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Brick Township H.S. Leo Club

July 17, 2011

Governor Proclaims May as Eyeglass Recycling Month

May 12, 2011

The New Jersey Governor has issued a proclamation announcing May as Eyeglass Recycling Month.  Please remember to donate your unused eyeglasses as you do your spring cleaning.

Governors Proclamation – May is Eyeglass Recycling Month

Grace Dodge High School (Bronx, NY) Students Perform a “Day of Service”

May 10, 2011
Grace Dodge High School (Bronx, NY) visit NJLERC to perform a “Day of Service.”   20 students from Grace Dodge HS supervised by Ms. Tisha Gomez enjoying a day of service with NJLERC Volunteers.

Visiting the NJ Statehouse for May Eyeglass Recycling Month

May 2, 2011

NJLERC President Al Brewer and Executive Director Mary Devon O’Brien visit the NJ Statehouse and drop off eyeglass recycling resources for May as Eyeglass Recycling month.

Our Annual Training Event

May 2, 2011
Our annual training event occurred on April 18, 2011 at: Katzenbach School for the Deaf. Between 12-15 Lions and Board Members attended the event. Jerry Looker – Regional Sales Manager (Rechiert Corporation) provided training on the new Al500 Digital Lensometers.

Leos Process 1000 Eyeglasses at the Center

April 28, 2011

Edison Metro Lions Club’s president and three Leo advisors led a group of Leos from three different clubs for a working tour to the NJ Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center in Trenton. Working tirelessly for three hours, Lions and Leos from four clubs processed more than a thousand used eyeglasses and recorded prescriptions. For these young Leos, volunteering at the Center was a pleasurable, significant and memorable event.

As a Leo sponsor, the Edison Metro Lions Club provides opportunities for community service and developing leadership skills.  Collecting used eyeglasses is usually the first service project for the Leos.  Leos have collected several hundred pairs this year.  However, Leos have never seen the recycling center and the actual operational process.  

In all, there were over 20 people, a large group of volunteers.  Upon arrival, Leos and Lions were greeted by Recycling Center President PCC Alan Brewer, RC Al Tedesco and ZC Toni O’Neill.  Leos were so excited about volunteering that they started to work immediately in separate groups.  All volunteers worked almost non-stop except for a break for pizza, compliments of the Center. After sorting, 10 boxes of eyeglasses were cleaned and over 1000 pairs were checked and recorded with lensometers.

According to PCC Alan Brewer, the center receives about 1.2 millions pairs of eyeglasses annually, but only about 50,000 pairs were being processed due to limited funding and lack of volunteer workers.

Lion Christine Chen, advisor of the Edison-Highland Park Leo Club, is the organizer of this trip.  Other leaders included Edison-Highland Park President Lilach Brownstein. Edison Metro Lions Club President Eddie Hui, Linnie Hui and Lynette Hui.  Advisor Songyan Chen brought Kathy Zhao, Club President of the East Brunswick-Edison Leo Club.  Advisor Wei Hong Yu brought along Edison Leo Club President Dennis Zhang and several of its members.

(Excerpted from the recent Edison Metro Lions Club Newsletter)

Spring Cleaning? Please Donate Your Unused Eyeglasses!

April 16, 2011

As spring cleaning gets under way, the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center (NJLERC) is asking people to look through drawers and closets for old, unwanted eyeglasses and donate them to the Lions Recycle for Sight program.

During the month of May, the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses as part of a unique recycling throughout the United States and Canada. The glasses will be distributed to those in need in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible.

We need everyone to donate their old eyeglasses. In most developing countries, an eye exam can cost as much as one month’s wages, and a single eye doctor may serve a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

The glasses will be processed at the New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups. According to the World Health Organization, the eyesight of approximately one –fourth of the world’s population can be improved through the use of corrective lens.

To donate used eyeglasses, place them in specially marked Lions Recycle for Sight collection boxes located in the lobby of many State offices throughout New Jersey. The program will begin May 1, 2011 and run throughout the month until May 31, 2011.

The New Jersey Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center is a 501 – 3 non-profit organization, we serve as volunteers without compensation under the charter of Lions Clubs International which is the largest service club organization with 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 202 countries and geographic areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving those less fortunate.

District 14-R (PA) Convention Eyeglass Collection

April 9, 2011

Special thanks to PDG Jack Bittig who year after year supervises the eyeglass collection competition.  Without his on-going involvement and assistance from the members of the Audubon-Oaks Lions Club it would be difficult to help those less fortunate.

NJLERC President Al Brewer with Audubon-Oaks Lions Club Members, PDG Jack Bittig, Chris Stitt and Dan Hummel.

Nostalgic Image of Early Eyeglass Collection in New Jersey

April 9, 2011

Below is a nostalgic photo of early eyeglass recycling efforts in New Jersey – perhaps the first eyeglass recycling drive for New Jersey Lions District 16-C (circa 1960). (L to R) PCC Lawrence A Ragone, PDG Joseph Stutz – Haddonfield, PDG Ed Platt – Pennsauken, and 16C Sight Secretary Pat Aceto-Whitman Park. The first eyeglass collection in 16C.  (photo courtesy of Lion Larry Ragone III, NJ Lions District 16-C)

NJLERC Receives 24,490 Eyeglasses and 74 Hearing Aids at the Pennsylvania District 14-K Lions Convention

April 6, 2011

NJLERC President Alan Brewer gets assistance from Lions Clubs International Director, Dr. Gary Anderson  and Lions from District 14-K (PA) loading 24,490 pair of eyeglasses and 74 hearing aides during the District 14-K Lions Convention.