Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the Tri-Village Lions Club. On September 25, 2010, the Tri-Village Lions will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of their club. The Tri-Village Lions Club provides an important service to the community by assisting the blind and diabetic residents of central Ohio. This mission is keeping with the challenge Helen Keller issued to the association in 1925 to become ``knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.''
Founded in 1917, there are now approximately 45,000 Lions clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Under the motto ``WE SERVE,'' the Tri-Village Lions Club was chartered on September 8, 1950, becoming the 8,448th club in an organization that now has 1.3 million members. The Tri-Village Lions Club encompasses the communities of Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff, and Upper Arlington.
Among many charitable services, the club conducts vision screenings, equips hospitals and clinics, distributes medicine, and raises awareness of eye disease. In 60 years of service, members of the club have raised more than $1.1 million that they have funneled directly into charities and offered countless hours of service to the Tri-Village community. The Lions Club also supports children and schools through scholarships, recreation programs, and mentoring.
I am pleased to recognize the Diamond Anniversary of the Tri-Village Lions and proclaim September as ``WE SERVE'' month in the state of Ohio. I would like to thank the Tri-Village Lions club for its dedicated volunteer work and commitment to ending preventable blindness worldwide. The club has worked hard to identify and address community needs in the Grandview, Marble Cliff, and Upper Arlington area.
I am filled with immense pride to recognize and proclaim September as ``WE SERVE'' month in honor of such a valued and noble organization within the Columbus area. The Tri-Village Lions Club has been an inspirational leader in the fight against preventable blindness and has proudly demonstrated an unwavering commitment to helping others.
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