The Wayland Lions Club met Aug. 20, at the Wayland Community Center. President Marianne Pattyson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
The Aug. 8, blood drive was well attended and 31 units were collected. Mississippi Valley Blood Center commended the Wayland Lions Club for sponsoring a second blood drive this year.
Lion Brian Pattyson was recognized for his work as membership chairman for coordinating the Wayland Lions Club 55th anniversary celebration to be held on Oct. 15, 2013.
Lion Stan Meyer discussed the annual rose sale and members the roses will be delivered on Sept. 21, to designated recipients. The proceeds from the sale are dedicated by the Wayland Lions Club to various programs and charities it sponsors throughout the year.
Past Dist. Gov. Nancy Slack presented information to the group about the Lions Iowa KidSight program. Special cameras costing $10,000 each have been invaluable to the KidSight screening that has detected astigmatisms, nearsightedness, farsightedness, and lazy eye, and it actually caught a brain tumor in one child. This exam/screening has become law and is mandatory in Iowa for children starting school. It is recommended for all children from 6 months to entering kindergarten. The Wayland Lions Club provides free screenings to the children through schools and day cares. The exam/screening can also be done by a doctor. Parents must sign a consent form to have children screened. The photos are sent to the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where they are read and interpreted by trained staff. If a problem does show up, children are referred to a doctor and the Lions Club may be able to help with a portion of the cost of doctor visits to those who qualify.
Following the conclusion of the business meeting, Stephanie Gardner of the Family Connection spoke and explained the exceptional resources, basic supplies and programs that are a part of the Henry County Extension programs. The goal is to improve the quality of life for children and their parents. Stephanie explained that they teach parents to be their child's first teacher. They make home visits and have classes at the extension office. This program is aimed at families with children from birth to age 5. This program is mostly about “good parenting” and through their group activities, will link persons to other parents and appropriate knowledge to enable them to learn and grow together.
The Family Connection is located at the lower-level of the Henry County Extension office at 127 N. Main St. in Mount Pleasant.
Another program offered is “Boot Camp for Dads” which helps new dads and those going through the birth of second and third children. It is good camaraderie for dads and a great learning experience for all dads. They usually enjoy the classes so much that most will come back for a second and third visit. No women are allowed in this class, so it is about dads and their children and learning from each other.