At its recent membership meeting, the Chester Lions presented a $500 gift to the needs of the blind to the guest speaker, Mr. Nick Morgan, executive director of the Virginia Voice.
Morgan made his opening comments by asking everyone to raise their hand if they read on a daily basis a newspaper, book or other written matter – all hands raised immediately.
He then vividly explained in detail Virginia Voice – Eyes for those who cannot see…Hands – for those who cannot turn pages.
Morgan urged the Chester community to contact the Virginia Voice by phone or web page to help those in the community that could benefit from this free service including the special radio equipment on loan. The Virginia Voice is on the air day and night with programs from daily newspaper, to sports, to National Geographic, to Bible readings, to Readers Digest. They have a small staff and over 100 volunteer readers. “The Chester Lions Club through its semi-annual White Cane Days is able to raise funds to support programs like this…thanks to the generous support of the community and the Village News for providing the vehicle of publicity,” said Ralph Jones, secretary of the Chester Lions Club.
Morgan in his closing remarks, encouraged the Chester Lions Club to ask for the community to spread the word to contact them at 804-266-2477 or visit www.virginiavoice.org .
The Chester Lions Club will have their White Cane Days May 3 and 4. “We thank everyone for their support of this program over the many years,” said Jones.
The Chester Lions will be celebrating their 75th anniversary in 2014.