The recognizable yellow vests of Lions Club members are visible throughout the year on the Kenai Peninsula, and wherever they are visible you can be sure that you are witnessing community service. Additionally, every year the Soldotna Lions Club chooses a local man and woman that the Lions believe have made significant personal contributions of time, energy and commitment in making Soldotna and the Peninsula a great place to live, says Soldotna Lion Ed Sleater. "Working with the Lions, Marti and Amy Hanson of Eyewear Express have for several years provided eye care including frames and lenses free of charge to clients identified and sponsored by your Lions Club and it was our privilege to recognize them as our Citizens of the Year," Sleater told the Dispatch. "I had no idea this was coming," said Hansen, "What we do with the Lions is to help those in need of glasses whether kids or adults with a need for glasses to function in life. My wife and I working with the Lions Club donate what is necessary."
Dr. Richard McKinley OD, also of Eyewear Express at the Peninsula Center Mall was presented with a special appreciation award. "Dr. McKinley generously donates his professional care and services to Lions Club clients in support of The Lions sight conservation programs. It is only with the help of good people such as Dr. McKinley and Amy and Marti Hanson that our Soldotna Lions Club is able to live up to our motto of Lions everywhere which is We Serve," added Sleater. "This award was appreciated very much," said Dr. McKinley, "The Lions Club emphasis of service is on vision and anyway we can assist in benefiting the people of the Peninsula with glasses or referrals to specialists when needed is what we do."
The Soldotna Lions Club meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at the Soldotna Don Jose's restaurant at 6:30 P.M. "Stop by and see us, we'll even buy the first dinner and please remember, if you know someone who needs eye care and cannot afford it; tell a Lion," said Sleater.
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