitrogen from the lagoon through a process called denitrification, helping clean the water and contributing to the prevention of harmful algal blooms."

New Guidance for Collecting Bottle Caps

For more info, go to:


Lions Support White Cane Walk

Lake Sumter Lions Club, along with The Villages Visually Impaired People (VIP) Group, are key sponsors of the New Vision for Independence's White Cane Walk on Friday, October 14, 10am at Lake Sumter Landing.

Every year since 1964, October 15 has been deemed National White Cane Safety day. In more recent years, the phrase “Blind Americans Equality Day” has been adopted. Whatever the title, the goal is the same: ensure and champion the full participation of blind Americans in every facet of our society, every day.


Lions Sorted Eyeglasses in Ocoee

Six Lake Sumter Lions traveled to the Project Right to Sight (PRTS) warehouse in Ocoee to deliver LSL sorted eyeglasses and to sort more eyeglasses at the warehouse: Bob Irvine, John Hanna, Chris Culberson, Charlie, AJ, and John Thomson. LS Lions worked alongside other District 35-O Lions as well as some UCF student volunteers. President of PRTS, IPDG Steven Van Varick set up a very efficient process so that the sorting moved fast and only took about 3 hours.




Lions Food Drive
Thursday, August 11

Lake Sumter Lions, joined by members of the Orange Blossom Gardens Lions Club and the Eastport Club Branch, conducted a food drive on the morning of August 11. Lots of food collected , hot (temps) fun, and Lions fellowships. The Lake Sumter Lions collected 639 pounds and $801 in donations. No report from the other two clubs. Thank You Villagers.


Eyeglass Sorting for the 2022-2023 Lions Year

Lake Sumter Lions were joined by members of the Orange Blossom Gardens Lions Club and the Eastport Club Branch to sort 8,137 pairs of used eyeglasses.  Lions gathered at Lake Miona Rec Center.   Thanks to The Villagers and others who donated their used eyeglasses and hearing aids at the Lions Collection boxes. 





The KidSight Numbers are....

Number of children vision screenings by Lake Sumter Lions since June 30, 2016.

Number of children vision screenings by Lake Sumter Lions in one Lion year (from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022)


LCI President Recognizes 3 Lake Sumter Lions

During his June visit to District 35-O, LCI President Alexander presented Presidential Certificates of Appreciation to three Lake Sumter Lions for their leadership and participation in the USA Games of the Special Olympics: Lions John, Linda and John. Congrats!


USA Special Olympics & Opening Eyes

Three Lake Sumter Lions attended the USA Special Olympics in Orlando and volunteered at the LCIF Opening Eyes:  Lions Linda & John and Marcia.  Opening Eyes is part of the Heathly Athlete experience provided to all SO Athletes.  Lions Linda and John also attended the opening Ceremony for the Special Olympics Games.



2022 Lions Scholarship Recipients

The Lake Sumter Lions Club awarded several scholarships this year to graduates in two local high schools.  The recipients of the Lions $500 Scholarships for 2022 are:  Harper Fuchs, Randy Nguyen, Danielle Obiaja, and Erica Wyatt.  All are 2022 Graduates from The Villages Charter School.  In addition, $1000 scholarships were awarded to Angelina Diaz, Marion Kenny, and Arianna Meyers.  All are 2022 Graduates from Wildwood Middle High School.



Special Olympics Florida Team (SOFL)

The Lake Sumter Lions have spent the past 6+ months raising funds for the Florida team of Special Olympics athletics.
As of mid May, the club has raised over $14,000!

Lake Sumter Lions Linda and John Bradshaw along with the following six Lake Sumter Lions attended the SOFL Hall of Fame Reception at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando: John and Bunny, Bob and Bonnie,  Kathy and Jane. The Bradshaws are the MD35 Lions SOFL Marketing Chairs. Lions met some of the athletics representing Sumter County. Unfortunately, the SOFL Opening Ceremony (following the Reception) was canceled due to heavy rain and wind.

Youth Marbles Program

Lake Sumter Lion Art presented to Club members the Marbles program: terminology, how to play and marbles tournament at the national level. Marbles is a youth program sponsored and supported by the Lake Sumter Lions Club.


A Marbles Clinic was held at MLK Community Center in Wildwood.

More VIP and Lions' Golf Outings

Lake Sumter Lion and Visually Impaired Person (VIP) Sonia joined the annual Lions & VIP golf group at this month's golf outing.  Lions assist VIP golfers by lining up the direction of their shot with yellow rods on the ground.


Another Lions Food Drive
Thursday, Feb 17

Villagers again were generous and contributed food and/or $$ to the Lions food drive. Lake Sumter Lions collected 1047 lbs of food and nearly $300 in donations.  Thank you Lions John H and Chuck for organizing this service project and thanks to the Lake Sumter Lions who collected the food.



VIP and Lions' Golf Outings

Every Month, from October to May, the Lake Sumter Lions join with visually impaired golfers to play a round of golf at the El Santiago golf course.  One Lion is paired with one visually impaired golfer.  Lions drive the golf carts and assist VIP golfers in lining up their shots, providing directions on the course. Thanks goes to Lion John Thomson who initiated and coordinates this project. 




Eyeglass Sorting for the 2021-2022 Lions Year

Lake Sumter Lions sorted 6,857 pairs of used eyeglasses at the Bacall Rec Center. Thanks goes to Lion John Hanna who organized this sorting. These eyeglasses will eventually be taken to the Ocoee Center for further sorting and distribution to needy people in Florida and overseas. Used hearing aids were also collected and will be taken to the Deaf and Hearing Services (DHS) of Lake and Sumter Counties, located in Leesburg.





20,000 Screenings in 5 1/2 Years!

While at the Little Village PreSchool in Fruitland Park, Lake Sumter Lions Eileen Sabatini DisingerLinda Ryan, and Dennis Ryan conducted a vision screening on the 20,000th child, since the Lake Sumter Lions started the Club's KidSight program in June 30, 2016. Included in the photo is the PreSchool's Director Ashlyn Flint and young Emma (photo with the permission of her parents).
A big THANKS goes to LS Lion Chuck LeGare (assisted by Lion Jon Joel) who introduced and leads the current KidSight program in the Lake Sumter Lions Club. CONGRATS!


Special Olympics Florida Team

For the first time, the USA Special Olympics will be held in Orlando from 5-12 June 2022.  The Lions Clubs of Florida has been asked to solicit donations for Team Florida athletics and coaches.  Click here for the Special Olympics Florida brochure.  Click here for  the letter that the Lake Sumter Lions sent to clubs within The Villages asking for donations.  Clubs and individuals can also contribute to Special Olympics Team Florida (SOFL) by going to the home page and clicking on the SOFL logo button.

American Legion Post 347, the largest in the world, contributed $1,000 to the Special Olympics Florida Team (SOFL).  Great!


(from left to right) Lake Sumter Club SOFL Chair Lion John, Post 347 Commander Joan, District 35-O SOFL Marketing Chair Lion John, and Lake Sumter King Lion Bob.   

District 35-O SOFL Marketing Chair Lion John thanks Post 347 Commander Joan for the generous donation.


Marine Corps League Detachment 1267 donated $500 to Special Olympics Florida Team.   Virgina Trace Crusaders donated $1000 from their wine and cheese bingo. Kensington Place Neighbors donated $250, thanks to Lions Dave & Esther Ann.
(from left to right) Lion John Brashaw; Nathan Pratt, Adjutant Past Commander; and Athlete Catherine Federico.    (from left to right) Lion John Hanna, King Lion Bob, and Lion John Brashaw. (from left to right) Lion John, Lion Dave, Lion Esther Ann, and King Lion Bob.


Fifth Lions Food Drive
Thursday, Dec 2

Thank you Villagers for contributing food and/or $$ to the Lions food drive. Lake Sumter Lions collected 1622 lbs of food and over $300 in donations. Collection sites were at the Regional Rec Centers in The Villages.






Let's Play Marbles Again!

Lake Sumter Lions Art and Molly held 4 one-hour sessions of a marble clinic at the Sumter Youth Center in Bushnell yesterday. There was a total of 24 children, ranging in ages from 6 to 12 years.In addition to learning how to play marbles, the children saw a video about the history of marbles, heard about the fun of collecting marbles and learned how to properly "knuckle" down when shooting in a game of marbles.
All children went home with a bag of marbles and an invitation to play some more marbles and compete in tournaments as part of the LS Lions program. Great Youth Activity. Thanks Lions Art and Molly.


Lions are collecting Bottle Caps for Benches

Lake Sumter Lions are collecting bottle caps for recycling into benches. Lions Dennis and Linda delivered over 50 lbs to a Ocala (FL) veterans group. The Vets coordinates with a company in IN where benches are made out of the bottle caps.


Below are pictures of bottle caps that are acceptable and those that are not.



KidSight Screening at The Villages Charter School

984 is the number of students that Lake Sumter Lions screened for vision this school year at The Villages Charter School: Elementary, Middle and High school level.  This is the fourth year where school nurses coordinate with the Lions Club to conduct the vision portion of the overall health check of students. Lions will also be screening pre-school and little Buffalo students in the next few weeks.


KidSight Screening

Six Lake Sumter Lions conducted KidSight vision screening at the Village View Christian Academy in Summerfield, FL: Lions Chuck, Doris, Kathy, Chris, John, and Jon. Four Mt Dora Lions were also there getting hands-on experience with the PlusOptix camera.
Altogether, Lions screened 132 students' eyes.


Fourth Lions Food Drive

Thank you to those who donated food and $$ to our Lions Food Drive today. We collected 1,416 lbs of food and over $450 in donations.  Lake Sumter Lions and Orange Blossom Gardens Lions hosted this food drive at the Regional Rec Centers in The Villages. We are grateful that we live in a generous community.


Three KidSight Screenings

Lake Sumter Lions participated in the Back-to-School Bash at the Fruitland Park Library, conducting KidSight vision screenings. Thanks goes to Lions Jon, Kathy, and Dan LeBlond. A video was made by the Back-to-School Bash folks. You can see the Lions Kidsight sign at 1:18mins.


Lake Sumter Lions participated in the Langley Services Back to School Bash by conducting free vision screenings. The event was held at the Sumter Co fairgrounds. Lions screened 70 children. Thanks goes to Lions Jon, Marcia, John, Kathy Bob I and John H.


For one week in July, nine Lake Sumter Lions screened 139 children for the Episcopal Children's Services Headstart Program.  We screened at 5 facilities in Lake County:  Leesburg, Clermont, Eustis,  Mt. Dora, and Umatilla.  Thanks goes to Lions screeners: Doris, John H, Bob I, Ed and Jane, Jan, Bob B, Ralph and Jon. 

At Umatilla, Leo the Lion (and his "handler" Ed) entertained the 3 and 4 year olds who were not always happy to have their eyes screened. It was hard work, but Leo enticed all the children into opening their eyes wide for the specialized camera.  Leo even got his own eyes screened by Lion Jon.  After a hard day's work, Leo enjoyed some refreshments.


KidSight - Five Year Anniversary!

Five years ago, Lake Sumter Lions Club purchased two Plusoptix Vision Screening Camera, thanks to the support of the public of our club's fundraisers.  Using these vision screeners, Lions screened young children's eyes for various disorders, to include hyperopia, myopia, astigmatism, anisometropia, anisocaria, and strabismus. 

News article in the Daily Sun newspaper.


KidSight Screenings
Since June 30, 2016, Lake Sumter Lions have screened over 18,000 children.


After screening, each child receives a yellow sticker.

Right:  KidSight Chairman Chuck is screening a young child's eyes.

The Lake Sumter Lions Club members now spend their days screening children's eyes at day care centers and county libraries in Sumter and Lake County.  Led by Lake Sumter Lions Chuck, Jon, John and Ralph, certified Lions spent, on the average, two mornings a week screening the eyes of young children.  Referrals are sent to an Ophthalmologist in Gainesville for further evaluation.  Parents are then notified if further testing was recommended. 

Lion Jon looks through a specially made box for screening childen's eyes in a sunny or light environment.



For more info on Lions KidSight USA, click here.   Click here to view the Club's brochure on KidSight.


Lions Donate Used Hearing Aids

Thanks to the Villagers, the Lake Sumter Lions Club donated over 100 hearing aids to the Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties. PDG Ed (right) and Lions Jane delivered the hearings aids, along with batteries and associated items.


The Journey of Used Eyeglasses

Have you ever wonder what happens to the used eyeglasses you donated at one of the Rec Centers or other designated facilities south of Rt 466?  Click here to read about the journey.

Lake Sumter Lions John H, John B, Chris, and Bob delivered 7,000 pairs of sorted used eyeglasses to the Project Right to Sight (PRTS) warehouse in Ocoee. They then help to sort additional used eyeglasses which total to an estimate of over 30,000 pairs.


Second (and Last) Eyeglass Sorting for 2020-2021 Lions Year

Lake Sumter Lions sorted 7,239 used eyeglasses at the Lake Miona Rec Center.  Lions also collected and sorted 63 hearing aids received from the public in eyeglass collection boxes located in Rec Centers and others area south of Rt 466.  This data was published in the Daily Sun newspaper (right).

For a complete list of collection sites, click here




Lake Sumter Lions Third Food Drive

The Lake Sumter Lions hosted their third Food Drive, again at the Regional Rec Centers within The Villages.  The Lake Sumter Lions collected over 1500 pounds of food which was distributed to three local food banks.  In addition, nearly $1000 was raised from donation jars.  Thanks goes to Lions John and Chuck for organizing this community project.



Let's Play Marbles!

Lake Sumter Lion Art introduced a new youth program recently....marbles!  Having facilitated youth marbles programs "up north" for 30 years, Lion Art has lots of experience to set a similar program here in Sumter County. 
During Spring Break 2021, the Wildwood Rec Dept invited Lion Art to set up a marbles clinic at the Wildwood Community Center.  Fourteen children between the ages of 6 and 12 attended this beginners marbles clinic.  After viewing a video on the history of marbles and the different types of marbles, the children were taught how to play a marble game called Ringer.  They learned how to shoot a marble and to keep score.  All attendees went home with a bag of marbles, compliments of the Lake Sumter Lion club.  The Wildwood Rec Center was pleased with this new program and asked if Lions would participate again in the summer program.
Click here to go to a "Let's Play Marbles in Florida" facebook page that Lion Art has been set up.  The National Marble Tournament is held every year in Wildwood, NJ.  Click here for tournament info.

WANTED:  A Marbles Coach who can mentor children and provide instructions on how to play marbles in a tournament setting.


Eyeglasses & Hearing Aids: Ways to Give

10 Ways to Give in The Villages...Lake Sumter Lions collection and recycling of used eyeglasses and hearing aids is no. 3.
Source: Daily Sun Newspaper, 31 Mar 2021

First Eyeglass Sorting of the 2020-2021 Lions Year

Lake Sumter Lions were finally able to meet and sort used eyeglasses at the Canal Street Rec Center.  Lions sorted 6,610 pairs of prescription eyeglasses.  These eyeglasses will be taken to the Ocoee Center for further sorting and distribution to needy people in Florida and overseas.  Used hearing aids are also collected and taken to the Deaf and Hearing Services (DHS) of Lake and Sumter Counties, located in Leesburg. 



Lake Sumter Lions Second Food Drive

The Lake Sumter Lions hosted their second Food Drive at 8 Rec centers within The Villages.  The Food Drive was delayed from an earlier date due to Hurricane Eta. The Lake Sumter Lions collected 2,682 pounds of food which was distributed to local food banks.  Thanks goes to Lions John and Chuck for organizing this community project.


Lions Donate Used Hearing Aids

PDG Ed and Lion Jane recently made their semi-annual trip to Leesburg to deliver used hearing aids and good hearing aids batteries to the Deaf and Hearing Services of Lake and Sumter Counties. These used hearing aids and batteries were obtained from the public in our LS Lions used eyeglasses collection boxes. For more info about the Deaf and Hearing Services, go to


District 35-O Blessings Bags

Lake Sumter Lions, together with the other clubs in Zone 3, put together blessing bags for the people affected by the hurricane in the panhandle of Florida (Lions District 35-L).  Lion Diana ordered online the specific supplies for the bags sposnored by the Lake Sumter Lions.  Then the following Lake Sumter Lions put together the Club's bags:  Lions Eileen and Bob D, Lion Bob I, Lions Bunny and John H, and Lions John and Annette T.  District Governor Harry then traveled to the home of Bunny and John (Zone 3 Chair) and picked up 143 bags.  Nice work Lions!


Lake Sumter Lions Food Drive

Answering a community need in these pandemic times, the Lake Sumter Lions sponsored a food drive at 6 Rec Centers within The Villages: Colony Cottage, Eisenhower, Everglades, Laurel Manor, Rohan, and SeaBreeze. The public dropped off food items and paper supplies without leaving their cars. Afterwards, items were sorted at Lake Okahumpka Park.  Then various local food pantries picked up the contributions.
Lions collected over one ton of items, specifically 2,167 pounds!
Congrats to Lions John and Chuck who coordinated and organized this service project.  Yea!
Coloney Cottage Eisenhower Everglades
Laurel Manor Rohan SeaBreeze


There was great news coverage of this service project.  Chair Lion John was interviewed, describing the event in a video to be broadcast on The Villages channel.  In addition, Lions Bob and Jaci were interviewed by The Daily Sun newspaper reporter.  

The Club recieved over $500+ from donation jars placed at each location.  The money was donated to 4 food pantries:  Beyond the Walls Food Pantry in Fruitland Park; Our Mother of Mercy Food Pantry in Wildwood; Christian Food Pantry in Lady Lake and Wildwood Food Pantry.


 Hole-in-One for VIP Golfer

Update:  At a recent Lions meeting, Coordinator for the Lions VIP Golf Lion John presented VIP Golfer Pat
with a plaque which honored her hole-in-one achievement.

Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Golfer scored a hole-in-one on the 7th tee on the El Santiago golf course in November 2019.  Congrats to VIP Golfer Pat Lohse, assisted by Lion Jim Braxmeier. Wow! This is the second VIP golfer to have a hole-in-one.   Every second Saturday afternoon, Lake Sumter Lions assist VIP golfers to play a 9-hole round of golf.

VIP Golfer Pat (right) with Lion Jim. (From left to right) VIP Golfer Mike Mulanax, Lion Jim Braxmeier, VIP Golfer Pat Lohse, VIP Golfer Dot Williver, and Lion Glenn Ridenour.


Giving Showcase

Lake Sumter Lions participated in The Villages Giving Showcase with a booth displaying the Club's various service activities, to include KidSight screenings and VIP Golf.  Held at Lake Miona Rec Center in early February, this was the second year for the Showcase.  The purpose of the Giving Showcase was to highlight local organizations, like the Lions, who give back to the community.  Attendees talked to Lions and learned about our club's service events and fundraisers.


Judging the Science Fair

Lake Sumter Lions were among those who judged the Science Fair at The Villages Charter School.  It was fun and informative as 200+ High School and Middle School students briefed judges on their science projects.  To say thanks to all the judges, the Charter School hosted a delicious lunch, provided by the parents of the school.


Lions Sponsored New Vision's Blind Walk

New Vision for Independence, a nonprofit that provides training for people with visual impairment, hosted their second annual Blind Walk at Sumter Landing in The Villages in honor of White Cane Safety Day.  The event allowed sighted people to get a brief look at the difficulties the visually impaired deal with and how they adapt. Attendees walked around the square, learning how to be a safe human guide for a visually impaired persons walking with white canes.

The Lake Sumter Lions again served as the event's sponsor for the second year.  Many Lake Sumter Lions attends this event to show their support.




Used Hearing Aids

Lake Sumter Lions also collect used hearing aids in the boxes with used eyeglasses.  Used hearing aids and the many many batteries are routinely donated to the Deaf and Hearing Services (DHS) of Lake and Sumter Counties, located in Leesburg.  You can learn more about this organization at their web site:



Lake Sumter Lions Sponsor a Guide Dog


The Lake Sumter Lions donated enough $$ to the Southeastern Guide dogs (SEGD) to sponsor and name a Guide Dog.  The Club held a raffle among its members to name our guide dog.  Lion Lorraine won the raffle and submitted the name of "Keller," after Helen Keller who provided to Lions Clubs International the mission of assisting visually impaired people.


Born August 12, 2018

   Keller at 12 Months

Keller has had a wonderful first year. He has mastered house manners and basic obedience in environments with increasing distractions.

Keller's Graduation

Upon completionn of his training, Keller returned to Southeastern Guide Dogs campus.  Because of his excellent mastery of skills, he became part of the SEGD breeding program.   In the future, we look forward to little "Kellers" to help the visually impaired. 


KidSight Vision Screening

Lake Sumter Lions Club screened nearly 50 children at the First Back to School event hosted by the United Way of the Lake and Sumter Counties.  The screening was held at the Midway Baptist Church in Leesburg.




KidSight Vision Screening - More Photos



Grilling for the VIP's
Nine Lake Sumter Lions prepared and served a summer cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs, baked beans, salads, watermelon, cake and drinks to members and guests of the Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) Club.  The cookout was held at the Bridgeport Rec Center in The Villages.
  Left photo below: Lions Bob, Eileen, Bunny and Mary Alice.  Right photo below: Lions John W and John H. 
Not pictured are Lions Bob, Jan and (photographer) Cecile.



 Delivering Sorted Eyeglasses to PRTS

Four Lake Sumter Lions delivered the sorted eyeglasses to Ocoee where the Project Right to Sight (PRTS) has their warehouse of used eyeglasses.  Lions Ralph, John W., John A. and John H. made the hour trip to view the massive operation and to provide a $$$ donation from the Lake Sumter Lions Club.  Project Right to Sight "provide reconditioned, recycled eye glasses, at NO COST, to homeless and uninsured people living in our Central Florida Community. Eye glasses are also provided for Vision Projects to aid people in need throughout the world."  Go to for more info.


Golfing with Visually Impaired Persons (VIP)

VIP Golfer scores a Hole-in-One!


Above is a picture of Mike Mulanax picking his golf ball out of the cup on the 100 yard ninth hole od El Santiago Golf Course. Mike, playing in the Lake Sumter Lions VIP golf outing on May 12, recorded a hole in one using a five iron. This is the first hole in one recorded since we started the VIP Golf program. As Mike’s wife, Carol said, “Not bad for a blind guy”.
At a recent club meeting, Lake Sumter Lion Kevin presented Mike with a Plaque honoring his hole-in-one achievement.


VIP and Lions' Golf Outings

What better place to host a golf outing for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP) than The Villages, a golfing community.  Lake Sumter Lions joined with the VIP club members to play a round of golf at the El Santiago golf course.  One Lion is paired with one visually impaired golfer.  Lions drive the golf carts and assist VIP golfers in lining up their shots and in providing directions on the course. 
This is an ongoing project.  Lions meet with VIP golfers the 2nd Saturday of every month.  Thanks goes to Lion John Thomson who initiated and coordinates this project. 

Look who landed on the front page of the Sports section of The Villages newspaper The Daily Sun!  Lion Tim is providing guidance to a VIP golfer.

VIP/Lions Golfing continues to be a popular sport with a growing number of VIP golfers joining this activity. 


  • The VIP Club meets the first Thursday of every month at 1pm at the Bridgeport Rec Center.
  • The VIP Club hosts Game Day on the second Thursday of every month from 1-3pm, at Laurel Manor Rec Center.  Games are designed for the VIP.










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