The Duncan Banner

October 3, 2013

Lions Ride for Sight helps three people get glasses

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Duncan Evening Lions Club raised just under $3,000 with its 4th annual Ride For Sight Poker Run.

George Hazelbaker said they were disappointed in the turnout and didn’t make as much as they had hoped, but it was because there were a couple of other events that were going on of which they were unaware. One of those was a motorcycle rally in Northwest Arkansas.

“Most bikers went up there,” he said Wednesday. “We were shooting for about $3,000, just came up short a bit. We don’t have all the figures in quite yet.”

Another dilemma was the accidental double scheduling on the same day that Bark in the Park was held. The bikers met at the Pirkle Pavilion in Fuqua Park, but at the same time, there were pet vaccinations taking place.  

Hazelbaker said they were able to work around that some, especially since they had less than 10 bikers. Normally, 15-30 riders participate in the annual event.

Proceeds are used for sight conservation, primarily in Duncan and Stephens County, for eyeglasses for youth and senior citizens. He said Comanche no longer has a Lions Club, but Marlow does. Because of that, the Evening Lions tries to assist individuals in the southern region of the county.

“We discussed the three applicants last night (Tuesday) and approved them,” he said. “We usually do that every month.”

He didn’t have an exact figure on how many people they assisted in 2012, but is fairly certain they have approved more than a dozen people this year.

All those assisted with eyeglasses are from this region. Additionally, the Evening Lions chapter makes donations to the state eye bank and to the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch in Perkins.

“Usually they (the boys) are recommended to us by Department of Human Services,” he said.

Since the eye bank’s inception in 1947, Hazelbaker said Lions Club chapters across Oklahoma have helped with over 17,000 transplants.

“Ride for Sight is to raise money for our eyeglass program (locally) primarily. We will be doing it again next September. We’ve already scheduled one fo the third Saturday of September,” Hazelbaker said.

Assisting the club were members of the Red Hat Society of Duncan, led by Cleta Taylor.

“Cleta is the Red Hat club’s queen. This is the second year they’ve helped and they are a fun group,” he said.

Duncan Evening Lions Club chartered in April 1974. They meet at 6 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at DRH cafeteria. They currently have 16 members. Chapter president is Dick Heuckendorf. If anyone is interested in donating or becoming a member, they can contact Hazelbaker at or 580-252-1241.