Vision Screening at Chocolate Lover’s Festival

Posted on February 9, 2016Leave a comment

On Feb 6 and 7, the Fairfax Lions Club participated in Fairfax City’s Chocolate Lover’s Festival.  We met many neighbors in our community, and provided free vision screening for adults and children.  Our table was located in the Fairfax City Library.  We used the “Spot Vision Screener” – a handheld, portable device to quickly and easily detect vision issues on people from age 6 months to adult.  We screened 103 people (including 59 children) and referred 19 for follow-up to address vision issues.  It was a grat day for Fairfax Lions to help serve our community.

Vision screening in action: Screening

Volunteer Lions:Lions Table

 

Lions Learn About Foster Care

Posted on January 20, 2016Leave a comment

Fairfax Lions dinner meeting program on Jan 19 was about Foster Care.

Our speakers were Ms Melissa Tatlor, and Ms Jacyln Arenas of First Home Care.  They are dedicated to providing therapeutic foster care services and adoption services to children who need placement out of their homes into stable, supportive, and nurturing environments.

We learned there are about 250 foster children in Fairfax County, and about 5000 in VA.  The children come from a diverse background and have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Being removed from their home creates a sense of loss, confusion, and is overall a traumatic experience. They are in dire need of a trusting, stable and nurturing home in order to heal from the trauma and build a brighter future.

Who can be a therapeutic foster or adoptive parent? To be considered eligible to become a therapeutic foster parent, a person must be: An adult, age 21 years or older; A resident of Virginia; Financially stable; Able to provide adequate living space for a child; Able to pass child abuse and criminal history clearance; Available to attend all required training; and Willing to learn to work with children who have emotional and behavioral challenges.

First Home Care

For more information http://www.firsthomecare.com/

Peace Poster Contest Winner

Posted on January 17, 2016Leave a comment

 

Miss Jasmine Yoon, a student at Rocky Run Intermediate School competed in Fairfax Lions Club’s Peace Poster contest – and her peace poster won $50.  Jasmin’s poster then went on to compete in the Northern Virginia Lion’s district.   The district winning poster was again Jasmin Yoon’s (selected by the W. T.Woodson Art Honor Society).   Jasmin was awarded $100 in this competitin.   Jasmin’s Peace Poster advanced to the Lion’s State of Virginia competition. Members of the Fluvanna County Arts Association judged Peace Poster entries on December 10.  The winner, once again, was Jasmin Yoon.  Her poster has now advanced to the Lions International competition, where one grand prize winner and 23 merit awards winners will be selected. The grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $5000 at the 38th Annual Lions’ Day at the United Nations on Saturday, March 12.  We wish Jasmine the best of luck for her outstanding Peace Poster, and wish her a most successfukl future.

Photo on left – Fairfax Lion Jeff Root recoginzes Jasmine Yoon.    Photo on Right – a copy of Jasmin’s winning Peace Poster.PP Winner

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