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Our 1st Vice Governors and their spouses are packing up and leaving town! StartingLeader Dog Puppy tomorrow, they will all take part in a summer visit to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

The mission for the Leader Dogs for the Blind is to empower people who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind with the skillset of independent travel for a lifetime. Leader Dogs and Lions Club International have a great working relationship. In fact, three Detriot-based Lions founded the organization back in 1939.

At the time of its inception, the organization was called the Lions Leader Dog Foundation. The foundation began with a small farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and a dream to make a difference. The first class graduated on October 8, 1939. It wasn’t long after incorporation that the Board of Directors requested that the word, “Lions” be removed from the name because they had not sanctioned official support of the organization. In June 1940, the organization officially became the “Leader Dog League for the Blind.”

For decades, the Lions Clubs have acted as the backbone of Leader Dog by providing financial support, introduced thousands of clients to the organization and serving on the Board of Trustees.

Each summer, first vice governors are invited to the Leader Dogs Campus to learn more about the services provided by the organization, visit with the trainers, see canines in action and hear more about their ongoing developments, including the Canine Development Center. A lot of information will be packed into one short week, but we know they will have a great time.

From all of us here at Lions Pride, we wish our first vice governors a safe and enjoyable trip to Leader Dogs in Rochester Hills. We can’t wait to hear your stories when you return.