Located in Oxnard, California, the Oxnard Noontimers Lions Club is celebrating its 59th year. We meet at Noon every Friday at the Oxnard Residence Inn by Marriott by the River Ridge Golf Course.
We have a new Facebook page where we can keep you up-to-date on all the latest Noontimer happenings, as well as post pictures and exchange trivia.
Every year the Oxnard Noontimers help out at the Oxnard Health Fair at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 500 Juanita (corner of Colonia). Last year we performed more than 500 vision screenings and fitted nearly 400 pairs of glasses to those in need.
In addition, the Noontimers are a continuing supporter of Oxnard's Police Activities League, we provide lunches for the Special Olympics Softball Tournament and we provide glasses for Oxnard School District students who can't afford glasses.
We can help out on short notice, too. Fry's Electronics serves hot dogs and sodas for 50 cents on their anniversary weekend every year. For whatever reason the organization that was going to help out begged out with one day's notice. On Thursday, May 16, 2013 Fry's contacted us. We had 5 volunteers setting up at 10 AM the next morning, May 19, and eight from 10 AM to 4 PM on Saturday.
If you know of anyone in the Oxnard area who needs help with vision or hearing issues, please please visit our Help page where we have some options for you. If you know of someone in another area, be sure to contact the local Lions club for assistance. The Lions have been helping the vision and hearing impaired since Helen Keller spoke at our International Convention in 1925. We provide glasses and hearing aids to kids in schools who otherwise would be at a disadvantage. Funds from activities like the Golf Tournament (see above) are used for these kinds of activities. Helen Keller spoke to the Lions International Convention in 1925 and challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind." All Lions clubs in 200 countries around the world try to make her dream come true. Recently, Lions International raised $200 million for Campaign Sight First II, which aims to wipe out all preventable blindness on earth. It's a tall order. The first Campaign Sight First saved or restored vision for 27 million people. Unfortunately, there are still 37 million afflicted. Our second campaign hopes to do even better.
Lions help out in other areas, too. After the tsunami struck south Asia in 2004 the Lions community responded immediately. If Lions International were classified as a nation, we would have been the fifth most generous provider of aid on earth. We were actually more effective than that, as all of the aid was coordinated with local Lions clubs. We built homes where Lions bought the material and most of the labor was donated by local Lions. Had we paid for labor, of course, the money wouldn't have gone as far.
Our Honorary Noontimer, Father Eugen Nkardzedze, continues his work in the bush in Cameroon. We have sent one huge cargo container of stuff for his church, but the crooks in Nigeria hit him with so much in taxes and bribes that we won't do that again. It cost more to get it into Cameroon than we spent on it. Considering that it contained a new ATV, camcorder, laptop computer and other stuff, that's no small bribe. We do, however, continue to send smaller care packages and money. If you are looking for a dedicated, hard-working priest who is setting up schools, digging wells, bringing basic health care and building his church, you can't do better than send checks or supplies to Father Eugen.