Lions Club International was started in 1917 by a Chicago businessman who asked a simple and world-changing question: What if people put their talents to work improving their communities? 100 years later, Lions Club International is the World’s largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs. The Wolfforth Lions Club is continuing in this great tradition by giving the gift of sight. By collecting discarded pairs of glasses, they are able to repair and re-distribute them to adults in our community in need at no charge. Frenship ISD students are screened at school and those needing eyeglasses and that meet financial conditions are fitted for new glasses for just $10. It is through donations from community members and a partnership with Ginter Eye Care Center in Lubbock that this is made possible.
Donations also made possible the purchase of a vision analyzer for Frenship ISD in the Summer of 2015. This analyzer has greatly reduced the amount of time it takes the school nurses to test all the students at their campuses for vision problems.
Texas Lions Camp gives back to children each summer at their special camp in Kerrville, Texas. FISD nurses help identify children that meet criteria to go to camp at no charge. Camps are held July 1st through August 5th for children with Down Syndrome, Type 1 Diabetes, Cancer and other special needs.
Each year, the Wolfforth Lions Club also awards a scholarship, the Wolfforth Lions Vision Scholarship, to a Reese Education Center FISD graduate to help them make a college education possible.
So, what can you do to help your Wolfforth Lions Club? Donate your used eyeglasses to the Lions Club at the drop-box at Wolfforth City Hall located at 302 Main Street. Watch for the Lions Club at this year’s Harvest Festival on October 7 and give a monetary donation. You can also purchase boxes for the traditional Cow Patty Bingo with a chance to win $1,000 cash prize! Look for the Lions Club Booth in the vendor area. If you would like to become a member of the Wolfforth Lions Club, they meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Frenship Casey Professional Building located at 501 7th Street in Wolfforth. Meeting begins at 6:30am with coffee and breakfast.
For more information on the Wolfforth Lions Club and what you can do to make a difference in this community, contact Lion Boss Larry Holland at (806)795-9560 or email [email protected]