San Diego Center for the Blind

The San Diego Center for the Blind is an instructional facility helping educate newly blind persons on how to live as normal a life as possible. The Center them learn to cook, organize, clean, travel on buses and how to continue a normal life.  The Center is a major beneficiary of our club’s fundraising efforts.  The club liaison keeps in contact with the Executive Director of the Center and keeps board and members up to dateis funded solely by donations and grants.  Teachers at the Center train students, helping on the needs and developments within the Center.

Flag Service

One of our club’s fundraising activities is to provide our “flag service” to participating businesses in the Hillcrest area on eight flag holidays during the year.  These include:  President’s Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot’s Day and Veteran’s Day.  Members place and retrieve flags in front of businesses sponsoring our flag service.

Science Fair    

Each year club members attended and judge the best sight/hearing-related projects from the San Diego County Science and Engineering Fair competition.  The club also presents the winners (relating to sight or hearing) of both the Junior and the Senior divisions with a plaque and cash prize.  Division winners are invited to present at a weekly club meeting.

White Cane Fund Drive

The second weekend in October is the national “White Cane” weekend.  Lions clubs around the world sponsor various fundraising events to benefit the blind.  The committee/chair organizes and implements the club letter writing campaign and white cane displays in front of a local grocery store.

Student Speaker Contest

The chairperson conducts a club level student speaker contest from competing local high schools and arranges post club level competition from zone, regional, district and multiple district competition for the student speaker foundation with the final winner receiving monetary scholarships.  Division winners are invited to present at a weekly club meeting.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

One of our club projects is to participate in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in San Diego, CA.  For 2011, we were joined by the National City Host and the National City College Campus Lions clubs.

Thanks to their float and our band, we won an award for the Best Service Float. We have won this award several times in the past and again continue to impress the judges.

Flag Education Lessons

Another annual project is to provide a “flag history” lesson to selected 4th grade classrooms in the Hillcrest area.  Small flags are given to each student and information about flag history, courtesy and symbolism are presented to the classes.