Guide Dogs for the Blind

PO Box 3950 San Rafael, CA 94912,

Guide Dogs for the Blind, an MD4 Endorsed Project, provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.

Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers and generous donors. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.

Our to "use our Power of Partnering to improve quality of life." To fulfill this vision we will: 

•    Commit ourselves to continuous quality improvement in all that we do;

•    Assure exceptional canine health and well-being for all our dogs;

•    Create the best potential for partnerships and support them;

•    Develop and support Guide Dog teams of the highest quality;

•    Be sensitive to the individualized needs of students, alumni and other constituents;

•    Develop and nurture long-term relationships with our alumni, other constituents and the communities we serve; and

•    Optimize our use of resources.

We will be recognized in all that we do by our:

•    Kindness toward people and animals, and respect for their dignity and well being;

•    Inclusiveness and sensitivity to all, regardless of disability, ethnicity, or culture;

•    Openness to innovation and change;

•    Accountability for our actions and our resources;

•    Teamwork and good communications;

•    Supportive and trusting work environment;

•    Honesty, integrity and fairness;

•    Professionalism balanced with humor; and

•    Continual work toward furthering the GDB mission.

District 4-C1 Chair: Lion Ida Marcum, Forest Ranch Lions

E:, R: (530) 345-5399

Guide Dogs of the Desert    (760) 329-6257

PDG Bob Niez, President    F: (909) 585-7121

Sarah Clapp, Director of Development (Executive Director)

P.O. Box 1692, Palm Springs, CA 2263

Web site:


Services: GDDI, at no cost to the student, provides a highly trained guide dog and individualized instruction to the blind, the elderly blind and the blind with special needs. A public non-profit organization, GDDI relies solely on the private sector for support. Founded in 1972, GDDI had its early beginnings tied to the assistance of the Cathedral City Lions Club.

Leader Dogs for the Blind    (888) 777-5332 

1039 South Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115

Web:, :, : (248) 651-5812

Susan Daniels, President & Chief Executive Officer
Lorene Suidan, Chief Financial Officer
Rod Haneline, Chief Programs & Services Officer

Services: Since 1939 Leader Dog for the Blind has operated one of the world’s most respected and innovative guide dog programs. The accelerated seven-day residential orientation and mobility (O&M) training empowers people who are blind by providing the wine cane skills needed to travel safely. Clients receive and are instructed in the use of a free pocket-sized GPS device that provides location, direction, street name, nearby points of interest and other information through verbal cues. A unique summer camp for boys and girls ages 16 and 17 who are legally blind that combines summer fun with an introduction to guide dogs and the opportunity to spend time with peers who are facing similar challenges. For more information about Leader Dogs for the Blind visit our website at

Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence

LPCCI National Office

Sarah Haberthur, National Administrator

P.O. Box 3896, Santa Rosa CA 95402

B: (707) 577-1774 or (877) 865-7224; F: (707) 577-1711


Services: The Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence (LPCCI) is the Lions Foundation formed in 1983 to provide financial and service support to Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs for people with physical, developmental and hearing disabilities. LPCCI has member clubs, awards and sponsorship programs and assists clubs in organizing fundraising activities to support Canine Companions. In addition, many Lions, Lioness and Leos are active puppy raisers and breeder-caretakers for the program that provides exceptional dogs for exceptional people. For a program, call the LPCCI National Office.


California Lions Camp (Camp Pacifica)

CALC Office, P.O. Box 110, 257 Belle Vue Road, Atwater, CA 93301

President Dee Heller
E: R: (209) 777-1390

Jill Loving, Secretary
3563 Washington Blvd., Livingston CA 95334
E:, C: (209) 489-7533

Services: An outdoor recreational and educational summer program for hearing and sight impaired children, ages 7-15. Campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, nature and wildlife studies, tennis and participate in a character building ropes course.

Junior Blind of America     (323) 295-4555

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 0043    (800) 352-2290

E:, : (323) 295-3021

Wendy Santana, Director of Major Gifts     E:

Donald A. Ouimet, Vice President of Programs

Services: Founded in 1953 with the support of Lions clubs from District 4-L3, Junior Blind of America®, (Formerly, Foundation for the Junior Blind) provides programs and services for infants, children, youth, and adults who are visually impaired, blind or blind with multiple disabilities and their families to develop independence and build self-esteem. Last year, we served more than 7,500 students and families throughout California and Nevada.

Kases for Kids    (559) 875-2816

Happy Van Caster, PDG, Secretary, 381 Cherry Avenue, Sanger, CA 3657
E:, : (559) 875-2816, : (559) 284-4965

Services: Provides suitcases for children who have been removed from their homes by child protective services and taken to shelters. Participating clubs collect used suitcases and backpacks, clean them and place a stuffed animal inside each one. These are delivered to the county office of social services. Please call or email for more information.

Lions Camp at Teresita Pines and Lions Camp at Wrightwood

P.O. Box 98, Wrightwood, CA 2397-0098    (760) 249-3580 (800) 585-3245

Ed Bordenkircher, PCC, Chairperson of the Board

210 West Sixth Street, Ontario, CA 1762-1304

E:, : (909) 988-9902, : (909) 988-0552, C: (909) 724-4662

Charles Nelson, President    John Bauer, Camp Manager

8740 Helman Avenue    E:

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730-4418    F: (760) 249-1063

Services: Provides a wide variety of outdoor activities year round for up to 200 regular and handicapped campers located on 8.5 acres of forestry in Wrightwood, California. 

Activities include: archery, arts & crafts, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming rock climbing wall and even skiing/sledding in winter at nearby Mountain High.

Facilities include: modern dining/main lodge, winterized and summer cabins, historic chapel, athletic field, swimming pool, campfire area, and Indian teepees.



Lions Flag Day    (408) 268-6739

PDG Robert Ferber

1118 El Prado Court, San Jose, CA 95120


R: (408) 268-6739, : (408) 821-5146, : (408) 323-1205

Services: Provide American flags to Lions clubs for distribution to school children.

Lions MedicAlert™ Children’s Program 

MD-4 Terry Anderson, Chairman 80

P.O. Box 536, Turlock, CA 95381

E:, : (209) 634-0203

MedicAlert Foundation 

Victor J. Mitre Jr., Director of Advancement

Kelly Kappmeier, Advancement Specialist

2323 Colorado Avenue, Turlock, CA 95382

B: (888) 253-7835, ax: (209) 669-2495

E:, Web:

Services: MedicAlert Foundation in partnership with the MD-4 Lions has developed a children’s program to provide MedicAlert’s services and a Medical ID free of charge to children in need between the ages of 4-14. This charitable program works with school nurses to identify and enroll elementary and junior high school children with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, autism, food allergies, or special needs.

MedicAlert medical IDs are linked to our live 24/7 emergency medical information and identification services. Our medical ID services relay critical information to emergency responders.

Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc.

Camp: P.O. Box 195, Knightsen, CA 4548

Web site:, :

PCC Richard Wilmot, President
E:, R: (916) 683-5697, C: (916) 527-4408

Gold Country Lions Camp - Ross Relles    (530) 470-0413

PDG Nick Nichol, Site Director

Web site:, : (916) 965-3898

Services: Provides weeklong camp FREE to Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children ages 7 – 17. LIONS provide Camperships at $400 to help provide staff proficient in American Sign Language. In the North, camp is at Camp Ross Relles above Nevada City, CA. in the heart of Gold Country next to Malakoff Diggins State Park. South Camp is at Teresita Pines near Wrightwood in the Angeles National Forest.

Activities strengthen communication skills while having fun at archery, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming, crafts and sports. 

Modern facilities: heated pool and nearby lake at both camps. 






Folsom Project for the Visually Impaired    (916) 351-3032

P.O. Box 6422, Folsom, CA 5763-6422

Don Ring PDG, Program Supervisor

Founded by Lions Club, FPVI provides several alternate-media services, including: 

1) Reading of books on tape (soon digital recordings will be available).

2) Closed captioning on VHS for the hearing impaired.

3) Gauge and distribute eyeglasses for the visually impaired.

4) Braille textbooks for blind children.

5) Tactile illustrations and maps for the blind.

6) Computer assistive technologies that ensure web pages, office documents and other electronic mediums are available to the blind/sight impaired on computer. FPVI serves the California public free of charge.

Learning Ally™, formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic®,

Founded in 1948 and now the nation’s largest audio textbook library Learning Ally is an advocate and friend to people for whom access and reading are barriers to learning.

Support our vision for all people to have equal opportunities to learn.

As a national nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of corporations, organizations, foundations and individual donors. Our ability to reach students is based on the financial support we receive from donors like you. There are four studios in California. 

Palo Alto Studio, 650) 493-3717 

2445 Faber Place, Suite 103, Palo Alto, CA 94303 

Matt Ward, Production Director, E:

Santa Barbara Studio, 805) 681-0531 

5638 Hollister Avenue, Suite 210, Santa Barbara, CA 3117 

Ethan Saxton, Production Director, E: 

Hollywood Studio, 323) 664-5525
5022 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 0027 

Sherry Weekes, Production Director, E: 

Inland Empire Studio, (909) 949-4316 

1844 W. Eleventh Street, Unit C, Upland, CA 1786 

Maureen Ahrens, Production Director, E:

Western Lions Ear Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Carpinteria, CA 3014

Toby Scott, President, (805)-289-3960

Ronald Hurd, PDG, Secretary/Treasurer, (805) 684-5838 or (805) 448-4195

Board Members - Lion Bryon Wilson, PDG Chuck Cassy, Lion Sandy Greenberg

Services: The foundation supports education, research and development toward correcting hearing impairment, especially supporting the House Ear Institute which has developed innovative and cutting edge techniques.

World Services for the Blind    (800) 248-0734

LWSB promotes and encourages education and rehabilitation training for people who are blind or visually impaired., :
PDG Ken Reed, R: (951) 925-2989, C: (951) 306-9650, E:



City of Hope      (800) 544-3541 x 26563

1055 Wilshire Blvd. 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 0017

Nancy Lewis, Director of Development

E:, (213) 241-7134 

Lion Jeanne Vaughan, City of Hope District 4-L5 Chair / Lions Family Contact

1451 Paradise Island Lane, Banning, CA 2220

R: (951) 797-0214, :

Services: World-renowned medical center and research facility treating cancer, diabetes, AIDS, and other life threatening illnesses, where physicians and scientists work together to provide treatment, care, and education for patients and their families. Current Lions Project involves renovation of the Lions Clubs International Family Center at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California.

Diabetes Awareness

Pat Sabol, Director

5300 East 6th Street, Long Beach, CA 0814-1856

R/F: (562) 597-8229, :    Federal CLIA #05D0933194

Services: Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness in the USA. 17-20 million are diabetic and 16 million are pre-diabetic according to the CDC. CDC predicts there will be 50 million diabetics by 2030. The CDC officially designates diabetes as an epidemic in this country. This project is fully licensed by the state and federal governments to perform diabetic and total cholesterol (cardiovascular related) screenings throughout MD4 with written results within 3 minutes. The project is totally portable and can screen anywhere. The instruments cannot function in direct sunlight and must be within a temperature range of 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The project can assist other MD4 District committees to become active, write procedures, obtain licenses and meet all requirements for screening and counseling.

Lions Eye Foundation of California/Nevada, Inc.

P.O. Box 7999, San Francisco, CA 4120-7999

John Schroeder, Executive Director

B: (415) 600-3950, F: (415) 600-3949


Services: Member clubs are encouraged to refer residents from their community to the Foundation’s eye clinic for surgical care. Applicants must be uninsured. The foundation does not provide glasses or contact lenses.

Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Southern CA    (800) 647-6638

5150 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 605, Long Beach CA 90804

E:, Website:, Fax: (888) 958-7554

Randy M. Stein, CEO, C: (310) 702-8655, E:

Programs: The Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation provides cataract surgeries and refurbished hearing aids to the needy and working poor of Southern California (MD4 Districts A-3, L-1 through L-6). 

Application guidelines include:
• Income between 133-175% Federal Poverty Level
• No other available medical coverage • A demonstrated need for cataract surgery
• A demonstrated need for hearing aids



California Lions Friends in Sight    Phone/Fax: (951) 845-4559

President Dr. Brian Van Dusen; Vice President Irasema Guzman

Secretary: PDG Bill Windham; Treasurer: Don Ranney

Our Mission: To restore vision and prevent blindness

Our Vision: Until blindness is gone…make time to change the world Scheduled Vision Screenings on our website: 

This project is a 501( c ) 3. Donations of all denomination are always welcome, please mail to: P O Box 7 Beaumont CA 92223

Club programs are available.

Lab & recycling location: 349 E. 4th Street, Beaumont, CA (No mail at this location)

Ear of the Lion Hearing Foundation

Terry Brooks, Director of Membership and Development    Toll Free (800) 327-8077
850 San Jose Avenue, Suite 115, Clovis, CA 93612    B: (559) 322-5466
E:    F: (559) 322-5468

Services: A hearing foundation offering to the needy hearing-impaired hearing aids and the collection of used hearing aids.

Lions In Sight

PDG Chris Morris, President, E: E:

Jim Ashcraft, First Vice President, E:, R: (858) 625-0669

PDG Walter Griffin, Second Vice President,
    E:, R: (510) 669-9022, C: (510) 507-0058

PDG Linda P. Griffin, Secretary, E:, R: (510) 669-9022

Lee Gile, Treasurer E:, R: (707) 864-1937

PID Dr. Bill Iannaccone, Coordinator Chief Operations Officer
    E:, C: (925) 708-4833

Eyeglass Collection Warehouse, (707) 645-2306

    1404 Lemon Street, Vallejo, CA 4590

Services: LIS is the Lions Clubs International used eyeglass recycling center for the Western United States. We conduct eye clinic trips monthly; establish permanent clinics in developing countries; provide eyeglasses to Lions clubs world-wide; and promote low cost eye care to the working poor in MD-4.

Lions Low Vision Services Program, “L.O.V.E.”     (818) 366-5275

John Layton - President
P.O. Box 1464, Los Angeles, CA 90001-1464
C: (323) 867-6541, E:

Leonardo "Dandi" Chomi Jr. - Secretary
P.O. Box 4800, Panorama City, CA 91412 -4800
B: (818) 830-4700, C: (818) 201-6429, : (818) 830-8191, E:

Services: The LOVE Program offers complete eye care services, including such specialties as low vision care and vision therapy. The LOVE Program works closely with the University Eye Center at Los Angeles and LSHSC. While not a free service, the program makes no charges for services rendered to those who cannot afford to pay.



the U.s. Association of Blind Athletes National Blind Runners Championship

PCC Derek Ledda 

5544 Dalhart Way, Sacramento CA 95835     (916) 205-4185, E: 

Alternate Contact Person: DG Larry Markum


USABA in helping blind athletes to realize their full potential through the sponsorship of the National Blind Runners Championship as part of the California International Marathon in Sacramento. (2) To assist blind runners in California financially with their participation in the marathon. (3) To work with the USABA and the blind runners to promote education and awareness in local communities in our 15 Districts about the capabilities of blind people, with the special aim of inspiring blind young people who will have the opportunity to meet the blind runners at special Lion sponsored local events.

Lions Float, Inc. 

Norm MacKenzie, PDG, President

1578 Palomar Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069


C: (760) 802-6018, R: (760) 743-7969


Jon Casteel, PDG, Vice President

9333 Monte Vista Street, Alta Loma, CA 91701

R: (909) 483-3532, B: (909) 985-2631
C: (951) 235-4606

LFI is a non-profit corporation formed to provide organization, support, and fund-raising for the annual Lions Clubs International float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The officers and members of the Board of Directors are elected annually from the Council of Governors, Vice District Governors, and Lions nominated from Multiple District 4. The float is a Public Relations icon that informs the parade audience and international television viewers about its community and humanitarian service world-wide.

White Cane Day, Inc.

Andy Islas, President, 617 N. Baltimore Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 1754

C: (626) 277-8288, :

Gil Rodriguez, Secretary, 306 Avondale, Monterey Park, CA 91754, : (626) 307-9420

Warehouse: P.O. Box 1, Monterey Park, CA 1754-0001 B: (626) 307-9569, : (626) 307-1611

Services: The Monterey Park Lions Club supplies all the materials for fund raising for White Cane Day to clubs throughout California and Nevada. White Cane Day is recognized by the State of California as a special fund raising event and Lions clubs have permission to solicit monetary support from the general public for the specific purpose of using such funds in sight-related projects in the community.

MD-4 Project Endorsement Criteria

I.     Candidate Projects - Multiple District wide Lions representatives

    A. Multiple district participation

        1. Service - four districts of the multiple must participate

        2. Fund-raising - four districts of the multiple must participate

        3. Endorsement - by four or more district cabinets.

    (Must meet at least two of the above criteria #1-3.)

        4. Board of Directors - project will have honorary or active Lions on the board or district representatives

II.    Requirements for Consideration

    A. Submit completed “Application for Project Endorsement Form”

    B. Submit a complete financial statement

        1. Does your project have 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) status?

III.    Project information must be distributed to any district involved or solicited with MD-4. A copy must be submitted to the Council of Governors.

Please go to, endorsed projects for the application form.

Send the application and attached materials to the MD-4 Club Services Committee, sitting Council Chairperson and the MD-4 Administative Office.

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