Patterson Lions Club members devoted three days at the beginning of the month to visit local schools for Spot Vision screening. Those Lions include Ken Christiansen, past district governor and spot screening chairman, as well as well as Patterson members Jerry Hoxie, Jim Cox, Chuck Profito, Leonard Profito, Pete La Torre and Adrian Patterson. Lions gave 43 hours of service through the program.

Members examined the vision of preschoolers, kindergarteners and special education students at Northmead, Grayson, Las Palmas, Apricot Valley and the West Valley Learning Center March 1, 2 and 3.

Lions, along with Patterson Joint Unified School District nurses, tested 654 children age 10 and younger, and 127 of those children were referred to eye doctors. One student under age 18 was tested and referred to doctors.

The Spot Vision Screener is a handheld instrument with a video display on the rear of the unit that provides visual and audible cues to attract the subject’s attention and gaze. It’s designed to measure refractive power of the eye by measuring light reflexes from the retina. It also estimates pupil size and distance and eye gaze deviation.

Spot Vision screens for irregularly shaped corneas or lenses, near sightedness, farsightedness, differences between the two eyes, misalignment of the eyes, and lazy eye and pupil size anomalies, according to documents provided by La Torre.

Clubs in the Lions District 4A1, which serves the central San Joaquin Valley including Patterson, raised money that was then matched by a grant. The district purchased five Spot Vision Screeners at $7,000 each, carrying on the charge Helen Keller gave them in 1925 to become “knights of the blind.”

Lions’ SightFirst programs work to fight causes of blindness and give screening to persons who are visually impaired.

Soroptimists observe Saturday of Service

Soroptimist International of Patterson joined other chapters throughout the world in observance of Saturday of Service March 5. The local service organization, took part in three different events that day.

Members dropped off five containers of household and personal items at the Haven Women’s Center in Modesto. Soroptimists also assisted with the Patterson Joint Unified School District’s Special Olympics at Patterson High School. At Delta Charter High School in Tracy, they held an empowerment seminar for the campus’s “S Club,” featuring a lineup of four different speakers who talked with young ladies about giving back to others and empowering themselves.

Soroptimists meet the first, second and third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce office inside the U.S. Bank building, 13 Plaza Circle.

For more information, contact Gloria Satcher, co-president, 892-0667.

50-Plus Club to meet

The Patterson 50-Plus Club will meet for its monthly meeting at the Hammon Senior Center, 1033 West Las Palmas Ave., at 5:30 p.m. March 21.

New officers Al Parham, president; Bob Covolo, vice president; Cathy Ferreiro, secretary; Pat Maisetti, treasurer; and E.J. Houston, sunshine chairperson, will be installed.

The club will provide corned beef and cabbage, and members and guests are asked to bring dessert, salad, primary dishes and their own table service. Those who plan on attending should respond as soon as possible to Bob and Joel Covolo at 892-8674.

Membership in the 50-Plus Club is open to anyone over age 50. Dues are $10 per year.

Patterson gardeners welcome Ed Perry

Patterson Garden Club members will gather March 25 at the Las Palmas Mobile Estates Clubhouse, 250 East Las Palmas Ave.

The special guest is Ed Perry, retired county agriculturist, who will answer gardening questions at 9:30 a.m. Refreshments are slated for 9 a.m.

For more information, call Diane Adams, 209-895-6158.

Maddy Houk: 892-6187 ext. 302,

PI community reporter

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