Serving for sight

Campus Lions Club collects eye glasses for those in need

By Eunice Tibay
On March 8, 2018

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Members of the campus Lions Club smile before a parade.

With the motto "we serve," the student Lions Club organization is dedicated to providing community service through the eyeglass recycling center.

"Lions Club is one of the largest service organizations in the world; it’s a 100-year-old club, and it’s over one million members strong," vice president Megan Barnum, senior, said. "Lions Club motto is ‘we serve,’ and that’s exactly what we strive to do as ACLC members."

According to the organization’s president, Brenna Hudson, curing blindness is one of the missions of Lions Club International; they accept donated glasses, clean and repair them and give them to people in need for free.

"Anyone from around Tom Green County and the surrounding areas can come into the eyeglass recycling center with their prescription and get a free pair of glasses," Hudson, a senior, said.

In addition to the eyeglass recycling center, they also do fundraising, and try to give back to the ASU community by providing members with scholarships via an essay-writing contest.

"A way that we give back to Angelo State University is we give a $250 scholarship every other semester to one of our members, and it’s an essay competition," Hudson said. "So we will try to help our students with education and paying for their education and also giving them a way to have a greater impact on their school community and on the San Angelo community."

Diana Ozua, treasurer, said that, in addition to helping those in need, they also bring awareness to issues that are not widely known.

"The important causes that my club stands for are being able to help people who are in need, being able to provide care for people who need it and also to bring awareness about certain issues that not everyone knows about." Ozua, sophomore, said.

Meanwhile, Barnum also shared that they serve at the Texas Lions Camp, which is a free camp for children with type 1 diabetes, physical disabilities and Down syndrome.

"As members of the Angelo Campus Lions Club, we strive to serve in those areas, but, more specifically, we volunteer at our local eyeglass center, at the Texas Lions Camp, as well as serving the various needs of community member all over ASU and San Angelo," Barnum said.

One of the future activities of the organization will be an eyeglass drive where they will put boxes around campus for students to donate eyeglasses.

Students can join the organization by contacting Hudson via email, getting in touch with the officers of the organization or attending the meetings every third Tuesday of the month in room B302 in the library at 6 p.m.

By joining the organization, Hudson stated that students can gain experience in community service as well as get connected with the community and not just college students.

"The best part of being a member of this organization in my opinion is being able to help people in our own way," Ozua said.

For Barnum, the friendships formed between members working on a common goal make being a member of the campus Lions Club great.

"The best part about being a Lion is the camaraderie among members who have the same goal in mind, which is to serve those in need in our community," Barnum said.

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