Globe is a welcoming community. Since our arrival, we’ve experienced the warmth of a small town, flavored with an obvious pride in and celebration of the area’s many accomplishments, past and present, whether in mining, ranching, education, business enterprises but especially the cultural traditions of the area’s people.
When I transferred my Lions Club membership from Vian, Okla. (a smaller town in eastern Oklahoma) to the Globe Lions Club (active since 1929), I was enthusiastically welcomed to join in the club’s many activities. Once again, the club thanks the community for its generous support of its fundraiser booth at the Gila County Fair.
Just what is a Lions Club? It’s a group of community “do-ers” who work together to help in the fight to prevent blindness, and who support and help with vision projects for children and adults throughout the world. Each club is unique, but is also a part of the world’s largest service organization, located in more than 205 countries and communities.
Lions clubs recycle eyeglasses for distribution to those in need at home and abroad, conduct vision screenings, provide assistance to the vision-impaired, fund research projects for cures for waterborne diseases that affect vision, provide help in natural disasters, build parks, maintain eye banks and much more.
Each club helps support the needs of its local community. These needs might be assistance in procuring eyeglasses, hearing aids, several scholarships including Lions Club Camps for vision impaired children, participating in efforts to educate about diabetes prevention, and, promoting and partnering with other organizations for youth activities such as “Reach Out and Read,” as part of Arizona’s “Read On” and “First Things First” campaigns. Money raised for local projects stays in the community to support its needs. There’s only one club motto worldwide: “We Serve.”
Globe Lions Club meets the second Thursday of each month at DeMarco’s Italian Restaurant at 6 p.m. More information about Lions Clubs can be found at www.lionsclubs.org or by contacting Audrey Opitz, Membership Chairman, at 928-425-2751, or me at 925-793-5005.