THE NEW OWOSSO LIONS CLUB, founded just last October, is looking to become chartered with Lions Clubs International. To accomplish becoming a chartered club, the group, currently comprised of 14 members, is hosting an open house on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. at O-Town Café. The public is invited to attend. The only requirement is that interested persons must be 18 years or older – and strongly interested in helping the community. Club applications are available.
Light refreshments will be offered during the open house at O-Town Café on N. Washington Street in downtown Owosso. Club officers and members will be on hand to answer questions related to how the club interacts with the community and as an international service organization. They are open to new ideas.
Last fall, representatives from the district office and an international recruiter completed a community assessment that highlighted the need for a new Owosso Lions Club. The Durand Lions Club has since stepped in to sponsor the Owosso group, with Tracy Temple acting as the chair.
Ultimately, the new group is seeking out “kind-hearted people wanting to give back to the community,” shared Temple. One thing all current members agree on is that the Owosso area has a large number of kind-hearted individuals.
Lions Clubs International was started in Chicago over 100 years ago, and now includes 1.35 million members in 206 countries. The mission is to “empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.” Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world. Helen Keller famously dubbed the group “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,” due to their vision-related efforts.
The Owosso Lions Club is initially taking steps to bring in programs that will include the Lions KidSight Eye Disease Scanning program for all ages and Lions Recycle Sight to collect old eyeglasses, along with local eye exams and eyeglasses for those in need at no cost to the family. Other projects will focus on diabetes, community parks and senior citizens.
Current eyeglass donation drop-off locations include O-Town Café, the Shiawassee Family YMCA and Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Owosso.
(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)