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Lions honored for fight against blindness

Lions honored are, from left, Richard Maxwell, Patty Davis, and Shane Hadley

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Three members of the Atmore Lions Club were honored during the September 18 meeting.
President Bub Gideons presented the Helen Keller Legacy Award to Patty Davis, Shane Hadley and Richard Maxwell. The plaque read “for your dedication and commitment to the fight against blindness.”
In 1925, when Lions International was only seven years old, Helen Keller spoke to Lions members at their annual convention and challenged them to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” That speech set the Lions’ course.
The inscription on the plaque presented to Hadley, Maxwell and Davis included this challenge from Ms. Keller in her speech to the Lions in 1925:
“I appeal to you, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are brave and strong and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves KNIGHTS OF THE BLIND in this crusade against darkness?”