National Federation of the Blind of Georgia Speaks to Club

Lions0609June 9, 2016

Hayley Alli, the Coordinator of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia (NFBGA) spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  NFBGA or BELL Academy is a summer program targeting low vision and completely blind children.  Programing is designed to promote braille literacy and learning.  Almost 85% of blind children are braille illiterate.  The Atlanta Lions have been supporting the BELL program for several years now.

Hayley is originally from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago and began working with NFBGA and BELL in 2013.  Her daughter is visually impaired and was a participant in the BELL Camp from 2010.

Chief of Service of Grady Hospital Ophthalmology Speaks to Club


May 26, 2016

Yousuf M. Khalifa, MD, chief of service of ophthalmology at Grady Memorial Hospital and in the cornea service at Emory Eye Center spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  Dr. Khalifa spoke to the club about growing burden of eye health conditions facing Grady patients and how the hospital was managing these challenges with new service protocol and more efficient eye screening technologies.  Grady is in the early stages rolling out new eye screening technology for diabetic retinopathy in order to better target patients with severe eye conditions due to diabetes.  Members of the club are interested in partnering with Emory and Grady to serve the population suffering from this eye disease.  Club Member, Danny Haddad, MD who is the Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Global Ophthalmology at the Emory Eye Center arranged the speaking engagement.

In addition to the Club speaker the luncheon was also attended by members of the Atlanta-Metro Club (Shelia Morrow and Ashleigh Durr) and the Atlanta-Peachtree Club (Jane Jones) as part of a District L Zone Chair Meeting.

Club Member Establishing Vision Screening Program in Belize

Lion Cyd McDowell on Belize TV

Lion Cyd McDowell on Belize TV

August 13, 2015

Atlanta Lions Club member Cyd McDowell has been travelling this week in Belize with KidSight USA representatives to establish a child vision screening program in this Central American country.  The program is part of the Belize Lions Clubs efforts to provide young Belizeans with free eye screening.  The screenings will commence countrywide in September at the beginning of their school year.  The Belize Lions Clubs are committed to pay for eye glasses for children who need them, and whose parents cannot afford to pay for the treatment services.

Below is footage from Belize TV Channel 7 discussing the vision screening program with remarks from Lion Cyd McDowell and Past International Director Dr. Ed Cordes.  Ed heads the Lions KidSight USA Program and is a Lion from Corning, New York.

Way to go Lion Cyd!