Installation of officers was held at the Yacht Club on May 4th. The Vice District Governor for district 35 I, which includes 67 clubs in Southwest Florida, Robert “Bob” Hilliard installed the new officers for 2011-2012, advising them of their respective duties of office. This zone includes Immokalee, Naples, Naples Nites, Marco Island and Everglades clubs. Also announced at this meeting was thedonation list for 2011. Receiving these funds from the Marco Club were; Lions Foundation, Radio Reading service for the Blind, The Conklin Center, the Lions Eye Bank, Southeast Guide Dogs, Collier Lighthouse for the Blind, National Camps for the Blind, Sight-First II, as well as community services for needy and referred sight cases. These funds were collected by Lions from ‘White Cane’ drives, the annual pancake breakfast and donations from members and the public. It would not be possible without the support of the residents and guests of Marco Island, and we give our gratitude for your generosity.
Tim Kenney and his wife, Joan, collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids in our boxes at stores and businesses around the island. At present there are 23 of these in various locations, including grocery, drug, clothing and specialty stores. They have collected 2,984 pairs of eyeglasses since our last delivery to the reclamation center 8 months ago. This is a great outpouring of support from, again, our friends. These glasses are refurbished, cataloged, and supplied to our screening centers to be given free to those referred during the screening process.
Your Marco Island Lions Club needs more members to continue to carry on the various programs as described above. This organization does not only the local works described in this article, but national and international efforts such as natural disasters. Please join us and have fun while helping others less fortunate. Call President Bruce Miles at 394-1020 for information.