Lighthouse and Lions Dedicate New Exhibit

Celebrating their rich partnership over the years, leaders of both The Lighthouse and Lions Club International helped dedicate a new shadowbox exhibit on June 27 and again on July 6.

Joining Lighthouse President & CEO Dr. Janet Szlyk, who is also a Lion, in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies were Lions International President Robert Corlew; Past International Director Dan O’Reilly; District 1-A Gov. Ernie Lapid; Immediate Past District Governor Ralph Zarada; Lion John Coleman, a Lighthouse Board Member; Lion Jim Kesteloot, former Lighthouse president and current Board member; and a host of other Lions Club members and their spouses from around the world.

Making a special appearance at the July 6 event was Lion Aruna Oswal of Oswal Chemicals in New Delhi, India.  She played a key role in making the Lions Legacy grant possible for our new Seniors Center.

The shadowboxes, which showcase key moments in Lighthouse/Lions history, feature an assortment of photographs, letters, articles and other memorabilia encompassing such areas as assistive technology, education, employment and rehabilitation.  Also included is a collection of colorful Lions pins from clubs all over the world.

In her welcome remarks, Dr. Szlyk thanked the Lions for their generous support of Lighthouse programs and praised them for their tireless efforts as “knights of the blind,” as they were so named by Helen Keller.
The Lions’ visit coincided with their international convention in Chicago, which marked the organization’s centennial anniversary.

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