Dan Goltz, a Winona Rivertown Lion, traveled with the Wisconsin Lions Mission to the Pine Ridge Native American Reservation and the towns of Wamblee and Pine Ridge, S.D., to fit residents with eye glasses. Goltz is trained to use the auto refractor to determine the vision correction needs and the Lensometer which checks the prescriptions of donated glasses. The eyeglass mission team screened and fitted nearly 800 patients with glasses during the week-long trip.
Dan and Nancy Goltz are very active with Lions’ vision missions. They have traveled to Nicaragua with the Wisconsin Lions’ Mission to fit eyeglasses. In February 2020, they plan to travel to Chimaltenango, Guatemala, with the Wisconsin Lions’ Mission. Locally, they assist with KidSight vision screening.
Helen Keller in 1925 inspired the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Lions across the world share the mission to prevent avoidable blindness and improve the quality of life for people who are blind and visually impaired.
Eye glasses collected by area Lions are taken to the Lions’ Mid-Winter Convention. The eye glasses are then sent to the nearest Lions Eye Glass Recycling Center to be sorted by prescription, cleaned, packaged and stored until they are dispensed to missions around the world. If you have eye glasses to donate, collection sites are Merchants Bank, Winona Financial, Winona Public Library, Coldwell Banker, Grace Place, Walmart, Bluff Country, Lake Winona Manor, Sugar Loaf Senior Living, Goltz Pharmacy, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and the Winona Veterans Center.
Lions Club International is the largest service club in the world. The Winona Rivertown Lions Club welcomes new members. If you are looking for fellowship and ways to serve your community and world, contact Heidi Monson at 507-313-3571.