Moab Lions Club sees busy year

The Moab Lions Club has had a busy year so far in 2007. In February the Moab Lions hosted the state Mid-Winter Social held at Moab Valley Inn. In April, Moab Lions worked their food booth at the Rod-Benders April Action car show. Both these events were called very successful by Moab Lions Club President Zane Taylor and his committees. Membership has remained steady, club officials said.

Marilyn Stolfa, eyeglass chairman, reported that in 2006, Moab Lions bought 20 pairs of glasses for needy children and adults. So far in 2007, the club has paid for 30 pairs of glasses.

Providing glasses, especially for children, has long been a Lions project. Recycling used glasses for people in developing countries has been another popular project for Lions clubs around the world. Recycling a pair of eyeglasses costs as little as eight cents, and almost 30 million glasses were collected last year alone from Lions Clubs International.

Moab Lions Club has a collection box for used glasses at Dr. Todd Hackney’s office, located at 471 South Main in Moab. As many as 90 percent of adults need glasses by age 40 in order to read. The Recycle For Sight program helps Lions recognize the urgent need for corrective lenses, and helps provide many with the ability to see well for the first time. Moab Lions have sent more than 500 pairs of used glasses to distribution centers.

Lions members are often involved in many activities to help their communities, and are involved in promoting peace around the world through the Lions International Peace Poster contest held each year.

Moab Lions members also conduct a highway clean-up each spring and fall, picking up trash along the highway between Lin Ottinger’s Rock Shop and the Colorado River Bridge. Recently, the Moab Lions Club has worked to clean up the Lions Park area. Weeds have been mowed and trash removed.

Anyone interested in becoming a member or joining a meeting should call Tom Warren at 259-7834 or Zane Taylor at 260-8035.