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Members List:

President:
PDG Jordan Burick
1st VP:
Bambi Porter
2nd VP:
Jack Salyers
Secretary:
Connie Burick
Treasurer:
Francis (Pat) Wathen
Membership Director:
Raymond Gamache
Lion Tamer:
Connie Snyder
Tail Twister:
Cathy Hesterberg
1-Year Director:
Jerry Hill
Carolyn Rogers
2-Year Director:
Lourdes (Lula) Gamache
Ellsworth (Ell) Geib
Immediate Past President:
Raymond Gamache
Director Emeritus:
PDG Jordan Burick
Member:
Jay Bala
Jerry Batterton
Carol Batterton
Jim Boarman III
Mark Bogdan
Dale Bogdan
Calvin Compton
David Evans
Nathan Foster
Kelly Foster
Fatima Haziq
Theresa Hendricks
Ed Holt, Jr.
Mitzi Kelley
Margaret Knowland
Rev. Robert (Pappy) Kosty
Jim Lauber
Hammad Matin
Ed McKenzie
Donna McKenzie
Roger Merrick
Judy Merrick
Dan Merrick
Harrieton (Mike) Merritt
John Morrill, Jr.
Frank Pope
Darrel Rogers
Ed Scott
Marie Scott
Dale Speake
Adrian Sutten
Jenny Wathen
John Welch
Phil Wilk
Joann Worden
Carl Yorio
Life Member:
Rodger Snyder
Connie Snyder
PDG Donald Wilson
John Wright
Privileged Member:
John Mitchell, Jr.
Wayne Smith
Member-At-Large:
John Wright
Newsletter Editor
:
Ellsworth (Ell) Geib
Webmaster
:
Ellswoth (Ell) Geib

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LA PLATA LIONS CLUB FOUNDATION

LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL

LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL SIGHT PROGRAMS

LEADER DOGS FOR THE BLIND

LIONS EYE HEALTH PROGRAM (LEHP)

LIONS DISTRICT 22-C

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LION MAGAZINE

TOWN INFORMATION, LA PLATA
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Welcome

The La Plata Lions Club is a nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services for the visually impaired, those who suffer from diabetes, and those who may suffer from hearing loss. All profits of fundraising activities go towards financing free testing and early detection of these medical conditions. The Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at Marie’s Diner located at 6325 Crain Highway in La Plata, MD.

See the Community Service Events section of this website to see a list of the services we provide. Members are welcome. If you would like to join the La Plata Lions, send a message or call (301) 934-4203. We will contact you and arrange a date to attend the general meeting.

The Lions’ motto, “We Serve” sums up the central purpose of Lions Clubs Internationally – voluntary service to their community, nation and the world. Join us as we make a positive difference today!


Back row: Lions Larry Ferris, Ed Holt, Connie Burick, Carol Batterton, and Dale Bogdan

Front row: Lions Jordan Burick, Carolyn Rogers (Team Leader), and Jerry Batterton

LA PLATA LIONS PRESCHOOL VISION SCREENING TEAM SCREENED 1,239 CHILDREN DURING 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

The ability to see clearly is an important tool for children as they learn. It becomes especially important as they near school age and when they begin school. A young child may have a vision problem that is not apparent either to them or to their parents. This can lead to learning problems for the child. Specialized cameras have been developed in recent years that can be used to screen pre-school children for vision problems

The first of these cameras screened only for amblyopia (lazy eye). Amblyopia is the most common cause of visual impairment among children, affecting approximately 2 to 3 out of every 100 children. Unless it is successfully treated in early childhood, amblyopia usually persists into adulthood. It is also the most common cause of monocular (one eye) visual impairment among young and middle-aged adults. Treating amblyopia involves forcing the child to use the eye with weaker vision. Two common ways to treat amblyopia are an adhesive patch covering the stronger eye or atropine drops in the stronger eye.

This camera was a modified Polaroid camera and required two clear photos to be taken. This was often difficult when the subject was a wiggling 3-year old child. The photos then had to be sent to a university for evaluation. Results could take as long as three months.

A few years ago, a new more advanced camera, the PlusOptix S12 Mobile Screener, became available that allowed binocular testing of both eyes within 1 second. These special pediatric cameras take a photo of the eyes and evaluate for: anisometropia (unequal refractive power), astigmatism (deviation from spherical curvature), hyperopia (far sightedness), myopia (near sightedness), and strabismus (abnormal alignment). All of these conditions can lead to amblyopia (lazy eye). A printout tells whether a child has Passed or is Referred. Children who are “REFERRED” receive a form with a printout from the camera to take to a pediatric ophthalmologist for professional diagnosis and treatment.


PlusOptix S12 Mobile Screener

The La Plata Lions Club has been screening pre-school children since the first of these specialized pediatric cameras came out. When members of the Charles County Health Department observed club members doing screenings at a public health event using the new PlusOptix cameras, they asked if we could expand our efforts to include the public schools. In cooperation with the Health Department, the La Plata Lions expanded their program. When this expanded program began creating scheduling problems to use the cameras, the La Plata Lions Club then purchased two of the PlusOptix cameras and necessary accessories.

The La Plata Lions Preschool Vision Screening (PVS) team screened a grand total of 1,239 preschool children during the 2017-2018 club year. The total number of referrals was 253. That means 253 children will hopefully be evaluated by eye-care professionals and will have improved vision that will increase their opportunities for the educational success they deserve.

The members of the PVS team spent many hours traveling many miles to ALL of the 22 Charles County Public Elementary Schools, 19 church sponsored preschools and private centers, and the Charles County Head Start to perform the screenings beginning August 17, 2017 and ending March 27, 2018.

The energetic, hard-working La Plata Lions PVS team members were: Jordan Burick, Connie Burick, Carolyn Rogers, Ed Holt, Dale Bogdan, Larry Ferris, Jerry Batterton, and Carol Batterton. Team Leader Carolyn Rogers worked closely with Charles County Public School nurses scheduling the screening dates, and the school nurses recorded the results and did follow-up with children who received referrals. It was a super team project that will improve the school success and lives of 253 precious children who will become future leaders.


 
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