This guest blog entry was contributed by Sarah, Class of 2021. She works in the Communications Office as a contributor to our social media and website. Below, she shares her experiences at the first Lion’s Club meeting of the year.
On Friday, October 13 the NECO’s Lion’s Club met to induct this year’s newest members. Lion’s Club is a service organization that targets many aspects of community service but places strong emphasis on improving visual health.
Founded in 1917, Lion’s Club just celebrated 100 years of service and has expanded to over 200 countries across the world. Lion’s Club International is a diverse, multifaceted club that gives students the opportunity further their optometric careers while making a difference in the world. This year, the NECO Lion’s consists of 68 members. The group includes 51 new inductees, one of the highest numbers of new members in several years.
The Lion's Club at NECO meets once a month. Though the club dues are low, the club offers many benefits to students who join, including the tempting incentive of dinner included at each monthly meeting.
NECO Lion’s Club hosts and participates in several events annually including EyeMobile screenings, Special Olympics, and fundraising in various events such as the Penny Wars. In addition to philanthropy and networking, the club offers students mock CSE (Clinical Skills Exams), which aid students in more efficiently preparing for the highly weighted clinical proficiency test given in the middle of each semester in the Principles and Practices of Optometry course.
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