Sam Lindsey, past district governor and immediate past president of the Texas Lions Camp, was the special guest speaker at the Jan. 22 Harker Heights Lions Club meeting.
Lindsey, who lives in Hilltop Lakes, explained the meaning of the different aspects of the club’s emblem.
“The purple speaks of the majesty of the goals set by the club,” he said. “The gold speaks of the purity of the club’s motives in that the focus is to help others. There are profiles of two lions. The one on the left looks back at the club’s past. The one on the right is looking into the future.”
From humble beginnings in 1917, Lions Club International is now larger than the U.N. and serves people all over the globe.
“At a conference in 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club to be a ‘light for the blind,’” he said. “It changed the face of Lionism and the outreach we’ve had since then.”
Keller’s legacy influenced and inspired the group’s staple projects like collecting eye glasses, the White Cane project and the Leader Dog program.
“The Leader Dog chairman for the district lives in Killeen,” he said. “He is legally blind and has become a great spokesman for the program.”
In the 1990s, Lions International raised $200 million worldwide for clinics offering cataract surgery and glaucoma services to parts of the world that had never had facilities.
In 1949, 12 Lions in Texas wanted to do something about the rampant outbreak of polio. They decided to provide a facility near Kerrville that became the Texas Lions Camp. In 1952, the first camp session was held and since then over 65,000 students have been served.
“You may not have been directly involved with any of these projects by living in Harker Heights but the important thing for you to remember is that it is part of your history as a Lion,” Lindsey said.
In other business, members discussed the club’s upcoming fifth birthday, slated for Feb. 17.
Leticia Ford also received a membership key for recruiting new members.
The next meeting of the Lions Club is at noon Tuesday at LaTaqueria No. 3 in Harker Heights.