At a recent Rockford Lions Club meeting, Lion Nancee DeVogel was presented with the highest form of recognition by the Lions Clubs’ International Foundation. Receiving a plaque reading, “For Dedicated Humanitarian Service,” DeVogel was named a Melvin Jones Fellow for her service to her club, her Lions district and especially for her work with the Welcome Homes project serving the needs of the blind. Welcome Homes, a project of the Michigan Lions Clubs, originated in Grand Rapids as a home haven for the elderly blind. DeVogel, an employee and a Lion, serves Welcome Homes as their liaison to the state organization. Recognizing that need had outgrown their facility, the Lions-with DeVogel spearheading the program-have expanded this service to include the normal retirement home through the training of staff to meet the specialized needs of the blind. Now, eight retirement homes are trained and capable of accepting blind guests with more homes on the way. For more information on Welcome Homes or the Rockford Lions Club, call (616) 866-4193.
Rockford Lions Club
At the final, formal meeting of the Rockford Lions Club, the founders and managers of The Sight Seer Radio Reading Service were welcomed as new members. New Lions Ken and Ruth Van Prooyen founded this 24/7 FREE radio reading service twenty six years ago to meet the educational and informational needs of those unable to read for themselves due to vision impairment or physical disablity. Reading a wide variety of printed material ranging from the newspapers to novels to magazine articles, this service of 130 volunteers pride themselves on bringing the printed word to life for their impaired neighbors-twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. A FREE service, The Sight Seer started as a local broadcaster but now through the magic of the Internet is heard worldwide. Recognizing the VanProoyen’s contribution to the blind and visually impaired, the Lion Clubs of our immediate West Michigan Area have designated this service as one of their District 11C1 Projects – and the Van Prooyens, in turn, gratefully accepted the Rockford club’s invitation to membership. Information on The Sight Seer’s FREE service is available by calling 616-235-0020 or by calling up their Web Site www.thesightseer.org. Echoing the Lions motto “WE SERVE”, The Sight Seer serves those shut off from the printed word. If this is you-or someone you know, contact The Sight Seer and “read” again.