September 2 - There will be a Businees Meeting to work on our plans for the September eye screening we will be doing in the local Elementary Schools, Election Forums in October and preparing for the Home and Harvest BBQ. Location is TBD.
September 12 - 14 - Home and Harvest. Our Lions will be doing the Chicken BBQ at Tenney Farm from 5:00 PM to 7:30PM on Saturday, just prior to the fireworks display. We will also be doing eye screening in the Town Hall on September 13 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This is a free eye screening intended for children from six months up to age 18.
On July 15 our Annual Cookout was held at the Loveland’s on Franklin Pierce Lake. Our special guest was our new District Governor Melody Whitcher who updated us on plans for our District this coming year.
Vision Screenings for September !!
The Antrim Bennington Lions Club offered free vision screening for children in the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Francestown and Hancock this past February and plans to do it again the week of September 15, 2014. We will plan to test all children up to the fourth grade in these same schools. During Home and Harvest we will also be doing free eye screening in the Town Hall on September 13 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We will be using a new device called the Spot Vision Screener which has the following advantages over what was previously used.
- Works with children as young as six months
- 98% Accuracy
- Quick (usually less than one minute per child)
- Results available immediately, with eye exam recommendation for results out of expected range
It is important to screen vision in young children as if the brain cannot utilize their eyes correctly, chances of learning to see will rapidly decrease. The optimal time to correct problem is before age five, by age ten the eyes are fully developed so the earlier the vision is evaluated, the better. A eye screening can pick up the following vision anomalies:
- Astigmatism (irregularly shaped corneas or lenses)
- Myopia (nearsightedness)
- Hyperopia (farsightedness)
- Anisometropia (differences between the two eyes)
- Strabismus (misalignment of the eyes)
- Amblyopia (lazy eye)
Following is a planning meeting getting ready for the September vision screenings.
The Antrim-Bennington Lions Club is a local, community service organization which is part of Lions Clubs International , the largest voluntary service organization in the world. Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 202 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.
Our club was created in 1981 and has been providing services to the international and local community since that time. Our two major fund raising efforts (Home and Harvest BBQ and selling Christmas trees) provide funds for local efforts such as Operation Santa, Bike Rode and providing glasses for those in need. In addition we volunteer for hosting Community Suppers, vision screening for 4 to 6 year old children, holding Election forums and many more. Periodically our club takes on a major service project such as the Antrim Bennington Outdoor Guide, a 60 page guide to the outdoor resources of our communities that we published in 2009 and 2013.
Following are the Lions providing hotdogs, food and drinks at an Antrim in the Evening concert.
Lions club members are men and women who strive to make a difference in their local community as well as in communities worldwide.
Why should I become a Lion?
As a Lions club member, you can:
- make a difference everyday in your community
- provide support locally or reach out internationally
- grow personally and professionally by participating in our programs, community service projects and events
- have an impact on local and international humanitarian issues
- develop relationships with both local and international community and business leaders