SC Lions Charitable Services - 40 Years of History

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1969 - South Carolina Lions Sight Conservation Association, decease Inc. was presented and adopted by the Lions Clubs of MD-32 at the State Convention held at Myrtle Beach.

1969 - Past International Director Leon Campbell was elected as the first President of SCLSCA, Inc.

1970 - Candy Day was presented to the Lions Clubs as a statewide fundraiser for SCLSCA with 100% of the proceeds going to the association to support programs and services. The Clubs made a pledge to financially support SCLSCA to ensure the services and programs would be implemented in our communities.

1972 - SCLSCA received the land from the SC Hospital Association for construction of the Lions building and Eye Bank.

1973 - SCLSCA was granted a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the IRS and the SC Tax Commission.

1974 - Construction commenced of the Lions Building.

1974 - PDG Obe Rosvold was hired as the first Executive Director of SCLSCA.

1974 - The statewide Lions publication, The Palmetto Lion, first published.

1974 - The first Lions Mobile Vision Program was established with the assistance of the Commission for the Blind.

1974 - South Carolina Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, Inc. was chartered.

1976 - The Lions hearing aid bank was established.

1976 – The Special Health Services (eye surgeries) Program was established.

1977 - The Lions burned the mortgage to the building.

1977 - Camps for the Blind were established.

1981 - The first cardboard eye glass collection boxes were distributed.

1984 – The first self-contained Health Screening Unit (HSU) was purchased by the Lions and was operated by Ed Prater, who was hired and paid by the Commission for the Blind.

1985 - Lion Dick Black succeeded retiring PDG Obe Rosvold as Executive Director of SCLSCA.

1985 - Counter candy program was established in conjunction with Candy Day as a Club fundraiser.

1988 - The Lions assume funding for the first fulltime driver/technician, Craig Reese, for the mobile HSU.

1988 – SCLSCA matched a $50,000 LCIF grant to provide the first Lions Eye Bank Laboratory at the Lions Building. Congressman Floyd Spence was Guest of Honor at the grand opening and dedication.

1988 - $27,000.00 was used to construct a vending stand at Camden-Lugoff rest stop on I-20.

1988 - Created a website in order to disseminate Lions information to the general public as well as to Lions.

1989 - The International Youth Camp program in South Carolina began under the leadership of Lion Jim Campbell.

1989 - Purchased a 1988 Chevy Station wagon and mobile phone for use by Lions Eye Bank and SCLSCA.

1989 – The first tenant, Lexington Dialysis Center, moved in downstairs at the Lions building.

1990 - Matched a second grant of $50,000.00 from LCIF to open the Lions Eye Bank at MUSC.

1993 - Purchased a new truck for $14,000.00 to transport the HSU.

1994 - The name South Carolina Lions Sight Conservation Association (SCLSCA) was formally changed to South Carolina Lions, Inc. (SCLINC).

1996 - SCL and SC Lions Eye Bank separated into separate organizations.

1996 - Implemented the $1Million Put-Off Contest.

1999 - Lion State License Tag was initiated.

2001 - Lion Dick Black retired as Executive Director OF SCLINC and was replaced by Lion Gregg Turner, who now serves in that position.

2001 - The Recycle for Sight program was introduced. Used printer and laser ink cartridges were collected and recycled.

2002 - State Lions License tag was approved by the Legislature and SCDMV and the first plates were issued.

2002 - Steve Berch replaced Craig Reese as the driver/technician for the HSU.

2003 - SC Lions, Inc. was changed to SC Lions Charitable Services (SCLCS) at the Annual State Lions Convention and as part of that reorganization the SC Lions Eye Bank merged with Lifepoint.

2003 - A new truck was purchased for the Health Screening Program.

2003 - Hearing Aid Program was modified from using refurbished aids to the procurement of new aids.

2003 - Adopted program with SC Nurses Association to begin screening in schools. This caused a focus for more weekday screenings rather than weekends and allowed us to grow from 3,800 screenings to 12,000 screenings per year.

2004 - Modified Health Services (Eye surgeries) Program and registered SCLCS as a charitable organization with the Department of Health and Human Services allowing us to negotiate surgery costs at a much lower rate.

2004 - Conducted the first of 3 SC Fishing for Vision Tournaments with the Pro Striped Bass Association.

2005 - Purchased new Mobile Screening Unit and Truck.

2005 - Purchased Ballentine property with intensions of relocating Lions' offices.

2007 - Acquired property from SC Dept. of Transportation in front of the Lions building.

2008 - Modified Hearing Aid program to accommodate the increase of requests to a co-payment program only.

2008 - Acquired remaining property in front of the Lions building from the SC Hospital Association.