September Program: Cued Speech

Our September guest speaker

Our September guest speaker

We had a busy September regular meeting.  There was an induction of a new member and many reports of our activities that are ongoing.

We also had an excellent program:  Linda Balderson, a certified interpreter for the deaf, gave a talk on cued speech.  When used in addition to sign language, cued speech can help improve literacy in children as it allows them to learn English phonetically and translate that language to our phonetic alphabet.  Ms. Balderson told us about how, when she and her husband learned their daughter was deaf, they were able to learn how to perform cued speech in less than a week.

Cued speech works by using hand gestures near the mouth and throat to represent the different sounds that can look similar when lips are being read.  The hand gestures, instead of simple lip reading, make it much much more obvious what is being said.  Ms. Balderson works as an interpreter in college and high school classrooms, cuing all the speech that is going on in the classroom to help the deaf students follow what’s happening.


Lions Night Out @ Urban BBQ on 8/5


The Sandy Spring Lions invite you to join us at Urban BBQ in Sandy Spring on the evening of October 5th.  This is our second restaurant fundraiser where we try different restaurants around Sandy Spring.  Several Lions sampled the fare at Urban BBQ and enjoyed it immensely.  Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Tribute to Benny and the Our House boys

The Lions very much appreciate all the efforts and assistance Our House has given us over the years.  This is a much well-deserved honor for a man who runs a great program filled with hard-working young men.

Richard “Benny” Bienvenue and Our House featured on CNN Heroes

You may have seen Our House residents working in various community events, like the Strawberry Festival, Taste of Olney, Brookeville’s Bicentennial Celebration, and at Salem UMC.  Richard “Benny” Bienvenue and his Brookeville based nonprofit, Our House, have helped more than 350 at-risk young men from the Washington, D.C., area rebuild their lives.

The entire interview can be viewed at:

August Program: The Salute Military Golf Association

At the August meeting, Colonel John Barnes gave a presentation on “The Salute Military Golf Association (SMGA)” at the Sandy Spring Lions Club dinner.

SMGA provides rehabilitative golf experiences and family-inclusive golf opportunities for post-9-11 wounded war veterans in an effort to improve the quality of life for these American Heroes. Eligible veterans include those wounded or injured in post 9-11 military operations, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and /or traumatic Brain injury (TBI).

Contributions can be made to SMGA at their site.

The following video, courtesy of Maryam Esmaili, gives you a taste of the presentation.

Come to a Lions meeting and join us in seeing these excellent programs!

Lions Mobile Health Unit at Montgomery County Fair


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:

Presentation of School Supplies

Lion Julie Thomas presents school supplies.

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.

Free Health Screening in Olney

Sign in Olney MD

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.