Thursday, March 15, 2012

Membership Night!!

We would like to invite everyone to our Membership Night 2012, to be held on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 from 7-9pm.

Special thanks to Lion Todd Tuckey who has invited us to TNT Amusements in Southampton to enjoy nearly 80 different arcade size video games, pinball machines, driving & skill games. There's even a jukebox! There's never any fussing with tokens or coins, everyone plays continuously.

We'll be serving pizza and beverages — please bring your whole family! Learn about the Horsham Lions Club while the kids enjoy the games, then GO ENJOY THEM YOURSELF!

There is no cost for this event, however please RSVP to Andy, 267-714-8884 or for directions or more information

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Generosity Despite Loss

Meet Debbie Sharon and her daughter Misty.

Early in February, Debbie lost her husband Ralph to a brain tumor. No more than a week after his passing, she contacted the Horsham Lions Club to donate something very special.

You see, Ralph had been legally blind for many years. Over the years he had acquired several essential vision assistance tools to help him through everyday life. Debbie wanted to make sure these tools were donated to someone who would benefit from them.

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One of the tools Ralph used, shown at left, was a "video magnifier". A book is placed under a special lens, and the image is magnified and displayed on a television attached to the device.

For Ralph, this device was a tremendous help.

Debbie contacted us to make sure that his magnifier would not go to waste, and would be able to help others with severe vision impairment.

After making several phone calls, we found a fantastic new home for Ralph's trusty magnifier. The Montgomery County Association for the Blind (MCAB), located in North Wales, has a program in which devices such as this are loaned out to vision-impaired residents of Montgomery County. The loaner program is so popular, that as soon as a device is returned to MCAB headquarters, another individual requests one. The Horsham Lions will be delivering Ralph's magnifier to MCAB this week.

The Sharon family also donated a large-print dictionary, and special extremely high-powered eyeglasses. The Horsham Lions found a home for the dictionary with the Horsham Township Library. The eyeglasses were given to Horsham ophthalmologist Dr. Dave McPhillips of Primary Eye Care Associates. Dr. McPhillips told us that as chance would have it, one of his patients was sorely in need of eyeglasses like this, and insurance would not cover it. We were pleased that the eyeglasses have found a new home this way.

Lastly, we'd like to thank the Sharon family for their generosity despite their recent loss. All of us respect their courage and strength to seek new homes for these tools, so soon after such a great loss.

*** UPDATE 3/9/2012 ***

The device was dropped off at MCAB on Thursday March 8th. Picutred above are MCAB administrative director David Sherwin, and administrative assistant Deena Laver.

MCAB was expecting one or more groups to come tour their offices on the 8th and 9th, and chose to leave the CCTV set up in their lobby area for the groups to see. The CCTV will be put into circulation immediately afterward.

Greetings from the Mount Rushmore State!

The Horsham Lions were pleased to have as our guests Lion Marie Anne Ben and her mother Susan. Marie belongs to the Lions Club in Vemillion, South Dakota. She had come to Warminster this week to visit her mother Susan, and had inquired if she could attend our March 1st meeting.

As is the case when any Lions from different clubs meet, we exchanged fundraising ideas, great stories of club happenings, and encouragement to continue in the spirit of Lions worldwide.