Bringing the World Into Focus – Atlanta Lions Vision Screen 122 Children

July 21, 2015

Lion Jotham Reubel vision screening at Connect Church Sports Camp

Lion Jotham Reubel vision screening at Connect Church Sports Camp

Today the Atlanta Lions Club screened 122 school age children at the Connect Church Sports Camp in Decatur.  In less than two hours Lion Jotham Reubel, Club President Wes Gifford, and Lions Gary Martin and Sandrea Reubel found 33 children needing further evaluation.

Each screening took only seconds per child, required no preparation and was as easy as taking a snapshot.  Children stood approximately three feet away from the screening device.  A pass/refer system gave Lion’s a list of those children who should have follow up by eye care professionals.  In the Club’s previous vision screening 3 Atlanta Lions screened, with one screening device and the cooperation of the teaching staff, 104 preschool children in less than 90 minutes.  We would like to thank our own Lions Club Member Cyd McDowell, President of Plusoptix, Inc. for loaning out this terrific technology until we can raise funds to purchase our own club device.

On Thursday, July 23rd at the culmination of the sports camp Lions Jotham & Sandrea Reubel and Lion Shondeana Crew-Morris will be conducting further vision screenings.  They will also be meeting with each referred child’s parent to go over the screening results and stress the importance of seeing an eye care professional for a full eye examination.  Each parent will receive a letter from the Atlanta Lions Club explaining the purpose of the screening, a print out of their child’s results, and resources for the parents in getting the needed care.

Mom and daughter at Connect Church Sports Camp vision screening

Mom and daughter at Connect Church Sports Camp vision screening

The Atlanta Lions Club is focused on vision screening preschool aged children where screening can have the greatest impact on a child’s life.  The Atlanta Lions Club is a supporter of the Lions Kidsight USA Program and also works closely with the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, a 501c(3) organization focused on providing vision and hearing services to underinsured Georgians.

Back-to-School Party Breaks Record!

The face painting table at the block party

The face painting table at the block party

July 18, 2015

The Atlanta Lions Club was one of 70+ exhibitors who helped connect Old Fourth Ward kids, families, and seniors to city and county agencies and nonprofit services.  District 2’s Boulevard corridor has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States.  The Year of Boulevard initiative, which Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and the community launched in 2012, is focused on empowering residents of all socio-economic backgrounds to work together to increase public safety and attract new resources to the community.

Kwanza’s staff are still tallying the final numbers, but it looks like 1,300-1,500 Boulevard corridor residents attended today’s  2015 Year of Boulevard Back-To-School Block Party.

Lion Gary Martin with Beacon of Hope Briggette Woodward and Atlanta Council Member Kwanza Hall

Lion Gary Martin with Beacon of Hope Briggette Woodward and Atlanta Council Member Kwanza Hall

 

The Atlanta Lions Club shared an exhibit table with community partner, Beacon of Hope Renaissance Learning Center to engage citizens in Lionism, recruit new members and network with other community providers for possible future vision screening events.   Last December, 2014 the Atlanta Lions Club vision screened 109 children ages 1-6 years old at Beacon of Hope’s Old Fourth Ward early learning center.

Council Member Kwanza Hall Speaks to the Club

Kwanza Hall with President Mike Rapp and Gary Martin

Kwanza Hall with President Mike Rapp and Gary Martin

 

June 25, 2015

Atlanta City Councilman, Kwanza Hall spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capitol City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  He shared stories and lessons learned from the #YearofBoulevard initiative, now in its fourth year.

 

Lion Cyd McDowell and Cheryl Lee talk with Kwana

Lion Cyd McDowell and Cheryl Lee talk with Kwana

 

The Atlanta Lions Club is Georgia’s oldest Lions Club, celebrating its 95th anniversary this year.  The Club is one of the 2015 Year of Boulevard community partners, offering free vision screenings to underserved children in the Old Fourth Ward.  Lion club members will be on hand at the Saturday, July 18 Year of Boulevard Back-to-School Party, bringing free vision screenings and connecting families to optometrists and glasses.