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San-Cap Lions Club shows support for Southeastern Guide Dogs

By Staff | Apr 3, 2018

PHOTO PROVIDED Sanibel-Captiva Lions Rick Wagner, second from left, Jeff MacDonald and Bob Kern present a donation to Carole Bloom, left, and Ron Bloom, right, with Southeastern Guide Dogs.

The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club has been a longtime supporter of Southeastern Guide Dogs, which pairs trained dogs with the visually impaired and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder.

“It’s not really our goal to be the biggest organization training guide dogs, just the best,” Ron Bloom, of Southeastern Guide Dogs, said. “We train 100 dogs per year and there is a 20-day training program for the recipient, who receives a dog for life through us.”

Bloom was the guest speaker, along with Carole Bloom, at the club’s March dinner meeting.

“The most impressive thing about working with this organization is meeting those who have received a dog and hear their story,” he said. “It truly changes their life.”

The club recently presented a donation to the organization, which made an appearance at the club’s 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair to draw additional attention to its work and highlight the partnership.

PHOTO PROVIDED Southeastern Guide Dogs ambassadors made an appearance at the Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club's 35th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair to raise awareness about the organization and its mission.

“Sight is one of the Lions’ defining causes, so we believe the work of the Southeastern Guide Dogs is very important,” President Tom Nachazel said.

The Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at The Community House. The Sanibel Police Department will talk about personal safety at the next one.

Visiting Lions are welcome.

For more information, visit sanibelcaptivalions.org or contact Steve Schulz at stevenschulz@comcast.net or 239-233-6261.