Culpeper Lion Clubs screened nearly 2,500 students this year as part of their annual sight and hearing screenings in the community.
Part of the Lions Club’s mission is to “help the blind in their crusade against darkness” and to help rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness. Their mission came from a meeting in 1925 when Helen Keller spoke to the group and they took on the crusade. Since then, the club has grown to include 1.3 million members worldwide.
In Culpeper, the Mid-Day Lions Club and ‘92 Lions Club work tirelessly to check area students and help refer them vision specialists.
The Culpeper Mid-Day Lions club started in August 1960 with 35 members, accommodating business people who couldn’t meet at other times of the day. Over the years, they’ve sold fruit, brooms and other items but have used bingo as their primary fundraiser for several years. Since July, they’ve raised $21,000. Last year, they donated more than $50,000 for vision, scholarships and for Christmas shopping for the needy.
“We want to give back to our community and be in a position to impact our local community,” Mid-Day Lions Club President Chris Settle said.
The Lions Clubs referred 358 students for vision and another 85 for hearing.
“”It’s long days, but it’s rewarding work,” said Sight and Hearing Chair Jimmy Calhoun.
There are four doctors and one vision center that support the efforts of the Lions Clubs. Students that are referred to America’s Best get two pairs of glasses and if parents are unable to play for expenses, the Lions Club will make the payment.
To learn more about the Lions Clubs in the area or to join, call Culpeper Mid-Day Lions Club President Chris Settle at 540-222-8060 or ‘92 Lions Club President Ann Laster at 540-825-1570.