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New Lions Club president ready for fresh start

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Keris Harper, incoming president of the Lions Club of St Andrew, is flanked by Dr Garth Officer (left), outgoing president, and Khaleel Azan, charter president, during the installation dinner held at the Hotel Four Seasons in St Andrew on Sunday.

Incoming president of the Lions Club of St Andrew, Keris Harper, has charged her new team to work even harder to improve the stature of the club in the upcoming administrative year to begin on July 1.

Harper was addressing the club's annual change-of-administration ceremony at the Hotel Four Seasons in St Andrew on Sunday.

"The year that lies ahead now represents a fresh start, it's a chance to set new goals and strive for a better future, but we are nothing without our past. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness, and today, as Lions, we remain committed to saving sight," Harper said.

"Children with visual impairment and blindness have always been a Lions priority, and refractive errors are known to be the primary cause of visual impairment in children which can seriously affect the learning process, so I am, therefore, proposing that we make this an area of focus for the coming year," she added.

Three-pronged approach

Harper further highlighted a three-pronged approach that she intends to implement in the 2015-2016 year.

"One, that we improve our vision-screening process in selective schools with appropriate follow-ups and correction. Two, that we improve community awareness and visibility as well the education on sight preservation; and, finally, to improve fund-raising activities reaching out to both national and international sources to assist the process," she said.

Harper also stated that they would neglect ongoing projects in the area of health, youth and education, community and environment and disabilities outreach.

"We must make the effort to grow and strengthen our membership while we also improve the membership experience within our club so that we can grow in numbers and stature not only as a club but as a movement," she continued.

Harper is a medical technologist by profession and has been a very dynamic member of the club since May 25, 2009.