Shortly after its inception in 1917, Lions Clubs International became known as the “knights of the blind” through our work with Helen Keller. Our local club here in Grand County continues the tradition of aiding those with vision problems. For school age children we have a referral program through the local school nurses. For pre-school children and adults we have teamed up with Mountain Family Center at 970-970-557-3186. Both programs enable those who are unable to afford glasses to get the help they need. Our vision coordinator for the school nurse program is Florice Lietzke (970-531-5220). Kent Wehmeyer handles the pre-school and adult programs (970-722-0110). Our club is fortunate to work closely with Scott Linn at Winter Park Optical (970-726-5652) to provide the eye exams and glasses for all our vision assistance programs.

Our Club also puts used eyeglasses to good use. We have several collection points for glasses around the County. For more information, contract Kathy Nelson at (970-726-5328).

In addition, we provide screening of very young children through the Lions KidSight program. For more information, contract Debbie Buhayar at 970-281-2800.

Add in our contributions to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute, and it’s obvious that sight is an important focus for us.