Rhonda Lathem from Memory Matters was the guest speaker at the 18 April Jekyll Island Lions Club dinner meeting. Memory Matters, formerly Alzheimer’s of Glynn/Brunswick, is a local non-profit organization that focuses on adult onset memory impairment. In particular, it provides support to caregivers, educates the public about dementia, and organizes social interactions for those with memory problems. Memory Matters has a house near the hospital in Brunswick which, we learned, would accept volunteer support. In a follow-up conversation, some Club members offered to help paint three rooms at the Memory Matters House which are then going to be used for a new Memory Cafe. The Cafe will become a facility where caregivers can drop off patients for a few hours while they take care of their own affairs. The painting party will take place 19 and 20 May.
In other upcoming news, the Jekyll Island Lions Club and many students from the Golden Isles College and Career Academy are planning to join the work weekend at the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind near Waycross. Dr. Rick Townsend, CEO of the Career Academy, was a previous guest speaker at a Club dinner meeting and his visit has blossomed into this joint activity. The students and many of the Lion volunteers will be at the camp on 5 May.
Last week, an attempt was made to arrange a schedule between members of the Jekyll Island and Brunswick Lions Clubs to volunteer at the monthly eye clinics in Brunswick. The clinics are run by the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation at the Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP) facility. Alternating dates didn’t work for the Brunswick Lions POCs, so Jekyll Lions will remain the primary volunteers.