Information for Sight Chairperson
Organize Vision Service Projects
Organize vision service projects in your area by becoming a sight chairperson in your club or district. Motivate clubs to undertake service projects that:
- Provide programs and assistance to aid children and adults who are blind or have low vision
- Promote eye health and eye safety to eliminate preventable blindness.
The district sight chairperson is appointed by the district governor; the multiple district sight chairperson is appointed by the council chairperson. By working together, multiple district, district and club sight chairpersons can organize effective service projects in their communities.
Sight Chairperson Responsibilities
- Evaluate the effectiveness of current club-level and district level vision projects.
- Develop goals and an overall district action plan.
- Submit the plan for the district governor’s or council chairperson’s approval.
Communicate goals and project ideas:
- Inform clubs through the multiple district or district websites, an open letter in the council chairperson’s or district governor’s newsletter, e-mails, letters, phone calls or personal visits.
Incorporate new project ideas contributed by clubs:
- Encourage clubs to share news of their vision projects.
- Avoid duplication of local, regional or national programs.
- Work with local health care professionals to determine community needs and provide the most appropriate services.
Arrange seminars and workshops for club chairpersons:
- Provide educational resources and information on eye health and eye safety.
- Invite eye care professionals as speakers to help motivate clubs to participate.
- Discuss projects that can provide outreach to adults and children in the community who are blind or have low vision.
- Find out how the district can further support clubs in planning sight projects.
Report vision service projects to the district cabinet and to the local media:
- Share news about vision projects with the multiple district or district public relations chairperson.
- Submit stories and photos via the Lions Clubs International social media.
A variety of resources are available to assist you in your role as sight chairperson:
- 20 Ideas for Vision Service Projects (iad457)
- LCI sight programs include:
Lions Eye Health Program (LEHP)
Lions Eye Bank Program
Lions Eyeglass Recycling Program
- Reading Action Program: Chairpersons can help to organize vision screenings in support of the LCI Reading Action Program and can support the use of assistive technology and Braille to enhance literacy for adults and children with vision loss.
- Special days and events, such as the Sharing the Vision Campaign, can help to mobilize clubs throughout the district.
- LCI sight partners and organizations can provide additional information and resources to enhance community awareness and action.
- The National Eye Institute (NEI) has a limited supply of free materials on eye health and eye diseases for USA Lions. Access the NEI online catalog. Orders may be placed by e-mail to Rosie Janiszewski, or by phone at 301-496-5248. You must identify yourself as a Lion in order to access materials for free.
- Additional resources include:
LCI board policy – Chapter I: Section F
Lions Recreational Camps for people with vision loss
Guide Dog Schools
Sight and Sound Newsletter
LCI Service Activities webinars
Lions Learning Center
Public Relations Tools
LCIF Grant Funding
Learn more about SightFirst grants.
Multiple district chairs, district chairs and clubs can receive awards in recognition of their service for Sight Preservation, Awareness and Action:
- On behalf of the Association, the council chairperson and district governor may present an award to the multiple district sight chair or district sight chair that has shown outstanding leadership in furthering the Sight Preservation, Awareness and Action Program by meeting the multiple district or district award criteria, respectively.
- On behalf of the Association, the district governor may present the Excellence in Effort Award to one club in the district that has been the most active with vision projects and activities.
Health and Children’s Services
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Reading Action Program
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Lions Clubs International
300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842