Lions Eye Institute – Help make it a reality!
On April 22, at the MD5M Lions Convention in Bemidji, Lion Lyle Goff, chair of the Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation, signed a memorandum of understanding regarding a new Lions Eye Institute at the University. The Lions have pledged $21.5 million over 20 years to this exciting new project!
“Our goal is to create a space for life-changing research and care that brings together our talent and expertise as a world-class (Lions) Eye Institute.”
Erik van Kuijk, Professor and Chair
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Neurosciences
Lyle Goff (seated center) signs the U-Lions memorandum while members of the
Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation board look on.
Lions Clubs International 100 Year Anniversary Convention
Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation Board Meeting
Thanksgiving for Vision
Director Fenske Collects Eyeglasses
Minnesota Lions Vision Foundation board member Lion Jeff Fenske (Saint Paul) was featured in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press July 18. Dubbed the “east-metro collection czar” by Press reporter Mary Divine, Lion Jeff collects used eyeglasses for the Vision Foundation, and has had as many as 5,000 pair stored in his law office awaiting a trip to the Sauk Rapids recycling center!
For many years, the Vision Foundation has collected used eyeglasses. After being cleaned, repaired, and catalogued, glasses are given to ophthalmologists, optometrists, and volunteers going on mission trips to South or Central America, Africa, and other areas in need. More information can be found on our Used Eyeglass Collection page.