Sight First

In 1990, Lions established SightFirst, a $143.5 million global initiative to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness. The unprecedented program joins Lions volunteers with blindness prevention experts and organizations and governments. SightFirst has:

  •    provided more than 7.6 million cataract surgeries
  •     built or expanded 300 eye hospitals
  •     supported more than 131 million treatments to prevent river blindness
  •     improved eye care in 102 countries around the world.

Lions clubs support other sight-related activities. Lions clubs and members:

  •     provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings and make 25,000 corneal transplants possible each year
  •     establish and support a majority of the world’s eye banks, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide
  •     collect more than 6 million pairs of used eyeglasses annually for free distribution to those in need in developing countries
  •     offer screenings, eyeglasses and sports goggles to athletes through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program
  •     provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print texts, white canes and guide dogs for thousands of people each year.

In response, District 4C-1 has established group coordinators to assist individual clubs with their fundraising activities.  Lion VDG Steve Robeson (467-3791) serves as the District

Coordinator while these Lions will work with individual clubs:

  1. Lorraine Dusi  530 788-3891    Weaverville, Hayfork, Lewiston, Trinity Lake
  2. Genevieve Hobson 530 243-4545    Anderson, Cottonwood, Happy Valley, Redding Breakfast, Redding Host
  3. Bob Garr 530 722-0715    Enterprise, Palo Cedro, Shingletown
  4. Joy Artusy 530 238-2024    Lakehead, Shasta Lake
  5. Verne Kendall 530 842-5248    Yreka Host, Happy Camp
  6. Mary Butzlaff  530 918-9195    Dunsmuir, Mt. Shasta
  7. Dianna Hockett 530 294-5875    Alturas, Big Valley
  8. Jeff Miller  530 467-3681    Etna, Fort Jones, Scott Valley Lioness/Lions
  9. Steve Wallenburg  530 899-1275    Chico Breakfast, Chico Host, Forrest Ranch
  10. Dan Lolmaugh  530 846-6650    Biggs, Gridley, Live Oak, Oroville Host
  11. Bob Marsh  530 527-5439    Hamilton City, Red Bluff, Willows
  12. John O’Donnell  530 836-0130    Chester, Graeagle, Quincy
  13. Becki Stange  530 873-1819    Paradise Host, Paradise Business & Professional
  14. Wayne Shatswell  530 742-5266    Foothill, Linda, Marysville, Linda, Wheatland, Yuba Feather
  15. PDG Jim Newman  530 755-7302    Colusa, Meridian, Sutter
  16. Patti Jenkins  530 846-4803    Peach Bowl, Sunset Buttes, Yuba City Pride
  17. Liz Packenham  530 222-6820    Burney, Fall River, Mountain

Additional Links:
Lions Eye Health Program
Eye Care America

In July 2004, CSFII was endorsed by the Board of Directors in a show of continued support for the program.  This rejuvenated campaign will be conducted on a three-year timetable with intensive fund raising at the local level scheduled for 2006-2008.