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District 33Y Lions EyeMobile


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Mission:

To carry out their mission of "We Serve," the Lions Clubs of District 33-Y of Western Massachusetts will purchase and operate an EyeMobile to provide a new level of service to their communities.

The EyeMobile will provide a vital service by facilitating the detection of:

Purpose:  

The specially equipped mobile unit will travel to communities throughout Western Massachusetts, District 33-Y. It will provide free health screening for vision, glaucoma, hearing, diabetes, and blood pressure. Local Lions Clubs members and professional community health volunteers will staff the 33-Y Lions EyeMobile.

Lions Clubs all over the world are dedicated to help citizens preserve their vision and hearing. For the service oriented group such as the Lions, conducting health screenings is a very grassroots way that we can have a direct and positive impact on our citizens, especially the elderly and children.

History: 

In 1999, during his year as District Governor, Arthur "Art" Thomas sparked the idea and named Lions Clubs members of District 33Y to study the needs for a District EyeMobile. The other four districts comprising the Multiple District 33 of Massachusetts had purchased and are operating a mobile vision and hearing unit, mostly called "eyemobiles." District Governors Thomas Kowal and William Rathbun continued to encourage the district to consider purchasing an EyeMobile, naming then Vice District Governor Pamela Hodgkins and PDG Art Thomas as Co-Chairpersons of the Committee.

In 2001, District Governor Pam Hodgkins made the formal proposal to the voting cabinet and the new project to purchase an EyeMobile was adopted. During 2002, DG Pam and PDG Art held committee meetings and collated the data from their research across the state, and in April 2003, during District Governor Jean Martin's term of office, Officers and Directors for the EyeMobile were voted into office.

The corporation was formed as the Massachusetts Lions District 33Y EyeMobile, Inc., and received its 501(c)3 tax exempt status. During District Governor James Gracia's term of office, the corporation was officially registered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We received a $75,000 matching grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation, which we have matched.

Current Status:

We purchased a Winnebago from Diamond RV in Hatfield. The exterior has been decorated. Thanks to grants, donations from clubs and private citizens and from the Liosn Orthoptic Clinic, we just about have sufficient funds to equip the EyeMobile. Clubs are already requesting the EyeMobile and it will be appearing in parades and at other functions around Western Massachusetts as we equip it. Once it is equipped, clubs will be able to request it  for screenings.



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EyeMobile Trifold, in Microsoft Word: Click to Download

Eyemobile Officers  for 2006 - 2007

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Most eyemobiles have a vision acuity screening device for distance, blood pressure screening, oxygen saturation in the blood screening, hearing screening at 3 different decibels (1000,2000, and 3000), glaucoma screening (a puff of air is directed into the eye to test the pressure in the eyes), and a Non-Mydriatic Retinal Camera (that means the irises don't have to be dialated) which takes a picture of the back of the eye, which detects macular degeneration, glaucoma, druisis. The picture from the camera is sent to a specialist for review. We don't yet know how ours will be equipped but you can be sure our committee will put a lot of thought into it.



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