Lions Club Kicks Off White Cane Community Appeal


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The Verona Lions Club, chartered on March 30, 1951, celebrated its 70th anniversary recently at Avenue Bistro.

The white cane is the international symbol of independence, mobility and safety for people who are blind or visually impaired. Ninety years ago, the idea for a white cane to assist blind people originated simultaneously in Peoria, Illinois and Paris, France. In Peoria it was the local Lions Club president who came up with the idea as a way to meet Helen Keller’s challenge to all Lions Clubs to help defeat blindness.

Seventy years ago, the Verona Lions Club was started as a way for local residents and business owners to fight blindness and, in general, to serve others, as well as supporting Lions charitable efforts to help others in need wherever they may be.

Once again, the Verona Lions Club has recently mailed its White Cane appeal to Verona residents. This appeal seeks donations to help us continue our services which now include a hospital equipment loan program, assisting veterans in need, suicide prevention, fighting childhood diabetes and other local projects.

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The Verona Lions Club asks that you please look for its White Cane appeal letter and respond with a tax-deductible contribution or visit its website.

For more information on the Verona Lions Club, go to

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