POTSDAM – For the 11th year, Potsdam Lions Club Radio Days will be raising funds for the club’s service activities.
Lions members continue to seek support from local businesses by selling ads for radio station B99-3 that will run Nov. 11 through 22. The radio station will donate 100 percent of the revenue to the Lions.
The project was started to support specific needs of the North Country. Among the previous projects have been those concentrating on one of Lions Clubs major programs, improving people’s sight.
This includes purchase of a vision screener to detect vision irregularities among local people, predominantly among young children, thus avoiding misdiagnoses of learning disabilities or perceptual challenges. Club members have been trained to screen Head Start, pre-K and kindergarten children.
When the Potsdam Public Safety Building was built, Lions contributed $25,000. During the recent economic difficulties, Lions made contributions to Helping Hands and the Potsdam Neighborhood Center.
This year, their goal is to enhance the Lion’s Club Village of Potsdam Fall Island Park. They plan to add new benches, picnic tables, playground equipment, barbecue areas, to make the park family friendly and handicapped accessible.
Among other efforts of the Potsdam Lions is support for Leader Eye Dog, the Lion’s Eye Bank, and assisting with eyeglasses for needy students. They helped with the development of Pine Street Arena and Postwood Park. They also obtained a grant for Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a visually impaired couple. They have made it possible to have large print books in the libraries.