EYEGLASS MISSION TO HAITI An optometrist had dropped out of the mission for personal reasons before it left. So the eye doctor of a local Lion promptly agreed to go. Before Moss’ first mission, figuring out how to pull it off, Moss called Lions in Fargo to learn “the tips and tricks” of a mission, and he spent 90 minutes on the phone with optometrist Tracy Williams, a SightFirst adviser outside Chicago. 1 t Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club in Newfoundland, Canada A few years ago Brad Moss busily helped collect a huge pile of eyeglasses and contacted a humanitarian group headed to Haiti. His plan was to cheerily donate the glasses to Team Broken Earth and have them dispense them. The group instead sent him a terse email: “You should go.” He’s glad he did. “It changed my life,” says Moss, past president of the Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Lions Club in Newfoundland, Canada. It changed his life because he’s seen how the four missions he’s been on to Haiti and Nicaragua have changed the lives of others. The latest mission trip in October provided eye exams for 824 people. For some patients, it’s the first time they’ve seen an eye doctor. For some elderly patients, after receiving eyeglasses, it’s the first time they’ve seen a grandchild clearly or been able to read the Bible in years. “You see people led in by the hand. Their vision is that bad. They walk out on their own,” says Moss, a third-generation Lion. “They can scarcely believe it when we are there. They say ‘free?’ A lot of people are crying.” The latest Lions mission team consisted of three Lions, another volunteer and an optometrist. The team traveled as part of a wider Team Broken Earth medical group, which provided medical services. The eyeglasses were recycled by inmates at a correctional center. A wide network of Lions undergirds the missions, supported by the district. The latest mission took a week−two days of travel and five full days of screenings. Moss’ role is to dilate pupils and work the autorefractor−a sharp contrast to his day job as a governmental deputy ombudsman, responsible for whistleblowing investigations and misconduct. “It’s a perfect counterbalance to customer complaints,” he says. “This has put things in perspective− the First World and the Third World. I’ve been active in my club, but this is our district’s first international action in its 70 years.” −Jay Copp Brad Moss serves on the eye mission in Haiti. Watch a short video on the latest mission.