Speaker May 14  Mark Masto
Bill Murphy 
Bill has been guiding blind and visually impaired skiers since 1982. At first with the Colorado Ski School for the Blind and now with Foresight Ski Guides. He has been in leadership roles with Foresight as a member of the Board of Directors, as President, and as a Sr. Guide and trainer of guides.  He is constantly reminded of why he guides when rewarded with the smiles and enthusiasm shown by the Foresight clients. He has developed some life-changing friendships and vows to not stop guiding until his legs are worn down to little nubs! Around 1983 I began guiding blind and visually impaired people (VIPs) with the Colorado School for the Deaf & Blind and Vail’s visually impaired ski program.  I have been associated with Foresight Ski Guides (FSG) since its inception in 2001 as a Senior Guide and Trainer. Guiding allows me to create relationships with our VIP community and their families, allowing me the ability to give back and share in a sport I love.  I also think it’s important to reunite VIPs with family members, giving them the chance to ski as a family.    Our participants, especially the kids, get so much out of this program.  As one of our young skiers once said, “If I can do this, I can try anything” and I agree!
Christine Holmberg  Executive Director Foresight Adventure Guides for the Blind
Christine’s love for the mountains brought her to the Vail Valley in the summer of 2005.
She never thought she’d still be here, 18 years later, but as we all know we come for the
winters and stay for the summers.
After spending more than a decade working in hotel sales and event planning, her desire
to give back and serve others led her to the nonprofit world. Christine joined Foresight
Ski Guides in early 2019 as their Program Director. By September she found herself at
the helm, taking over as Executive Director after the founder retired.
Colorado Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center
COLERC update
We have been fulfilling orders for glasses on mission trips. Starting September this Lion year, we have fulfilled orders for 17,000 recycled glasses.  These glasses have been used for medical missions worldwide, including Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Togo.  They were also used for local Denver events. 
We have been slowly increasing the inventory of processed glasses, but we need a lot more.  We need more help from Lions to process glasses.  Contact Lion Dwight  303.653.8480 or Lion Fletcher 303.619.8486 for opportunities.
Lions Eye Bank Surgery Grants
wheat being harvested by red combine in field under blue sky photo part of Circle of Light Photo Project of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank
The Eye Surgery Grant (ESG) is a project of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank. It is a cooperative effort with the Lions Clubs and ophthalmologists of Colorado and Wyoming. The ESG provides grants through local Lions Clubs for eye surgeries so that the clubs can help residents of Colorado and Wyoming who are financially unable to obtain medical treatment.
  • The Eye Surgery Grant is a Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank project through the Board of Directors.
  • The primary purpose of the Eye Surgery Grant is to provide financial aid for surgery to patients through a local Sponsoring Lions Club. Grant money is available for local Lions Clubs to apply for eye surgeries for residents of Colorado and Wyoming. Primary attention shall be paid to financial status and lack of insurance coverage for the requested procedure.
  • The local Lions Club sponsor is the applicant.
  • The patient (or parent/guardian) MUST be unable to pay for eye surgery and not qualify for other assistance such as Medicare or Medicaid. All other avenues of aid should be sought prior to applying for Eye Surgery Grant financing.
  • The local Sponsoring Lions Club must cooperate with RMLEB, ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, and surgical facilities willing to provide services discounted to Medicare rates to patients with demonstrated financial need and no insurance coverage for the requested procedure.
  • The Eye Surgery Grant will provide up to 80% of the Medicare rate (or lesser) of each approved surgery. A minimum of 20% of the total of each surgery must come from sources other than the RMLEB Eye Surgery Grant.
RMELB - Restoring Sight Around the World
Donated eye tissue is recovered by the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank in Colorado and Wyoming, but the gift of sight reaches around the world.

Mission to Restore Sight

The mission of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB) is “to fulfill the wishes of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness through transplantation and research.” This statement helps guide everything we do.

Although we are based in Colorado and Wyoming, our mission doesn’t end at the states’ borders; we reach much further. In fact, in 2023, eye tissue from RMLEB helped restore sight for individuals in 29 states and at least 28 other countries.

RMLEB’s community and public relations (CPR) team provides regular reports to hospitals detailing the number of eye tissues recovered and where they were transplanted. Janet Barriger, chaplain at St. Anthony North Hospital recently commented, “Thanks. I love sharing this data with our chaplain team, especially the world map about where people have received this gift of sight from your team.”

As a member of the CPR team, it is also one of my favorite statistics to share. Staff at smaller community hospitals are often surprised that eye tissue from their hospital has impacted lives around the world.

Many people are familiar with Lions Clubs and have heard of some of their vision-related efforts, perhaps most notably, the collection of used eyeglasses. It was the commitment to vision that moved the Lions of Colorado and Wyoming to start the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank in 1982. Those local Lions clubs are affiliated with Lions Clubs International (LCI) which is described on its website as a world leader in the effort to prevent avoidable blindness. RMLEB often works with other Lions Eye Banks to help send eye tissue needed by  surgeons in other countries.

RMLEB has also worked with University of Colorado Health eye surgeons when they embark on medical mission trips to restore sight.

Realizing the far-reaching result of the organization’s work, RMLEB Executive Director, John Lohmeier said, “It is rewarding to know our work not only helps people in our immediate service area, but that we are having a world-wide impact. Having a part in restoring sight and changing someone’s life is extremely satisfying.”
Lions Banquet and Golf June 4
Well, it’s that time of year again to start thinking about the Denver Lions annual golf outing and banquet!  This will be held at Meadow Hills GC and will be on June 4, 2024, with tee times starting at noon, the bar opening at 5 pm, and the banquet starting at 6 pm.

As always, we invite everyone to participate in the golf and banquet or just the banquet.  Invite your friends and family.  Door prizes will be available to all.

This is my call for donations for door prizes, either monetary or item. Any sort of item will do, and it does not need to be related to golf. Thanks to all for your previous support with this.

I need your RSVPs to determine whether you plan to attend just the golf, just the banquet, or both.

Golfers, as always, this is a scramble tournament open to players of all abilities. Please invite family and friends to join you for this and the banquet. If you are planning to golf, I need to know if you have others you want to play with for your foursome.

To recap:
Golf and Banquet, June 4
Need door prizes or money to buy them
Will you attend
Will you have guests?  Who and how many?
Do you want to have fun??  YAY! 

Details on the golf rules and dinner menu to come later.

Lion Steve (double bogie) Krebsbach

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