"I call upon you to be Knights for the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness," Helen Keller 

Lions Andrean Iwicki and Phyllis and Carl Andreasen serving at the White Cane Sale

Lions Edward Clementson & Larry Mansier at the Lions White Cane Sale
White Cane Sale

White Cane Sales are an important fund raising activity for Lions Clubs everywhere. The money raised goes directly to supporting sight projects approved by Lions Clubs in the state. Some focused
Hopewell Valley Lions White Cane fund drives have raised money for an Eye Research Chair at the NJ University of Medicine & Dentistry, for the Lions Eyebank of New Jersey which provides corneal transplants and for St. Joseph's School for the Blind. This private, nonsectarian agency is dedicated to serving severely handicapped blind children. The children have, in addition to their blindness, one or more of the following handicaps: epilepsy, brain damage, cerebral palsy, emotional problems, muteness, and deafness. The school's ten month program educates these children to the extent of their ability to learn, trains them in the activities of daily living, and provides prevocational training.

Camp Happiness

Camp Happiness is a year-round facility for the blind located on Raritan Bay in Leonardo. Pictured with three of our Lions is a van whose purchase was made possible through a grant from the Lions Charitable Foundation. Summer finds blind adults from throughout the state spending two week vacations at the facility where they can enjoy a number activities including a dip in their large pool.

Lions Ray Cardin, Joe Marut, and Greg Nagy

Phyllis Andreasen and Nancy Mason present a new TV and VCR to the Mercer County Library in Hopewell

Library Equipment

The Lions have donated material to all three local libraries. Here we see Lions Phyllis Andreasen and Nancy Mason framing a television and a VCR presented to the Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library. In addition the Lions supplied a CD player, earphones, and a magnifier with a monitorto help the visually impaired community in the library.


Lions Looking for Computers

If you're wondering what to do with that old model computer when that lightning fast new one has taken Its place, the Hopewell Valley Lions have a solution that you can't help but like. The Lions of District 16-B sponsor Housing & United Services, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the visually impaired. And one way they have met this challenge is by supplying specially adapted used computers to visually impaired school children and adults. When equipped with large print software and speech cards, the computer enables the students to further develop skills they are learning in school. As for the adults they have received some computer training but for one reason or another cannot afford to purchase a computer.

Lions Dick Hobson and Larry Mansier receive computers from officers of Witherspoon Associates

The Hopewell Valley Lions Club has supplied three computers so far, but we are looking for many more to pass along to Housing & United Services. The PC's and Macs should be less than 5 years old. Printers in good working condition would also be -- welcome. So, if you have such an item, please call, Larry Mansier, 737-0863. Also, if there are any businesses out there upgrading, we would be more than happy to take those old computers.

Lions Working in Hopewell Valley

The Hopewell Valley Lions have supported many organizations and individuals in the Community.

The Lions help fund many of the local Eagle Scout Projects that support, beautify and add another element of safety to our community. Boy Scout projects have included efforts on bike paths, hiking trails, park projects, local churches, and many more.  Here we have Eagle Scout Niklas Hansson receiving  project support from Lion (and Eagle Scout) Bill Kibbel, and Club President Paul Morin.

2009 Hopewell Valley Central High School Senior, Alexis Nagley, receiving a Lions scholarship from President George Sciarrotta and Scholarship Chair Dave Gore.Secretary Dave Gore.

Other N.J. Lion Sight Projects Supported by The Hopewell Valley Lions Club

  • Eye Institute of New Jersey
  • Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey
  • Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley
  • Lions Eye Research Foundation of NJ
  • Lydia Hayes Foundation for the Blind
  • New Jersey Blind Athletes Association
  • Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, Inc.
  • Helen Diller Camp for Blind Children
  • Camp Marcella
  • Camp Happiness
  • Diamond Spring Lodge
  • Housing & United Service

Hopewell Valley Lions Club Local Projects  

  • Provide free rental hospital equipment
  • Provide free eye glasses for the needy
  • Collect used eye glasses Work weekly at Eye Glass Recycling Center
  • Support two youth baseball teams
  • Support American Legion baseball
  • Support Girls Basketball Team
  • Support Troop 1776 Boy Scouts
  • Support Local Girl Scouts
  • Supply Materials for Local Libraries
  • Supply funds for Senior Citizens Picnic
  • Supply funds for Post Prom Party
  • Dinner & Awards to honor Volunteer Fireman & First Aid Squads
  • Support High School Jazz Band
  • Support Kazenbach School for the Deaf
  • Supported the Hopewell Valley Robotics Club



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