University of North Texas Eye Research Institute

     On Monday Morning, October 30th, the University of North Texas Eye Research Institute dedicated a new van to provide vision screening for children in our community. UNT has continued to be a valued partner in our community supporting vision screening efforts along with Lions. We worked with UNT and the North Texas Eye Research Institute at the Saginaw Back to School program in August, Hope Farm and the Hispanic Wellness programs. Our lions provided some of the initial training to the UNT staff and students to get them started in these local community service programs.
     Two Lions attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday. LOEB 2nd VP Michelle Greco and past president Jon Niemczyk were there to meet the staff and local officials at the dedication. Mayor Betsy Price spoke as did the president of UNT. The van is very recognizable and has seating inside to conduct screenings using their Plusoptix S12s. UNT is working with local preschool children thru Ft Worth ISD.

SIGHT PRESERVATION, AWARENESS, & ACTION

What does it mean to be a Lion who supports sight preservation, awareness and action? It means that as an organization and as individuals, we want to take a leadership role to help all people retain our very special gift of sight. Sometimes we take it for granted yet when we do have a vision problem, it makes a big impact on our life. Often, vision problems are preventable too.

That’s where we as Lions step up. Our actions at vision screenings, our ability to discuss vision issues with our family and friends and our willingness to take action may make the difference in someone’s life. Yes, we can change the world one person at a time.

Our Colleyville Club has 23 Lions that are truly Visionaries and who have been involved in vision screenings this year. As the largest Lions Club in District 2E2, we can make a big impact on the lives of children’s and adults in our community. We also get to see how our actions are making a difference. Simply ask the parents of a child that got screened last year and who now wears glasses. Their self-esteem, attitude and ability to thrive has soared. 80% of what we learn is thru our sense of sight. Poor vision can be a life long barrier for growth and happiness. We can change that.

Two recent screenings events included the GCISD Back to School and the Six Stones Health Fairs. Our Lions screened over 300 children and referred nearly 50% for additional services and potentially an eye exam.

Two upcoming events include:

  • Empowering Seniors- October 6 9-2:00PM. An adult health fair at the Six Stones Community Center from
  • Hope Farm Fall Extravaganza- October 28, 12:00-3:00 at the Hope Farm campus. Both children and adults will be screened.

How can you be part of these next programs? You can sign up with Lion Jon Niemczyk or Stan Hall to be a volunteer. You can also take a 2½ hour certification class to learn to use the screening instruments. There are two different types, one for children and one for adults.

Lions are committed to provide service and support for those in need. Please become one of our Colleyville Visionaries!

Vision Therapy Center

I just received an excellent newsletter from the Vision Therapy Center that highlights  a number of children vision issues and in particular, the limitations of using the Snellen Chart to determine visual issues. Currently the State of Texas recommends the Snellen Chart for most of their vision testing requirements. They have allowed for the use of photo refractors for pre-school children and those that have special needs/ non-verbal. We do hope that the state continues to expand the use of a more comprehensive vision screening tool.  Lions in our district are certified to use these instruments which can help identify visual issues that the Chart misses. Bottom-line, we all need to encourage parents to get their child in for a comprehensive eye exam, much like a sports physical from a local eye care professional, before they turn 8. Even younger if there is any indication of amblyopia.
Please consider this an education resource and one that you can receive as part of their mailing list and pass it along to others.
Let’s Serve!
 Lion Jon Niemczyk

 

 

We’re overa month into the school year, and this is when functional vision problems start to emerge — even among kids who have never struggled in school before.

Why? Because as children advance a grade level, the functional vision problems that they’ve managed to adapt to suddenly become too much to overcome. The reading becomes too challenging, the print too small, the homework too much.

We detailed these issues in the post “Is Your Child Struggling in School After the First 30 Days?”

If your child starts to show these symptoms take the Vision Quiz. It’s a good way to indicate if your child has a functional vision problem.

The Vision Therapy Center <contact@thevtc.com>

Southwestern Medical Transplant Service Center

On Friday, July 28, 2nd Vice District Governor Vince Rosen and District Sight Preservation, Awareness & Action Chair Jon Niemczyk, members of the Colleyville Lions Club, presented an $800 donation check to E. Richard Jordan, Associate Director of the Southwestern Medical Center Transplant Service Center. These funds will provide medical care and support the training of physician, healthcare professional and medical scientists of the future.

District 2E2 Lions have supported the Transplant Services Center by providing education, awareness and funding in our community about the value and benefits of tissue donation. Tissue donations can include corneas, skin, bone, heart values and connective tissues. Cornea donations can restore sight in children and adults suffering from cornea damage and disease. Go to www.DonateLifeTexas.org to become a donor.

A recent Channel 11 news show highlighted the impact that a Southlake Fireman’s family made through the donation of his tissue. You can see the show at:

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/06/16/north-texas-firefighter-gives-gift-of-life-even-after-death/

Each year, our District participates in two events that focus on the impact that tissue and organ donation can make in our community. Please plan to attend the Thanksgiving Remembrance at the Gooch Center in Dallas on Sunday, November 19th and the Garden of Life Remembrance at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on April 14th.

2017 CLC Installation Dinner

The Colleyville Lions Club Installed new officers on July 6, 2017. Outgoing President Lion Juneria Berges and Incoming President Lion David Phelps.

Colleyville Lions Meeting Venue Change

Beginning July 7, 2017 the Colleyville Lions will meet at the First Methodist Church of Colleyville, 1000 Church St., in the Event Center. Park in the North parking lot by the Prayer Garden and enter through Door 3 or 4.

 

 

Leader Dog Support

Lions Charlie Bethard, John Paul Burnett and Vince Rosen presented Melissa Weisse a check in support of Leader Dog at the State Convention in San Antonio.

 

TEXAS HOUSE HONORING LIONS INTERNATIONAL CENTENNIAL

April 3, 2017 The Texas House of Representatives passed a resolution to honor our Lions International Centennial. That resolution was sponsored by our State Representative, Lion Gio Caprigilione of Southlake. Approximately 50 Lions from all over the state were there. Colleyville Lions Club and District 2 E-2 were represented by Lions Charlie Bethards, John Paul Burnett, Stan Hall and Chuck Mogged.

Colleyville Lions Club Knights of Sight Golf Tournament

2017 Colleyville Lions Charity Scramble Golf Tournament- March 27th

Colleyville Lions Annual

Knights of Sight

Charity Scramble Golf Tournament

Held at Texas Star Golf Course
1400 Texas Star Parkway

4 Player Teams (Men or Women)
Box Lunch & Dinner Provided

Monday, March 27th, 2017 
Event Starts at 11:30
1:00 pm Shotgun Start

Click here for registration form

Golf Tournament Super Ticket

Come join the Colleyville Lions Club for our Annual Knights of Sight Golf Tournament at the Texas Star Golf Couse in Euless.

Event Registration Form

Please make checks to: Colleyville Lions Club, 1313 Chatsworth Ct. East, Colleyville, TX 76034
or email to vince@rosenhome.com to ask questions of the Tournament Chairman, Vince Rosen.

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