LION: Sara Greenlee CLUB: Washington & Jefferson University Lions Club, Pennsylvania OCCUPATION: Retired instructional aide for Bentworth School District INTRODUCTION TO LIONS: When I married my husband, Barrett, 36 years ago, he was already a Lion and so through him, I came to know about the good work that Lions do. One of the services that his club provided our community at that time was to hang the Christmas lights in the street throughout town. It always seemed to be a bitter cold day when they hung them, so I started the tradition of hosting a lunch for them, complete with coffee and hot chocolate. HOW I JOINED THE CLUB: After being a Lioness, a 13-year adviser to the Bentworth Leo Club and a District 14 Leo Coordinator, she says, “I came to join the Lions club at the request of one of my former Leos. I had encouraged him [David Carroll] to start a Lions club at Washington & Jefferson University in Washington, Pennsylvania, where he was in school. In his sophomore year, he began taking steps to do just that and asked for my help in starting it. I was honored to be asked to join and am pleased to work right alongside eight of my former Leos who are also members of the W & J Lions Club.” BEST PROJECT: Our visit to the Washington County Health Center. We made and painted each of the 300 patients a suncatcher to brighten their rooms and attached them with cards. My favorite part, though, was spending time and visiting with as many patients as we could, since many of them seemed lonely and enjoyed our company greatly. They looked to these very young Lions as if they were visiting their own grandchildren. LAST GREAT BOOK I READ: I often enjoy light reading, especially when we’re relaxing in Florida. The last good serious book I read was The 36-Hour Day, which I enjoyed because it explained a lot about Alzheimer’s disease and made me better understand it. My mother is dealing with this problem now and it helped me find ways to help her, myself and family through this difficult time. THE CLUB DOESN’T KNOW THAT: I can read Braille, although my own vision is relatively fine. At the ripe old age of 52, I was asked by my employer if I would consider changing positions at my job and became an instructional aide for a blind girl in our local school district, working with her from kindergarten through high school before my retirement. It was clear that in order to help her, I needed to be able to read and write Braille, so I took on the very difficult task of learning this new “language” at that time by attending classes and learning by daily usage. She is presently in college and I’m proud to say that our district was able to provide her with funding for van service on campus. My work with her is another reason why the Lions’ dedication to helping the blind and visually impaired is so near and dear to my heart. THREE WORDS TO DESCRIBE ME: Youth-oriented, hard working and sincere. And although they don’t treat me as such, some of my club members might say “old,” too, since I am the same age as their grandparents!
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