Mayor John Henckel proclaimed April to be “White Cane Month” in the city of Cushing Monday night.

White Cane is the biggest fundraiser of the Lions Club – raising funds for the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank as well as the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch located in Perkins.

Excerpts from the proclamation:

“Whereas, the Lions Clubs of Oklahoma extend the hope of vision to those who are blind or visually impaired through the service of the Oklahoma Lions Eye Bank.  It also extends to troubled youth the hope of security and guidance through the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch;

Whereas, each year, Lions provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings, make 20,000 corneal transplants and collect more than 5 million pairs of used eye glasses for distribution to developing countries: and

Whereas, every citizen of our state benefits from the services provided through the Lions Eye Bank, the Lions Boys Ranch and other service programs; the unselfish dedication and devotion to serve by the Lions of Oklahoma is a most noble effort deserving of recognition and support by all citizens…

Now, therefore, I, John R. Henckel, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Cushing, Oklahoma do hereby proclaim the month of April, 2009 as WHITE CANE MONTH.”

Look for the yellow vests as Lions Club members will be taking donations over the weekend.  Members will be at the Post Office Friday morning and at Escott’s and Wal-mart on Saturday.  Their annual White Cane Auction will be held Tuesday, April 28th at noon.  All are welcome to attend.