BAMM Lions Celebrate 82nd Anniversary Charter Night
BAMM Lions Club celebrated Charter Night on 18 June 2015 at the Doubletree Hotel in Midlothian. The turnout was excellent and included a review the past year's efforts in serving the community. The event was highlighted by the installation of the new club officers for 2015 - 2016 and recognition of individuals for their outstanding support of BAMM Lions. Certificates of Appreciation were awarded to Dr. Robert J Bastaich, O.D. & Staff; Lenscrafters – Chesterfield Towne center , Mr. Chris Sieloff and Lion Fred Tyler for his leadership on White Cane Days. New BAMM member Troy W. Nelson was inducted and Lion Phil Coffey received the BAMM Lion of the Year award for his outstanding efforts in peanut sales. For the first time in club history, a Progressive Melvin Jones Award was presented to Lion Bill Daniels.
BAMM Lions White Cane Days
BAMM Lions Club concluded its semi-annual White Cane fundraiser at the Kroger store in the Bellgrade Shopping Center on 25 April.
The photos below show BAMM Lions Frank Carlomagno, Bob Gregory, Fred Tyler and Dan Culbreth hard at work at the Kroger store on Midlothian Turnpike on 10 April.
100% of all funds raised by BAMM Lions go to support the club's service to the local community, which includes collecting and recycling eyeglasses and hearing aids; providing vision and hearing tests for those in need; supporting a number of local charitable organizations, including the Leader Dog School, Virginia Voice, Richmond Blind Bowling League, Virginia Rehab Center for the Blind, American Diabetes Association, SightFirst program, Prevent Blindness Virginia, Bainbridge Community Ministry; contributing to disaster assistance; and participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program.
Ms. Robin Hoerber, Rehabilitation Teacher, Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired - Guest Speaker on 4 June
BAMM Lions were honored to have Ms. Ms.Hoerber as guest speaker. DVBI offers a wide array of specialized services and programs for Virginia residents of all ages who are experiencing significant visual disabilities. With the assistance of DBVI it is hoped that persons who are blind, deafblind and vision impaired will acquire the skills which lead to confidence and positive attitudes which are essential components for becoming independent contributing members of our communities. For more information, go to: http://www.vdvbi.org or contact Ms. Hoerber at: Robin.Hoerber@dvbi.virginia.gov
LT. Jason Elmore, Chesterfield Fire & EMS - Guest Speaker on 21 May
BAMM Lions were pleased to have LT. Jason Elmore, Chesterfield Fire & EMS, Public Information Officer/Chaplain and Community Programs Coordinator, as guest speaker at the regular meeting on 21 May. LT Elmore provided an outstanding overview of the wide range of services and first responder support provided by his organization. For more information, go to:
Mr. Dan Watkins, Paralyzed Veterans of America Speaks to BAMM Lions - 16 April
BAMM Lions were honored to have Mr. Dan Watkins, Ad Hoc Member of the Board, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Paralyzed Veterans of America as guest speaker at the 16 April regular meeting. Mr. Watkins, a Vietnam Veteran, has an MBA in risk management and retired after 35 years as a Department of Veterans Affairs Environment of Care Manager. He gave an inspiring presentation on the outstanding work done by PVA in the areas of Sports, Recreation & Rehabilitation, Financial Assistance and Accessible Independence. For more information, go to:
BAMM Lion Lee Winder Presentation on Leader Dogs for the Blind - 19 March
Lion Lee Winder gave an inspirational presentation on Leader Dogs for the Blind at the regular meeting. Since its inception in 1939, the program has trained more than 14,500 guide dogs and has a budget of approximately $14M/year. Leader Dogs for the Blind is innovative, inclusive and dedicated to providing high-quality services to clients in a respectful and empowering environment. The program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies entirely on donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and service groups such as Lions Clubs in order to provide all programs free to clients. For more information, go to: www.leaderdog.org
Mr. Tom Tokarz, World War II Roundtable - Guest Speaker on 19 February
BAMM Lions were honored to have Mr. Tom Tokarz of the WW II Roundtable as guest speaker. Mr. Tokarz s provided a moving discussion on U.S. Air Force operations in the European and Pacific theaters during WW II. Tom founded the World War Round Table of Central Virginia 4 years ago. Interviews of a WW2 vet are done at each monthly meeting, creating a DVD for the family of the vet. For more information, go to: http://www.ww2rtcva.com
BAMM Lions Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at the Hilton-Doubletree Hotel located at 1021 Koger Center Blvd. in Richmond, VA. Call Lion Mark Bebar at 804.379.5093 for details.
6:00 p.m. - Social Time
6:30 p.m. - Dinner Meeting
Scheduled Guest Speakers
6 July 2015: Mr. Matt Malone - Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council
20 Aug 2015: Ms. Julie Albany - Guiding Eyes for the Blind (www.guidingeyes.org)
17 Sept 2015: Ms. Jennifer Moss - Virginia Victims Fund (www.virginiavictimsfund.org)
1 Oct 2015: Mr. Jim Ulintz - WeShare Crowdfunding (https://wesharecrowdfunding.net)
5 Nov 2015: PDG Lion Ray Mueller - Lions Centennial Challenge
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The Bon Air – Manchester – Midlothian (BAMM) Lions Club is a service organization and a local chapter of the Lions Clubs International. We are best known for working to prevent blindness, but overall our efforts are about serving and helping the community. Our motto is 'We Serve'.
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.
The BAMM Lions Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month and is a 100% volunteer organization with 100% of the donations going to help the community. Each year the BAMM Lions Club collects over 1,500 pairs of eyeglasses, raises more than $20,000, and collects three to five hearing aids.
Our chapter is one of nearly 45,000 Lions Clubs in the world, with a total membership of more than 1.3 million Lions worldwide. Started in 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, he told members of his local business club they should reach beyond financial business issues and address helping communities. That year the group took the name of the Association of Lions Clubs and a constitution, by-laws, and a code of ethics were developed. Within three years, Lions became an international organization.
But, it was in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions Convention that the Lions Club focus became preventing blindness. She challenged the Lions to become the “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions accepted that challenge. Since then the focus has been on assisting the blind, sight-impaired, and hearing impaired.
100% of your donation goes to help prevent blindness