Who- James City Lions Club
Mission- Our core mission is to help with the Sight, Hearing and Diabetes needs of those less fortunate in the Greater Williamsburg community.
What We Do- The James City Lions Club conducts vision screening of incoming pre-school, kindergarten and third grade students during October each year at six Williamsburg-James City County (WJCC) Elementary Schools. Additionally, vision screening of Head Start students are conducted at Norge Elementary School. Hearing screening of Head Start students are conducted at the Waller Mill site, Norge and James River Elementary Schools. Vision and hearing problems for children, when identified, are referred to the parents to seek professional care. The Club uses a Sight and Hearing Van several times annually to screen adults. Vision screenings of needy adults on a regular basis are also conducted by volunteers at the Olde Town Medical and Dental Center's fully functioning eye clinic. Recycling of eyeglasses is an additional major effort of the Club. Used glasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription and distributed throughout the United States and overseas. The Club helped establish Diabetes Awareness Programs at the Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center, the YMCA and the Angels of Mercy Clinic. These programs are aimed at family diabetes counseling and control. Hunger relief is another area of focus -the Club supports the Greater Williamsburg Community Kitchen by purchasing, preparing and serving lunch to about 40 needy people every six weeks throughout the year. The Club also puts together several food baskets for needy families during Christmas and Thanksgiving each year. In 2018, Pediatric Cancer became still another focus area-the Club is exploring partnerships with several organizations to help address this disease. Although outside our core mission, service projects such as the United Way Day of Caring, Adopt-a-Highway and Salvation Army bell ringing are an important adjunct part of the Club's volunteer activities and they serve to help make Greater Williamsburg a better community. Additionally, the Club's youth oriented activities include a scholarship award, a peace poster contest and a youth exchange program. Monies to support the Club's many service operations is raised through a Cinco de Mayo social, Lions of Virginia Foundation raffle ticket sales, twice yearly White Cane Days fund raisers and an annual James City Lions Charity Golf Tournament. James City Lions Club members take Lionism to heart and their motto "We Serve" manifests itself in their every Club endeavor.
History- The James City Lions Club was founded in 1998 as a spin-off of the Williamsburg Lions Club. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.7 million members in over 48,000 clubs around the world.
Members- Club membership has grown nearly threefold since chartered in 1998-from 28 Lions to 81 Lions as of December 1st.
Top this- In October 2018, James City Lions Club volunteers worked 126 hours to screen 1343 pre-school, kindergarten and third grade students for vision problem identification.
To Join - New members are always welcome-call Lion Mike Boyer (membership chair) @ 757-208-0765.
When & Where - Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday each month (except Nov and Dec) at 7:30 AM at Sandy's Pancake and Waffle House on Richmond Road.
Leader - Jack Reitz, Club President,
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