May 04 2016

2nd Vice District Governor’s Message

Lion Diane Melnick 1st Vice District Governor Elect Lion Bob Melnick, IPDG Partner in Service

Lion Diane Melnick
1st Vice District Governor Elect
Lion Bob Melnick, IPDG
Partner in Service

For all of us who attended the District 35-L Mini-Convention in Gainesville in April, we had the pleasure of meeting International Director (ID) Richard Liebno and his wife, Lion Grace. A thank you to the Alachua Lions Club and all of the Lions who helped make it a special event. At the end of the meeting, one of our visually challenged Lions brought to our attention that some of our Lions in attendance were not aware of how to approach and help them navigate correctly or of the White Cane Laws. He suggested that we could be helped by all of the information available on the internet or at Lions Clubs International (LCI).

Being one of the Lions who sometimes forget how to help the visually impaired, because I do it so infrequently, I decided to take advantage of this information available to me. I was amazed at the amount of information and guidance I found for the blind and visually impaired. After reviewing several sites I had the information needed to become more educated and to be of more help in the future. Besides learning the correct way to approach and greet, there was information on helping a person feel more comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings, how to walk with a sight impaired person, approach doorways and stairs, basic guiding techniques and so much more. Some of these are things that I have done in the past and thought I was doing them all correctly – not entirely true – as I discovered when I clumsily guided this Lion through a crowded section of chairs to his seat. These sites gave me so much more information that I never knew I didn’t know. Needless to say I found the information on navigating special circumstances the most valuable.

There is so much information on so many different situations that time does not permit me to go into detail here and now. I encourage each of you – our Lions who are unfamiliar with the correct procedures and also as a review for all of us – to take some time to check into a few of the sites available to us. Two of the ones I found most helpful were: Disabled-world.com and wikihow.com-walking with a blind person.

A special thank you to Lion Jack Varnon for being gracious and patient with me and for showing me how to improve my skills that day and for the many times he has shared information on new technologies as they become available for our blind and visually impaired friends.

As we continue throughout the remainder of this year and Serve others remember that: When we come together it’s a beginning – When we work together it’s progress – and When we keep together it’s success.

Yours in Lionism,
Lion Diane Melnick
1st Vice-District Governor Elect


Walking With A Blind Person