Blind Federation members hear Athens Lions program

Posted 4/6/18

THE SOUTHEAST Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind met recently. On hand for the meeting were, front from left, Joe McDonald, speaker Mary Brown, Cathryne Blocker, Mandy Dixon, and Shannon Huffman, vocational rehabilitation counselor for the blind; back, Jackie Holmes, Sylvia, Vice President Faheem Bengazi, President Christy, and Sharon Warren, secretary, with guide dog Avery.

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Blind Federation members hear Athens Lions program


Mary Brown from Athens Lions Club was the speaker for the March meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.

She spoke about Helen Keller’s program to help with getting white canes and service dogs.

Brown told members they can become involved with the efforts to help those who need glasses by dropping off old glasses at any Walmart Vision Center.
Two years ago the international president of the Lions Club challenged all Lions Club members to get out of their comfort zone and partner with another community organization. The Athens Lions Club decided to help with the Remote Area Medical Clinic.

RAM is a two-day weekend volunteer program that offers medical, vision, dental and veterinary services. If you would like to volunteer or attend a RAM clinic, go to its website at   for more information. 

The South East Chapter is an active, social, support and advocacy group supporting the blind and visually impaired of Bradley County, and surrounding areas.
The group will be participating in a Resource Fair at Cleveland State Community College in the gym on Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The next meeting is Monday, April 16, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Cleveland Family YMCA 220 Party Room. The guest speaker will be Janet Shipley, RN, from Tennova Health Care talking about CPR.

The group’s next activity is April 23, 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Leisure Time Bowling, 2739 Keith St. Please bring money for bowling and snack bar. Participants get shoes and two bowling games for $6.

If you know anyone who is blind or visually impaired, please invite them to come and join the support group.

If you have any questions about the support group, please call Christy O’Dell at 423-665-2954 or send an email to


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