On His Path John Mitchell Accepts Donated Glasses from Iowa Lions


Recently, John Mitchell of MD Orthopaedics requested assistance from Lions Clubs International for On His Path, his philanthropy organization in the form of recycled & reconditioned eye glasses. On Wednesday, September 24th, Wayland Lions Club member Brian Pattyson delivered 240 pairs of glasses to John Mitchell for distribution on his next mission trip to Guatemala. In 1917 a Chicago Businessman, Melvin Jones, encouraged his Chicago Business Circle to go beyond promoting good business practices by giving selfless service to better their community making a better world for all.

Today Lions Clubs International has 46,000 Lions Clubs in 209 Countries approaching 1.5 Million Members. Perhaps the single event having the greatest impact on Lions Clubs service commitment occurred in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions Convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” As part of that commitment Lions Clubs have been collecting and recycling used glasses, reconditioning them and providing the reconditioned glasses to those in need. You are probably familiar with the collection boxes that are positioned at various local business sites, including Walmart.

Global Membership Coordinator Pattyson remarked that 100% of all the proceeds from Lions Clubs International activities go directly to the projects they support. Any and all expenses are paid from membership dues entirely! As membership in Lions Clubs International expands around the world, we are able to do even more to serve our fellow man, living up to our motto: “We Serve.”

Submitted by: Brian Pattyson

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