We have 53 Clubs in our District with over 1199 members! We are in the Eastern part of Province of Newfoundland & Labrador, taking in all Clubs from Gander at the West to Pouch Cove in the East, which by the way is the first Lions Club in North America to see the Sunrise.
Together with our partners in service in District N-3, the Canadian Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centre, the Multiple District, and the Department of Justice, we are operating a satellite eyeglass recycling facility at the Bishop's Falls Correctional Centre (“BFCC”). We have two donated CLERC lens meters in operation by the inmates there. Correctional officers and inmates have eagerly embraced the program and production of glasses. Some of the finished product will go to Haiti, and the rest will be trucked to Nova Scotia.
We have also created an exciting partnership with the RCMP with the help of Lion Boyd Merrill. Clubs have the option of dropping off collected eyeglasses to any of the 44 RCMP detachments in the province, and the RCMP will work to ensure that the glasses get to Bishop’s Falls. No large bulk shipments that would overburden the RCMP officers or take up too much space in their detachments, please. If you are taking glasses to the RCMP, please make small shipments of a few boxes or bags scattered throughout the year. Bulk drop offs from Clubs in N-4 should be made to the correctional centres in Clarenville or St. John’s, or even Bishop’s Falls. Please mark all boxes clearly as "Eyeglasses for Transport to Bishop's Falls Correctional Centre." This system was designed to prevent stockpiles building up and will ensure there is a steady stream of glasses to Bishop's throughout the year