OPINION: Lions Clubs steeped in service

In our Bethlehem community we hold an annual picnic for the senior citizens, and pursue projects such as Adopt-a-Highway clean-up for a long section of Route 85, collect stamps for recreation for disabled Veterans, collect eyeglasses for redistribution, provide financial support to the Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany (NABA) and once a year we collect canned goods for the local food pantry. We financially assist needy persons with the purchase of eye glasses and hearing aids and provide referrals to the Lions Eye Institute in Slingerlands.

The Bethlehem Lions Club has a guest speaker program to provide a platform to individuals from the community and various professions to give us insight into their work and how it benefits our community and how we can be of assistance if needed.

At the above-mentioned joint-meeting of the area’s service organization’s many experiences were shared by those in attendance that highlighted the value of their organizations service to the community. Efficient collaboration among the various organizations is a goal that will assure improved service to our community.

We all agreed that today the world is very different from the times when our organizations were founded. Thanks to Lions Clubs International there is now support for research on diseases of the eye, medical treatments, reconstructive surgery, and the provision of services to improve the quality of life for persons with impaired vision, loss of hearing or sight. But these resources don’t just happen. Yes money is important, but the Lions are not asking you for money. More important than money is the involvement of community neighbors and friends like you.

The Bethlehem Lions Club is open to new members who are committed to provide community service by donating their time and talent to raise funds by selling Christmas trees, serving at pancake breakfasts, etc. and to participate in club activities such as the Adopt-a-Highway program and senior picnic.

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