Serving as a Lion for Life

Karla N. HarrisKarla N. Harris is being recognized as a Champion of Change for her work in raising awareness for the visually impaired.

My dad was a Lion and I wanted to give back to the community in a meaningful way. I know of no other organization that can provide the impact that Lions Clubs International does. There are so many needs in our communities, in our country, in our world. As one person, I can serve and make a difference in my community. As a Lion, I join a family of people dedicated to serving. I will never forget the moment I handed the little white cooler of corneal transplant tissue over to the surgical clerk. “Thank you,” she said, “someone will see tonight.” Being a Lion has been the most rewarding volunteering experience I’ve ever had. I will never forget the tears rolling down the face of the 80-year-old man in Mexico when he found that after 15 years, he could finally read again through the recycled glasses I had just placed on his face. Just like I will never forget the man who told me, “You have not just provided me a Leader Dog, you have given me back my job, my freedom, my life.” I will never forget why I am a Lion. I am Lion for life.

Karla N. Harris of South Milwaukee, Wis., has been a member of the South Milwaukee Lions Club since 2002.

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