Programs - October, 2014October 6, 2014 - This was our monthly Board Meeting for October, 2014. Minutes of that meeting were published on the Club's blog and made available to all Club members for their review and comment. A motion was made, seconded and approved to accept the Minutes as presented.
October 20, 2014 - Lion Sang was our Program Chairman for this October meeting. Mr. Herb Joiner, a Director of the LA Blind Children's Center, introduced Ms. Myrna Beit-Ayuaz, Activities Director for the Blind Children's Center, as our speaker for today. Mr. Joiner became involved with Blind Children's Center many years ago when his daughter was born blind and he and his wife needed help with how to best care for their daughter. After much searching for appropriate care they discovered the Blind Children's Center. Since that time (approximately 30 years) they have been actively involved with the Center.
Ms. Beit-Ayuza walked us through the Centers history and their assistance to blind children and their families. The Blind Children's Center was founded in 1938 by the Delta Gammas of Southern Califonia and is totally funded through private donations. During the past 75 years they have received no government assistance. Through private donations they must raise $2 Million + per year. They have received donations from throughout the world from places such as Africa, Israel and China. They also serve children and families worldwide. A diagnosis of blindness or multiple disabilities does not just fall on the child who has been diagnosed. All members of the Childs family need to be equipped to prepare for the challenges they will face together.
During 2013/2014 they had 528 volunteers providing 8,000 hours of service to the Center. During the 2013/2014 year the Center's donations were made up with 32% from Individuals, 13% from Corporations, 4% from Civic organizations and 51% from Foundations, plus they have fund raising events during the year. They use their funds to serve the children's entire family. They provide infant services and family services to educate the family unit as a whole to cope with the child's disability. This past year they served 104 children and 472 family members.
All services are free and available in English and Spanish. They provide Infant Services, Preschool, Kindergarten and First and Second Grades. They provide both half day and full day programs and utilize services from many different specialists.
|Blind Children's Center Director Herb Joiner introducing|
Ms. Myrna Beit-Ayuaz Activities Director
|Ms. Myrna Beit Ayuaz - Blind Children's Center|
Junior Blind provides in home programs designed for families to enhance the development of their infants and toddlers who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled. All of their services are provided free of charge. Their services are funded through donations.
|Ms. Nicole Embury - Junior Blind of America|
Program Assignments - November, 2014November 3rd - Monthly Board Meeting
November 17th - Lion Ken M.
Lions Calendar of Events:November 1st - Cabinet Member Meeting
November 8th - Upland Host Lions 90th Anniversary Party
November 18th - District Meeting
November 20th - Lion Jim and Karen Thomas
Other Items Worthy of Mention:
On Tuesday, October 21st, The Upland Interfaith Council held their annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. Eight members (Lion Jim Thomas not shown - took picture) of Upland Host Lions attended and were Supporters of the Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast.
|Upland Interfaith Prayer Breakfast|
Lions (Back to Front) Sang, Ken B., Madeleine, Terri,
Keith, Mike and Tina
The Upland/Lions Oktoberfest was held October 24th, 25th and 26 and volunteers from the Foothill Zone A Clubs all participated.
Visitations:On October 9th five members of our Club (Lion Ken B., Beverly, Sandy, Madeleine and Keith) visited the Norco Lions Club.
Adjournment: With no further items for discussion, President Ken B. Adjourned the meeting.
Next Meeting: Monday, November 3, 2014, 6:30 PM, at Maniac Mike's Café.
Leaving You With A Smile:
Have A Great Month:
Lions Keith Krumwiede
Club Secretary - 201/2015