|Having fun and enjoying fellowship while helping those in need.
Community Service: Our club serves Centerville and the surrounding community. Our club’s major community services include: payment for eye examinations and eyeglasses for those in need, blood pressure and glaucoma screening, providing eye glasses at a local health fair for migrant workers, assistance with the Golden Olympics each year, providing food as well as gifts to the needy during the holiday season and providing our Senior Citizens dinner and entertainment during Lion’s World Service Day.
We continually accept and collect used eyeglasses which are sent to the Georgia Lions Lighthouse where reusable plastic frames and lenses are sorted, tested and packaged to be used in Georgia and to medical missions and hospitals around the world.
Additionally, we sponsor hearing examinations and assistance in the purchase of hearing aids for the hearing impaired and provide information on a variety health issues to include Diabetes. We also provide financial support for youth education and activities programs.
Club Fund Raising: Our major “on the street” fund raising activities include the sale of blind-made products known as Lions Broom Sales, White Cane Days, a semiannual barbecue plate sale, an annual cake/bake sale held at the Galleria Mall, an annual golf tournament, an annual Turkey Shoot and an annual Sweetheart 5k/12 k race. As a service organization, all money collected goes directly back to those in need and to the various programs our club sponsors.
District Service: Our club includes four District Service Projects in our annual budget.
Georgia Lions Lighthouse, located in Decatur Georgia, was established in 1949. The Lighthouse provides vision and hearing care to Georgians with a financial need. The Lighthouse also works with the Georgia Lions Children’s Eye Care Center at Emory University.
Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind, located in Waycross Georgia was established in 1976. Provides the visually impaired with a residential camping experience.
Leader Dog for the Blind was started in 1939 in Rochester, Michigan. Leader Dog School trains dogs to lead blind people. Students train for 25 days at the school with their dogs.
Recording For the Blind and Dyslexic: Located in Athens Georgia, RFB&D began in 1978 and is recognized as the nation's leading educational lending library of academic and professional textbooks on audio tape from elementary through post-graduate and professional levels. Over 4,500 professionally trained volunteers produce audio and E-Text books in RFB&D's 30 recording studios.