The Pittsburgh Hill Top Lions are proud to be a service-oriented club. We not only SERVE our community by helping the blind and blind charities, those who are less fortunate than we are, and our community by helping and donating to their projects.
This section shows some of the many events, donations, etc. that our club does during a Lions year. CLICK ON THUMBNAIL TO ENLARGE IMAGE
CHRISTMAS BASKET PROGRAM – A special thank you to all of the Hill Top Lions who helped to make Christmas baskets this year for shut- ins.
Thanks to Lion Joe Setticase who for the past 20 years has gone early in the morning to pick up the fruit and for letting us use his store this week as a place to make the baskets.
The Hill Top Club wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas this season and a happy New Year!
CAMP VARIETY – Camp Variety is for kids with special needs who can make new friends, do arts and crafts, play games, participate in sing-alongs, swim, splash and walk the nature trails. They can also be themselves and have fun! The emphasis is placed on a child’s ability, “not disability.” Over the years the Hill Top Lions have also sponsored kids at PA Lions Beacon Lodge Camp (also a Special Services camp for Children and Adults) located along the Juniata River in the northern Allegheny mountains. We hope that next year we can send a few children to PA Lions Beacon Lodge Camp and also Camp Variety.
Lions members join Jacob Buckheit, age 8, and mom Eileen Buckheit from Carrick
at Camp Variety at the Woodlands for this summer’s “Camp Buddy Bear” presentation.
The Hill Top Lions Club teamed up with the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Foundation and UPMC, with the help of Congressman Doyle’s Office (PA 14th) to bring free vision screenings to two Hill Top Community Health Fairs. On Friday May 6th at the Elder-Ado Senior Citizens Center and Sat May 7th at St John Vianney’s “Spring into Health Fairs.” The mobile vision screening van arrived early the morning of Friday May 6th, seen here parked in front of the Elder-Ado Senior Citizens Center in Carrick. At the request of the Hill Top Lions, and with the help of Congressman Mike Doyle, it traveled all the way from Capitol Hill for the two day screening events.
The mission of the Lions, also a not-for-profit and non partisan civic and humanitarian organization, is to help those with blindness and low vision, and to help raise awareness about preventable blindness issues through their educational sight conservation and public outreach programs. Lions clubs are recognized world wide for their service to the blind and visually impaired, and for their volunteer work in the local communities where they serve.
Susan Graham, from Congressman Mike Doyle’s Office, discusses pre-registration form with Lion Danny Price, Jr. The Hill Top Lions Club helped to co-host the vision screening – providing outreach, logistics and assistance with registration. The extremely valuable medical volunteer services were provided by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dept. of Ophthalmology, led by Dr. Robert Noecker and Dr. Evan Waxman, with a top notch group of six doctors and five technicians for both days.
These photos represent what can happen when good government, a conscientious civic group like the Lions, a wonderful foundation like the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Foundation and the medical community all team up in a cooperative fashion to help the community. The doctors were very busy both days, and there is no doubt that countless individuals were able to take advantage of these free screening opportunities.
Mrs Rose Marie Trauvetter, Coordinator of Programs at the Elder-Ado also did an outstanding job at the Elder-Ado, as did Debbie Koch, Health Fair Coordinator for St John Vianney.
In addition to the glaucoma vision screenings, the health fairs also included, free eye glasses adjustment, Eye to eye optical, diabetic testing, smoking cessasation, solutions for in home care by Comfort Keepers, UPMC hospitalization insurance programs, Western PA Humane Society, therapy dogs pet connection, blood pressure screening by Accute Rehabilitation, Working Hearts, The Medicine Shop and at St John Vianney in addition to the glaucoma van was Mercy’s ” Spirit of Health Van” offering free stroke screenings.
This was a real team effort by everyone. We thank the Glaucoma Foundation for their vital and important work, the UPMC medical team, the Hill Top Lions who came out and volunteered both days and our Congressman, Mike Doyle.
Jessie Philips (far left) is the driver of this very special van. But he’s just not any driver . . . Jessie served in the Army for 23 years as a driver and served under 4 presidents at the White House. Rest assured, this van is in good hands! It’s his baby and he treats it with kid gloves!
Hill Top Lions Julia Panos, Thomas Coppola, Wayne Fontana and Nancy Gaughan help to register people and hand out fruit.
The foundation is dedicated to supporting the activities of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus, a group of United States Congress members from both parties who are dedicated to helping all Americans fight the scourge of glaucoma and other eye diseases. The foundation provides diagnostic screening opportunities for high risk glaucoma population groups.
Screenings are performed in individual events in their home districts, at health fairs, forums, church gatherings, party get-togethers, even something as simple as a coffee and cake chat with senior citizens. Screenings will be conducted by eye care professionals and their trained staff who have indicated a willingness to support this important health care screening initiative.