The Shelton Community Lions Club members volunteer wherever they\u2019re needed, according to club President David Haddad. In support of the International Lions Club organization\u2019s commitment to health, sight, youth and building local communities, the Shelton Lions collected 5,000 eyeglasses and eyeglass lens to recycle last year. These are donated to people who cannot afford to purchase corrective lenses. \u201cWe had collection boxes set up at the senior center, libraries and at different pharmacies throughout the city,\u201d Haddad said. This year the Shelton Lions provided eye screenings for adults at local corporations, such as Pitney Bowes. With the assistance of Dr. James Pinke, of Pinke Eye Center in Shelton, and his wife, individuals were able to receive complimentary screenings to identify vision problems. \u201cAt the screenings, they simply tell them the information about their vision and recommend that they visit an ophthalmologist,\u201d Haddad said. \u201cWhat is nice is that they do not steer people to their practice.\u201d The Shelton Lions Club appreciates the couple\u2019s efforts because it\u2019s difficult to find doctors to volunteer for this important health initiative, Haddad said. Although plans are not finalized yet, this fall the Lions Club hopes to host another public vision screening at the Shelton Community Center. Child vision screenings For the past three to five years, the club has also sponsored pediatric eye screenings at several daycare centers in the area. \u201cThis is a project I\u2019m very excited about,\u201d Haddad said. In keeping with its commitment to improving vision, the Lions Club supports guide dog service organizations. It often sponsors demonstrations in Shelton. Every year the Lions Club also holds an International Peace Poster contest. Children ages 11 to 13 are invited to submit drawings based upon a theme about peace. According to Haddad, this year\u2019s theme was \u201cChildren Know Peace.\u201d Haddad said Shelton\u2019s chapter is \u201cthe most successful in the state\u201d for the number of submissions from children. Giving back to the community Natalie Skinner joined the Shelton Lions Club three years ago because she wanted \u201cto give back\u201d to the community. \u201cIt\u2019s very gratifying to work with the Lions Club,\u201d Skinner said. \u201cMy parents always did volunteer work.\u201d Providing holiday baskets and food is another way the Lions Club cares for the Shelton community. Working closely with the Christian Counseling Center, VFW and Shelton High School, members assisted 14 local families this spring. They also regularly prepare and serve meals at the Spooner House. During the Christmas season, the Shelton Lions Club members volunteer to ring the bell in front of Walmart and collect monetary donations for the Salvation Army. This spring the Lions presented a $300 scholarship to a Shelton High School senior. 00020000057000000BC2 Annual raffle boosts projects Skinner, who was active in the Lions Club\u2019s Easter project, also was responsible for soliciting prizes from local merchants for the club\u2019s annual raffle. Every year, members sell $1 raffle tickets from Fourth of July through Shelton Day, which will be held Oct. 6 this year. Prizes include an iPad, 39-inch flat-screen television and many gift certificates. The raffle tickets are sold at local businesses and every Wednesday night from 7 to 9 at Shelton\u2019s Music Under the Stars concert series on the Huntington Green. \u201cPeople here in Shelton are very generous,\u201d Skinner said. New members are welcome Founded by a Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman, in 1917, the international philanthropic organization has more than 1.35 million members. \u201cWe can be found in 200 countries, and the Lions Club is the only service organization that has a voting seat at the United Nations,\u201d Haddad said. Haddad is a charter member of the Shelton club, which was formed in 2010. Prior to establishing a Shelton chapter, residents had joined the Derby club. \u201cAt that time, the district decided that Shelton was big enough to have its own club,\u201d Haddad explained. The Shelton chapter currently has about 20 members ranging in age from early 30s to 80, according to Haddad. \u201cWe\u2019re always looking for new members, both men and women,\u201d he said.