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Celebrate the Age of Elegance! If you will be age 60 by July, 2020, you are eligible become a contestant for M...
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It’s good for now: Is it sustainable? SUBMITTED BY THE LIONS CLUB Humanitarian service organizations like Lion...
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Applications are now open for collegians or alumnae in a National Panhellenic sorority who are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Requirements are academic excellence and meaningful participation in sorority life, demonstrating leadership and volunteer activities.
Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1, 2020 and will be celebrated at the Denver Area Panhellenic Awards Luncheon held on April 18, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. For further information: Contact the Collegiate Awards Committee at DAPCollegiateAwards@gmail.com.
Celebrate the Age of Elegance! If you will be age 60 by July, 2020, you are eligible become a contestant for Ms. Colorado Senior America. The local pageant will be held July 25, 2020 at the Pace Arts Center in Parker, Colorado. This annual pageant celebrates women’s beauty, talent and charisma that does not diminish with physical age, but rather celebrates that women have merely reached the “Age of Elegance.” It is an event to showcase women who are vibrant, poised, talented and personable well into their mature years. A distinguished panel of judges will score contestants on private interview, evening gown, talent and a statement that conveys the contestant’s “philosophy of life.”
If you feel you exemplify the inner beauty and dignity of Ms. Colorado Senior America or know someone who does, contact Colorado State Pageant Administrator René Green: 720-384-6249 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited. Apply right away.
Whichever comes first – May 15, 2020 or reaching the maximum number of contestants is the deadline.
SUBMITTED BY THE LIONS CLUB
Humanitarian service organizations like Lions Clubs International serve communities around the world. They do their best, but can they do better yet? This is a story about how one Lions Club plans to sustain its impact.
For Lions, vision has been important since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged founder Melvin Jones to make Lions “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”
Internationally, Lions has Sightfirst and Recycle for Sight. Sightfirst is all-encompassing. It funds efforts to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness and provide services to persons who are visually impaired. Recycle for Sight operates under the guideline that “Usable Glasses Give New Life.” It’s designed to collect, process and ultimately dispense used eyeglasses to those in need.
In Colorado and Wyoming, Lions took on the task in the 1990s of establishing the foremost eye centers in the Rocky Mountain region. Collaborating with the University of Colorado, Lions raised over $7 million in funds to create the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute (RMLEI) and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB). In 2018, RMLEI employed 82 eye doctors and saw over 100,000 patients. RMLEB recovers tissue from donors to provide for over 2,500 sight-restorative transplants per year.
Locally, the Denver Lions Club (DLC) through its International Eyesight Missions Committee conducts vision screening campaigns in Denver and around the world. Between 2007 and 2019 it’s worked in the countries of Rwanda, Ecuador, Nepal, Senegal, Mongolia, Mexico and Ethiopia to assess refractive error and dispense used eyeglasses. It’s now engaged in a project to make its efforts sustainable in Mongolia.
Let’s consider what DLC is doing there. In 2017 and again in 2018, volunteers from the Club conducted screening campaigns in Ulaanbaatar and in Middle and South Gobi. They evaluated refractive errors in 3 ways:
Gathering important subjective information about patients’ vision issues, e.g., problems with reading, itching, etc.;
Testing acuity using eye charts;
Assessing distance vision using portable auto-refractors.
Patients then would visit an accompanying optometrist, who refined the evaluation and prescribed corrective lenses. Finally, volunteers selected appropriate eyeglasses from among the thousand they transported with them to Mongolia. Each campaign saw about 1,000 people during the 6 days it operated.
The impact was dramatic, but it was limited by logistics. The volunteers couldn’t stay and continue their work. They could only leave the remaining used eyeglasses that they’d transported, but they had no means for dispensing them judiciously while gone.
That’s where the Club got creative, devising an approach to make its efforts last. They purchased a functional yet inexpensive auto-refractor, phoropter and lensometer and arranged to visit Mongolia once again in 2019 to deliver the equipment. They donated this equipment and a shipment of used eyeglasses to a group of civic-minded Mongolians who have demonstrated their willingness to see patients regularly and periodically, going forward. This same group will comprise a new “Gegee” Lions Club that has optometrists Bataa Batjargal and Turmur as two of its members. DLC is training the Gegee Lions Club members how best to fit patients in need with the eyeglasses in inventory. Later, it will ship another, large load of eyeglasses to serve as inventory for the ongoing work.
The Ulaanbaatar Gegee Lions have great future prospects, and their impact will be sustainable for years to come!
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