DR. VIC ROEDER, left, receives a check for $392 from Ripon Lions Club President Betty Stutzman and past president Greg Coburn to cover the cost of eyewear for two individuals.	    RCP file photo
DR. VIC ROEDER, left, receives a check for $392 from Ripon Lions Club President Betty Stutzman and past president Greg Coburn to cover the cost of eyewear for two individuals. RCP file photo

     Optometrists such as those at Visioncare Associates in Ripon seek to keep patients’ eyes healthy and strong.

     But not everyone has the financial resources to pay for the sort of services they offer.

     Purchasing prescription glasses isn’t necessarily cheap.

     Employees at Visioncare know this well.

     “There was a gentleman trying to get in to a job at Alliance Laundry and he couldn’t pass this physical because of his sight, and he could not afford glasses,” said Tammy Niemuth of Visioncare. “So he couldn’t get a job because he couldn’t pass this physical.”

     That’s when the Ripon Lions Club stepped in.

     “Because we helped him out and got glasses for him immediately, he was able to go to work that much sooner,” said Greg Coburn, past president of the Ripon Lions Club. “It’s a benefit to him not only to improve his eyesight, but a benefit to get him working.”

     Each year, quietly, the Lion’s Club steps forward to help individuals such as this gentleman, seeking neither recognition nor appreciation for their efforts. ...

To read the entire column, see the July 11, 2019 edition of
The Ripon Commonwealth Press.