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Letter: Joliet Noon Lion’s Club is on the move

8/2/2017, 5:24 p.m.
The Joliet Noon Lions Club is one of over 43,000 Lions Clubs worldwide. The Lions’ motto, “We Serve,” describes what ...

The Joliet Noon Lions Club is one of over 43,000 Lions Clubs worldwide.

The Lions’ motto, “We Serve,” describes what we do.

Lions International recently celebrated its 100th Birthday and the Joliet Noon Club was chartered as one of the early clubs in 1921.

In 1954, Lions International established a contest for a motto and received responses from over 6,000 members worldwide.

The motto requirements were that it be enduring, international in character, easily translatable, not wordy, descriptive of our work, and no longer than five words.

Of all the suggestions, there were eleven suggestions for “We Serve” from Lion D. A. Stevenson of Fonthill, Ontario, Canada.

“We Serve” is simple, but powerful, and describes exactly what Lions do by serving our community and its needs, providing exams and corrective sight and hearing equipment, projects like sight, hearing and diabetic screenings, and promoting research and funding to combat such illnesses as river blindness, diabetes, and pediatric cancer.

Additionally, we also operate a special needs camp, Camp Lion, operate state glaucoma and hearing testing vans, along with low-vision clinics.

During the month of August, the Joliet Noon Lions will be assisting at the Bicentennial Park in Joliet on Thursday evenings, and will hold at least one eye screening on a Thursday to be announced.

Additionally, on August 3, 2017, the club will perform eye screenings at the Back To School Fair at St. Francis Academy.

We’ll also participate in “Princess Night” raffle on August 11, at the Slammers ball game, and will host a community screening at Senior Services in Joliet on Wednesday, August 23, from noon until 3:00 p.m.

On Saturday, August 26, there will be an eye screening at the downtown library in Joliet on Chicago Street.

Mark Turk

Joliet