San Miguel Lions Club celebrates 25 years

By Kip Palmer

Lions Club celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2012, having operated successfully since its inception in September 1987. As you may, or may not know, the Lions International Club is a philanthropic organization, which provides free eye examinations and glasses to those in need within the Mexican community. The club is located at Avenida Reforma 75 C (upstairs), Fraccionamiento Ignacio Ramírez, San Miguel de Allende.

The San Miguel Lions Club, chartered with Lions International, is a volunteer, service club organization and it maintains its charter though the payment of membership dues to Lions International, USA. As a chartered club it has adopted the mission, constitution, and bylaws of Lions International. We join 45,000 clubs and 1.35 million members worldwide to serve those in need and make a difference in our communities. 

Beginning in 1992, every Thursday at its clinic, the Lions continue to provide, at no charge, eye testing and eyeglasses from our computerized inventory of about 35,000 recycled prescription eyeglasses. If we don’t have the correct lens in inventory, some cost sharing by the recipient may be necessary.

The Children’s Eyeglass Fund, established in 2007, funds the purchase of lenses for children when we are unable to provide prescription lenses from our clinic inventory.

In 2006, the Lions introduced, free of charge, the Diabetes Testing Project, as this ailment can also alter the health of the eye thus requiring medical treatment prior to obtaining an accurate prescription for eyeglasses. To date, approximately 3,600 persons have received diabetes testing, and from the eyeglass clinic has provided approximately 17,000 eye examinations and 15,000 pairs of glasses.

Like all charitable organizations in San Miguel, the Lions Club needs your support. There are four painless ways to contribute:

1.Recycle your glasses. As many of us age, we find our prescriptions change. Don’t throw away your glasses, as these can be reused. A recycle bin is located at La Conexion, Aldama 3 (Centro) and another at La Conexion, Libramiento a Dolores Hidalgo 11.

2.Play bridge. Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:30pm, there is a rubber bridge game at Vivoli Café, Hernandez Macias 66. The group is very social and casual; so if you are rusty or relatively new to bridge come along and you’ll get help. A 10-peso donation goes to the Lions Club and everyone orders his/her own lunch from the menu. Ten lunches gives you a free 200-peso meal. 

3.Take a trip. Several times a year the Lions Club sponsors trips to see the various cities and sites in Mexico. The trips always include the transportation and top quality hotels and often link up with local guides, shopping excursions and the like. The cost is very competitive and includes a small donation. Next trip will be to Xilitla/Sierra Gorda to see the missions and the Gardens of Edward James. Dates are August 1-3 and costs are 1930 pesos for double occupancy and 2570 pesos for a single. Contact Jean Schickel at 152-0934 for more information and watch this paper for announcements.

4.Come to the meetings. Business meetings are held each third Thursday of the month at El Rinconcito, Refugio Norte 7, with lunch following the meeting. The first Thursday of the month is a “Social” lunch get-together at Vivoli Café, Hernandez Macias 66. The start times for these are 12:30 pm. Donations are welcome and could be made while attending a meeting or by contacting the following Lions Club Member: Carol Walk at 415-185-8279.

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