Lions visit College of the Blind

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Newly elected Manila Lion President Donnie Wager presided over the regular meeting on Wednesday. Guests, John Parsley and Jerry Pentecost, were introduced. Pentecost is the new Methodist minister and has been a Lion member in Black Rock. He is in the process of transferring to the Manila Lions Club.

Lion Tom Jaco gave a report on his recent visit to the college for the blind in Little Rock. Jaco and Lion Leroy Douglas toured the facility. The college for the blind is supported by Lions Clubs.

"It was a very informative, interesting tour," Jaco said. "It is amazing what the students learn."

Jaco said they were treated to a luncheon.

"After we filled our plates, we were given blindfolds and finished our meal wearing the blindfolds," he said. "We had the advantage because we did fill our plates before we put on the blindfolds. We saw how students are taught to count money. The coins are not a problem but they have to depend on others for the bills. There is pending legislation on putting Braille on bills. We saw how technology is being used to help them match colors of their clothes, training for small engine and bicycle repair, cooking classes, and much more."

Jaco suggested any Lion who has the opportunity to visit the school should go.

"They do a tremendous job there training the sight impaired to live independent lives," Jaco said.

Jaco presented a certificate to the club thanking and recognizing the Manila Lions for their contributions to the school.

Lion Terry Carr encouraged Lions to work on getting the membership up.

Lions discussed the upcoming chili cook-off and next year's car show set for the last Saturday in March.

The Manila Lions meet on Wednesday at noon at the Manila Depot.

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