PLANO EARLY LIONS CLUB HOSTS COMMUNITY LEADERS PANEL
On April 18, 2015, the Plano Early Lions Club (PELC) hosted a Community Leaders panel on the topic “What our Community Needs!” as a part of their April regular meeting and programming. This community panel was the Club Excellence Process (CEP) team’s efforts to inform the membership on the needs in our community from the perspective of some of our community leaders.
The panel featured five Community Leaders: (pictured from the left) James Thomas, Community Liaison and Student Services Coordinator for Plano Independent School District; Shanetta Brown, Community Services Manager, City of Plano; City Councilwoman Lissa Smith (who is also Executive Director for Meals on Wheels, a charity supported by PELC); PELC President Lion T. J. Johnson; Ed Drain, Assistant Chief of Police, City of Plano; and, Yvonne Booker, Executive Director, Assistance Center of Collin County.
Our audience included Lions from other clubs including Sachse Lions Club, Wiley Evening Lions Club, Richardson Host Lions Club, and Plano Evening Lions Club. Also, joining PELC for this important meeting was PDG GLT Coordinator Lion Carolyn Dorman. Our purpose was to gain important information, as a part of the CEProcess that would help us, as Lions, review our current projects. This discussion would also help us develop and select new projects that not only are interesting and satisfying for our membership but also are service-focused to address the needs of the Plano and surrounding communities.
This was a lively, insightful and interesting discussion and perspective of our community. Not only did we learn more about our community but we gained new ideas and insights for more projects and more opportunities for service and, we were able to help our community leaders learn even more about Lionism and about our club. At the conclusion of our program, our community leaders were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of PELC, by one of our PELC Legends, Lion Bill Marek (48+ years of service and perfect attendance)!!
Lions in Service
Where There’s A Need, There’s A Lion Ready To Serve!!!
The program for the December 2014 meeting of the Plano Early Lions Club (PELC) was an overview of the Computers For The Blind (CFTB) project located in Richardson, Texas. Lion David Jeppson, Executive Director for CFTB, was our program speaker. He also spoke of the on-going needs for technical service and other volunteers. PELC Lion Franklin Chu was so impressed by the presentation and the need for technical service volunteers that for the next three months, Lion Chu provided the Computers For The Blind Office with 44 volunteer hours of professional and technical service.
Lion Franklin Chu (far right) and other Technical service volunteers.
Lion David explained to our membership that the mission of Computers for the Blind (CFTB) is to open the world of information technology to persons who are blind or visually impaired by providing computer equipment, software and training. Old computers are brought in for donations and the information from the hard drives are deleted and wiped out. Each team volunteer cleans the computer, installs re-imaged hard drive with new Windows 7 and NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) software. NVDA allows blind/vision impaired users to access Windows. It also allows users to “read the screen” via synthetic speech. Each team volunteer prepares a checklist for documentation purposes. Finally, Gil Brand, the operations manager, inspects the computers’ readiness.
Gil Brand, Operations Manager, (far left).
If the computers are okay, they are packed, labeled and sent to USPS for free shipping to the needed destinations. CFTB is always in need of volunteers, especially those equipped with technical, business, and organizational skills, like Lion Franklin. For more information, you can reach Mr. Brand at 214.282.2581.