The 46,000 Lions clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.
It’s that time of year again. You guessed it — auction season is upon us. Charity auctions are a staple for many non-profits throughout our local communities. With the onset of winter and the “can’t do” season, this seems to be the perfect time of year to offer community members a night out on the town in support of their favorite organization.
Lions throughout the world travel throughout their communities to conduct vision screenings for adults and children. It is our passion that everyone should be able to see. In Alaska, we are unique due to our limited road system so our challenges are different than most to accomplish our goal. We have teams that travel to the villages to screen, we screen at health fairs throughout the state and any school that request our assistance.
Each fall as I look out my windows in South Fork Eagle River and down the Eagle River Valley I am always amazed by mother natures’ wonder. The snow is on the high peaks and the fall colors are abundant. This community of Lions serves in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Do you know what the strongest muscle is in your body? I would guess the heart or the leg muscles, right? Well the answer is very convoluted as there are several muscle groups in our body. The extraocular muscles of the eye may be small, but their ability to carry out repeated motions is worth noting. I’ve heard it said these muscles are “100 times stronger than they need to be.” They are also referred to as the “busiest” muscles. For example, while reading a book, these eye muscles make over 10,000 coordinated movements. Eye muscles also constantly adjust the position of the eye and can fix the eye vision to a steady point. When we are asleep, the eye muscles exercise themselves by carrying out rapid eye movement to be ready for a stressful and straining day ahead.
At our quarterly cabinet meeting last weekend we had the honor of having Special Olympics Alaska, Inc., provide us with our lunch program. The program was very moving, emotional and inspiring to all in attendance.Lions throughout the world are partnering with Special Olympics and becoming a fan of sports. The Oath of Special Olympics is: “Let me Win. But If I Cannot Win, Let Me Be Brave In the Attempt.” I think we can all learn from that oath. August is the month of engaging youth and we are doing that by supporting the Special Olympics program.
I joined the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions Club in Eagle River when I was 19 years old. Before I joined the Lions Club I helped out many months with various fundraisers. The Lions Club held a fundraiser for my little brother Ty, who has a brain tumor. He needed to seek treatment at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Lions helped raise funds to help with those expenses. At that time I was so impressed with what the Lions did for my little brother. At that point I realized how much the Lions help out people with anything they need help with.
Our local Chugiak-Eagle River Relay for Life Event took place at the Harry J. MacDonald field this past weekend. 26 teams and 189 participants set up tents, campers and motorhomes around a track and members of each team took turns walking the track. Food, music, games and activities were provided by teams and volunteers during the fun filled 20 hours. This event celebrates the lives of those who have battled cancer and inspires hope by sharing accomplishments and progress with others.