October 7 to be considered ‘Lions Day’ in Michigan

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LANSING, Mich.— The Michigan Senate has adopted a resolution by Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, declaring Oct. 7, 2012 Lions day in the state.

Senate Resolution 0176 recognizes the history of Lions Clubs and the contributions of its members.

According to the declaration, Michigan is home to more than 12,000 Lions members, both men and women, in more than 500 clubs. Around the globe, there are more than 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs, making them the world’s largest service club organization.

“Lions Clubs and their members have, for 95 years, dedicated themselves to assisting the visually impaired access the aid and the services they need to enjoy a quality lifestyle,” said Green, himself a Lion. “But their mission goes beyond this and extends into uplifting entire communities.”

Lions Clubs were founded in 1917. Their guiding philosophy was most significantly shaped in 1925 after Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

Since that speech, their primary focus has been to serve the blind and the visually impaired.

Their support also includes underprivileged kids, senior citizens, and many more. In Michigan, the four key state projects include Leader Dogs for the Blind, Michigan Eye Bank, Bear Lake Camp, and Lions of Michigan Foundation.

“Lions are empowered to serve their communities and meet the unique needs of each community,” Green said. “Because of Lions and other devoted service clubs, we live in a better world.”

SR 0176 was sent to the Lions of Michigan Council of Governors and the Lions of Michigan State Office.