Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club

Service Projects

Members of the Aiken Mid-Day Lions Club conducted vision screenings on children enrolled in the community’s Head Start Program on September 9 and 11. The Welch Allyn Vision Screener was used to evaluate the childen for potential refractive errors associated with poor vision, and referrals to eye care professionals were provided when needed. Students from Aiken Technical College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program helped with vision screening, and they also conducted hearing tests for the children.

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Pictured seating (from left to right) are Lion Joanne Cadotte and Vice District Governor Pat Friday. Standing (from left to right) are ATC Instructor Katie Brown, with students Angela Thomas, Sarah Alexander, Linda Martens, Nick Haislip, Shayna Epperly, Charise Yannucci, and Desirae Druce. Lions Club members who also volunteered but are missing from the photo are Del Sharp, Anne Tabert, and Carol Paramore.

Little River Lions Build A Handicap Ramp

Service Projects

A happy crew during the building process; Lions Tom, Dave, Bruno, Nick, Ben & Marion.

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Lions Bruno & Ben attach club logo after the railing were completed.

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The above photos show Little River Lions recently constructing a handicap access ramp for a resident who’s mobility is enabled only by wheelchair or mechanical walker.  Access Ramp Building in the local community is the Little River Lions Club’s signature service activity.  The club averages budgeted construction of about 6 ramps per year for handicapped and deserving residents in Little River and Longs.  The club’s hands-on, ramp construction service includes materials and labor to provide home accessibility for disadvantaged occupants.  As club president, Lion Bruno Stepanski, states, “Where and whenever there is a need in our community, the Little River Lions Club sees it as an opportunity to Serve!”

“It needs to be stressed that our Little River Lions Club only builds ramps in the immediate area near Little River.  Because we are listed in the directory for www.ramps.org, I get calls from all over South Carolina, North Carolina, eastern Georgia, and even a couple requests from Tennessee.  It breaks my heart to have to tell all of these callers, between 100-200 per year, that we cannot help them nor do I have someone to refer them to.  Ramp building would make an excellent service project for any Lions club in any state.  Keep in mind that ramps are an addition to a property.  Owners of the property and local code or building department people should be contacted and approve plans for ramps before construction begins.” Lion Marion Schroll, Secretary for the Little River Lions Club.

Columbia and Lexington Lions Club Help 4 Year Old

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Jillian Nava is a happy 4 year old little girl that is losing both her vision and hearing. She was born with a very rare disease
that affects these two senses. The Columbia and Lexington Lions Clubs were contacted by Jillian’s mother, Carolyn Nava,
inquiring about the possibility of the Lions assisting her by purchasing a Braille Writer. Carolyn has been informed that Jillian
will be totally blind before she reaches high school. She began taking classes this year to learn to read and write braille.
There are braille writers at the school, but Jillian did not have the ability to purchase one to practice at home.
The two Lions Clubs immediately began work on this project. On July 21st, representatives of the Columbia and Lexington Lions
invited Jillian and her family to the South Carolina Lions offices for a presentation of her very own braille writer and a special
backpack for transporting it to and from school. Jillian was very excited as were her mother and brother.

More about Jillian’s disease.

Jillian has autosomal dominant optic atrophy (ADOA)-plus syndrome, which includes vision loss, weakness in the muscles that control eye movement, difficulty
with balance and coordination, hearing loss, disturbances in the nerves used for muscle movement and sensation, and muscleweakness.

In most cases, this mutation replaces the protein building block (amino acid) arginine with the amino acid histidine at position 445 in the OPA1 protein (written as Arg445His or R445H). It is unclear why the R445H mutation causes other features in addition to vision loss in affected individuals.  There is no cure for Jillian’s disease at the present time.

Blythewood Lions Distribute Books to Students

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Lions Bob Cox and Victoria Dixon-Mokeba shopped at Scholastic Books’ End of Year sale with a goal to purchase a book for every child at Carolina School for Inquiry (CSI) so that each child had a special book to take home for the summer. Together they purchased 187 books valued at over $2,000. Due to the special pricing they paid less than $150 for all the books! Lion Victoria shared that while they were shopping at Scholastic Books, the person serving them shared with them that her first pair of glasses were purchased by the Lions Club. The lady vowed to do anything to help others and to support Lions anyway that she could. Lions Bob and Victoria were touched by her story and hope that you are too! During the end of year awards event at CSI, Lion Bob along with Lion Mary Louise Resch (dressed as Doko the Lion) presented each child their very own book. There were even extra books to be added to the school library.

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