On Tuesday, August 18 the Sandy Spring Lions Club conducted free vision, hearing, and glaucoma screenings in the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit at the Montgomery County Fair. We began screening at 10:00 am and continued on until 5:00 pm. Since Tuesday was Senior Citizens Day, the majority of our screening clients were senior citizens.
This was our club’s first opportunity to do screenings in the new trailer, which is a big improvement over the bus in terms of comfort, convenience, and more modern screening equipment. Having a tent to provide shade all day long was also a welcome change.
A total of 54 screenings were provided to 34 clients. 8 Lions and one guest worked a total of 32 hours. Thanks to Lions Ed Loane, Warren Derrick, Carole Derrick, Narcy Klag, Brother Pattie, Joyce Howes, and Bill Lavely for their enthusiastic participation. A very special thanks to our guest, Dr. Maryam Esmaeli, for her assistance. In addition to doing screenings, she made many postings to social media, including the Sandy Spring Lions Facebook page. Be sure to check it out and Like!
We also have a video of King Lion Narcy Klag describing the event, courtesy of Dr. Esmaeli:
Lion Julie Thomas presents school supplies.
The Sandy Spring Lions Club presented a large selection of school supplies, including backpacks, for underserved students at Sherwood Elementary School.
Past President Lion Julie Thomas is shown making the presentation to Sherwood counselor Jennifer Fleming on August 17th.
Sign Announcing Lions Heath Screening Event
The Sandy Spring Lions held a screening event on Friday, May 15 and
Saturday, May 16 in the Olney Village Shopping Center. The event was
sponsored by EyeWorks Vision Care Center and was held in the Lions District
22-C Mobile Health Unit. EyeWorks made promotional coupons available to all
who were screened.
A total of 37 clients received vision, hearing and glaucoma screenings over
the two-day period. 11 Sandy Spring Lions spent a total of 39 hours
performing the screenings. A number of positive comments were received from
other members of the community who stopped by to ask about the project but
did not receive screenings.
On Sunday, May 17 the Mobile Health Unit participated in the Olney Days
Parade. Lions Bill Lavely, John Howes, and Don Beeson walked along with the
MHU carrying Sandy Spring Lions banners.
Thanks to Lions Bob Spiers, Brother Pattie, Julie Thomas, Luana Beeson, Tim
Conner, Ed Loane, Joyce Howes, John Howes, and Bill Lavely for their
assistance and support.
Sandy Spring Lions Proudly Serve at a Regional Health Fair
The Sandy Spring Lions Club has a long history of working at local and regional health fairs providing health screenings. Our history continued this year at the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center on January 10, 2015. Nine Lions attended, including three Past District Governors, the current King Lion and two new Lions. They performed vision screenings at the Lions District 22-C booth.
Lions Jean McCloskey, John McCloskey, and David Hull welcome community members to their free health screenings.
The Sandy Spring Lions Club and EyeWorks Vision Care Center co-hosted a screening event at Olney Village Center on Friday, May 30 and Saturday, May 31, 2014. Using the Mobile Health Unit provided by the District 22C Lions Community Outreach Foundation, the Lions provided free vision, hearing, and glaucoma screenings to members of the public from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. A total of 64 screenings were performed, with 34 clients being referred to a medical professional for further testing. Certificates for discounts on eye exams and eyeglass purchases were provided by EyeWorks for those receiving vision referrals. A local audiologist also left business cards for those receiving hearing referrals. 20 pairs of donated eyeglasses and $50 in voluntary contributions were received.
The weatherman cooperated with warm, sunny weather on both days. A total of 14 Lions contributed 46 hours of service. New Lions Anne Bucher, David Hull, John McCloskey, and Jean McCloskey were trained on the screening equipment.
Special kudos to Lion Bill Lavely for arranging delivery and return of the Mobile Health Unit to the LCOF offices at Melwood.
Lions Bill Thomas, Don Beeson, Greg Fuller, and Ann Bucher pose outside the Lions Community Outreach Foundation Mobile Health Unit
Lion Narcy unloads some corn from the overflow cooker during the busy dinner rush.
The Medstar Montgomery Hospital Women’s Board Annual Picnic and Bazaar was held on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. Over 30 members of the Sandy Spring Lions Club worked over 200 volunteer hours to help make this event happen.
The Lions started work at 7am on Saturday morning staging tent supplies. At 8am a full complement of Sandy Spring and Olney Lions arrived to help put up the tents and move them to their proper locations. At 10am we were assisted by the boys from Our House, who drove stakes and delivered tables. Tent setup was completed at 12:30pm.
On Tuesday, the day of the event, Lions helped shuck all the corn that was to be served during the day. Lion Bill Thomas also organized a complement of members to cook corn all throughout the day in 4 three-hour shifts. Utilizing a giant boiler and an overflow pot, 72 ears of corn could cook at once.
Immediately after corn cooking was complete, at 8pm, takedown commenced. All the tents were taken down and stored away for next year in 2 and a half hours of frantic activity. Many thanks to Lion Narcy for organizing the tent construction and takedown.
The Sandy Spring Lions Club participated in a project organized by Lions Narcy Klag and Alan Ballard on Saturday. The club sent about 8 Lions to a house in Ashton to help the owner, who has been ill, with an unmanagable overgrowth in her yard.
This was happening on the same weekend that Lions were volunteering at Joe’s Ride in Olney and preparing the float for the Olney Days Parade on Sunday, so it was rather hectic.
Overall the project went very well, as you can see in the photos below. We had one riding lawn mower, two push mowers, and three sets of hedge trimmers. We also had a large yard waste dumpster graciously provided by the county.
There is still some cleanup and hauling to be done so we will be organizing a few more days to work on this project in the near future.
Lion Narcy posing in the yard for the before picture.
Lion Narcy posing in the yard for the after picture