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Our Rotary and Lions clubPosted Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 4:04 PM
There is not enough that can be said about our local Rotary and Lions Clubs in Poinsett County. The Rotary Clubs in our county are located in Harrisburg, Trumann and Marked Tree. Our local Lions Clubs are located in Weiner and Trumann.
The Rotary Club International assists in many projects, both internationally and local. Monies from Rotary have literally caused the disease of polio to come to an end. There are also other projects, such as exchange students, from other counties to the United States in exchange for our students, traveling and learning cultures from other parts of the world.
The Harrisburg Rotary Club assists for projects on the internationallevel. The club also assists in many local projects for the needy.
The Trumann Rotary Club has been formed for many years. They
basically work in the same fashion as the Harrisburg and Marked Tree clubs.
The Lions Services to the Blind, in majority, assist people who cannot afford glasses or eye and ear surgery. Also, in many cases, there is help for children during the Christmas Holidays. A good example would be with our friend, Mrs. Betty Payne, of Trumann. She has helped for many years now with the purchasing of bicycles during Christmas for children that without help, would not receive any Christmas at all.
There is a yearly Lions barbecue that Bill Teague heads. The barbecue project has occurred since 1967. Joe Waleszonia is in charge of the yearly Golf Tournament. This project has been going now for about seven years. The Weiner Lions Club sponsors an annual dinner night. The tickets are $100 and monies go to local projects and basically to the projects previously mentioned, as the Lions Club in Trumann.
The monies received from the Lions goes basically in three directions. A portion goes to Mid South Sight and Hearing in Memphis. Another portion goes to Lions World Services for the Blind in Little Rock. Then, another portion goes to Leader Dog for the Blind in Michigan.
Mid South Sight and Hearing assists children and also adults. The help ranges from cataract surgery to the actual straightening of eyes into normal positioning. They also help in correction of hearing.
Lions World Services to the Blind teaches blind persons brail and the teaching of computers that are especially functioned for persons who are blind. The Leader Dog program raises and teaches dogs to lead the blind. The dogs are equipped with computers to let the dogs know when the blind person reaches an intersection for protection.
We are so gifted to have these two organizations within our communities. The cost for membership dues is very minimum.
If you have just a little extra time, take time out and join one of these fine organizations. Not only will you be helping people in need, it will help you, by knowing that you are helping humanity and your local community.