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Commissioners dedicate week to Lions Clubs

January 14, 2004|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday proclaimed this week as Washington County Lions Clubs Community Service Week in honor of the county's Lioness, Lions and Leo Clubs' decades of community service.

The 17 clubs, of Lions Club International District 22-W, have provided more than 1 million hours of community service in 80 years.

The clubs take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community, according to the proclamation.

Members of the clubs filled nearly every seat in the County Commissioners' meeting room as Commissioners President Gregory I. Snook presented the proclamation.

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At the beginning of the presentation, Snook joked, "Typically when we have a large crowd, something's going wrong."

One of the main missions of the Lions Clubs is to provide service to the blind and visually impaired, according to the Lions Clubs International Web site.

The clubs provide thousands across the world each year with free eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print text, guide dogs, white canes and other vision-related services, according to the Web site.

The clubs collect more than 5 million pairs of eyeglasses every year, the site states.

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