Lions are part of a distinguished service history, dedicated to serving the blind and the vision impaired. At a 1925 convention Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become her “Knights for the Blind”, as crusaders against blindness. By conducting vision screenings to detect eye problems and providing glasses, Lions can change the future for many people.
Lions Clubs also help bring communities together. We work closely with the city, police, schools, the Chamber of Commerce, churches and nursing homes to plan together how Lions can help the residents in our area.
Volunteers are always welcome to serve on projects or committees. Please contact us by completing the form on the “Contact Us” page, or contact any member.
We conduct free vision screenings for adults and children in a variety of places and community gatherings. We provide free vision screenings to children in the Savannah area through our KidsightUSA program, using the Welch Alyn Spot Vision Screener. This is a handheld, portable device designed to help easily detect vision issues on children as young as 6 months old, as well as adults. Both eyes are screened at once from a 3 foot distance and the results are immediately displayed on the computer screen. This computer display allows for early detection of near & far sightedness, unequal refractive power, blurred vision, pupil size deviation and eye misalignment. People are referred an eye doctor for further care as needed.
Would you like to help the Pooler Lions with some vision screenings at area schools? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you about how you can help us with this community service for our students.
The Pooler Lions sponsor Sight for Students in area schools, which allows qualifying local students to obtain vouchers for free vision care.
Used glasses are collected and sent to the GA Lions Lighthouse for redistribution.
Donation boxes are located in Pooler at: Wal-Mart Optical Dept, 160 Pooler Pkwy; Sam’s Club Optical Dept, 15 Mill Creek Cir; Vision Works, 276 Pooler Pkwy, ste b; Low Country Eye Care, 1000 Towne Center Blvd, ste 502; MyEye Doctor, 105 Grand Central Blvd; Pooler Senior Center, 755 Plantation Dr; Godley Station School, 2135 Benton Blvd; and Pooler Elementary School, 308 Holly Ave.
If you don’t see a Pooler Lions Club donation box please ask as some are in back room areas.
We put up American flags along Hwy 80 for patriotic holidays.
We read to students at Godley Station and tutor Pooler Elementary students.
We award a $1,000 college scholarship to a graduating Pooler high school senior. For more information click on the “Scholarship” tab above.
We deliver holiday cards to the residents of the local nursing homes.
We provide stuffed lions to the Pooler Police for kids in traumatic situations.
Georgia Eye Institute / Dr. Judith Piros
Each month, we honor businesses that support the Pooler Lions Club. One of the Pooler Lions Club Businesses of the Month for August is Dr. Judith Piros of Georgia Eye Institute. She has been an ongoing supporter of our “Chipping for Charity” annual golf fundraiser and we thank her for her generous support.
Dr. Piros is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who has been practicing in Savannah since 1991. She is part of the team of surgeons at Georgia Eye Institute and specializes in cataract and anterior segment surgery, glaucoma surgery, and surgical diseases of the eye. Their goal is to help each patient enjoy a lifetime of the best possible vision. Their commitment to leading edge technology and advanced surgical techniques is surpassed only by their dedication to providing their patients the personal quality medical care they expect and deserve.
Dr. Piros is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, and Georgia Medical Society. She is also involved with the Savannah Center for Blind and Low Vision.
She is proud of the sight-giving impact made by her and Dr. William Degenhart. They traveled to the Dominican Republic last year and performed 103 cataract surgeries during the visit. The state-of-the-art equipment that they brought was then donated to the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Piros has office hours in Pooler, Savannah, Statesboro and Bluffton, SC.
Their Pooler office is located at 1000 Towne Center Unit 806, Pooler, GA 31322. Call Dr. Piros at 912-352-7941.
Pictured above is Dr. Judith Piros
Gastroenterology Consultants of Savannah
Gastroenterology Consultants of Savannah is also one of the August 2020 Pooler Lions Club Businesses of the Month. They have continued to support the Pooler Lions Club as a repeat sponsor of our Chipping for Charity golf fundraiser, and we thank them for their ongoing generosity.
The Gastroenterology Consultants team is dedicated in addressing your digestive health issues and providing you with the most effective and latest treatments for digestive diseases and conditions. The St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler campus is designed with a state-of-the-art endoscopy suite to provide the most advanced care for all of your gastroenterology needs including both complex and routine procedures.
Their choosing to relocate their Pooler office to the St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler campus was based on the comfort and convenience they can offer to their established patients as well as new patients. They are grateful to their patients for entrusting them with their healthcare.
Gastroenterology Consultants of Savannah’s St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus is located at 101 St. Joseph’s/Candler Drive, Suite 310, Pooler, GA. 31322. Call them at 912-354-9447 or visit www.gastrosav.com.
Pictured above are (l – r): Dr. Branden S. Hunter, Dr. Gregory D. Borak, Dr. Ansley S. Tharpe, and Dr. Travis F. Wiggins
TWO POOLER STUDENTS ADVANCE IN
LIONS INTERNATIONAL PEACE POSTER CONTEST
Pooler, November 12, 2019 – Elijah Stevens, a 6th grader at Godley Station School and Addison Rowan, a 7th grader at West Chatham Middle School won a local competition sponsored by the Pooler Lions Club. They will now advance to the next level of competition.
Stevens and Rowans’ posters are among more than 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 32nd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. The goal of the Lions Club with this project is to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.
One winning poster was selected from each school that participated by the Peace Poster Committee, including Karen Nierle, Committee Chair, Linda Saytanides, President, and members of the board. The theme of this year’s contest is “Journey of Peace”. The two posters were selected based on the following criteria: originality, artistic merit, and portrayal of the contest theme.
According to the Committee Chair, “The students’ artwork was very impressive, which made judging very difficult. You could tell a lot of time and effort was put into this project. Kudos to Ms. Sims from Godley Station School and Ms. Glover from West Chatham Middle School for encouraging their students to participate in this competition.”
Stevens and Rowan will now advance to the district, multiple district, and international rounds of competition. One grand prize winner and 23 merit winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 plus a trip for the winner and two family members to an award ceremony.
Good luck to Elijah and Addison as their posters advance in the competition.
Update: On 1/2/20 we learned that Addison Rowan is the second place winner for District 18N. Congratulations Addison!
Locally, Elijah and Addison were honored for their participation by the Pooler Lions Club at the Club’s Meet and Greet on Tuesday, November 26t2h held at Lovezzola’s on Route 80 in Pooler.
View international grand prize and merit winners at www.lionsclubs.org/peaceposter
Lions Club International is the world’s largest service club organization with over 1 million members in more than 47,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. In addition to its efforts toward conquering blindness, the organization has made a strong commitment to community service and helping youth throughout the world.
Shown above is Addison Rowan (l) and Elijah Stevens (r).
We provide food and discounted hotel rooms for military personnel stranded at the Savannah Airport USO.