ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Ray Campbell

Hello Lions:

I found the Resolution ACB Lions got passed by ACB calling on LCI to change
their white cane symbol. It was passed at the 2014 ACB Conference and
Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The full text of the resolution is below.

Lions Replica Canes
Resolution 2014-02

Whereas, the mission of Lions Clubs International (LCI) is to empower
volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs and encourage
peace and promote international understanding through Lionism, and its
vision is to become the global leader in community and humanitarian service;

Whereas, since LCI's founding in 1917, members have joined together from all
walks of life to embrace the philosophy of Lions Clubs International as
embodied in its motto: "we serve"; and

Whereas, hundreds of members who are blind and visually impaired have heeded
the call to serve in their communities in an effort to share their talents
by actively initiating and participating in community service projects; and

Whereas, many such members also serve in positions of leadership as club
officers and directors, and at the district level as zone chairpersons and
district governors; and

Whereas, since 1951, when the Monterey Park, California, club began the
practice, LCI has used a small, plastic cane with a crook for the handle to
symbolize its annual fundraising campaign on behalf of the blind; and

Whereas, the image of blind persons has changed significantly for the better
since World War II when the crooked cane was the standard mobility tool for
blind veterans; and

Whereas, the crooked cane, while still utilized for providing support for
individuals with mobility and/or balance limitations, no longer accurately
reflects the modern white cane used by a vast majority of blind persons
throughout the world as a mobility tool - a cane which is straight and often
lacks a red tip; and

Whereas, hundreds of thousands of LCI's crooked canes are placed in letters
soliciting donations on behalf of the blind, thereby inadvertently
misleading the public regarding the appearance of the modern white cane; and

Whereas, the American Council of Blind Lions - which will celebrate its 43rd
anniversary this summer as a chartered affiliate of the American Council of
the Blind - believes that the bulky, crooked handle cane reflects an
inaccurate and outdated stereotype, the white cane as a fundraising symbol
for LCI should accurately and positively represent the cane used by today's
independent blind person;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in
convention assembled on the 17th day of July, 2014, at the Riviera Hotel in
Las Vegas, Nevada, that the American Council of the Blind, join with its
special-interest affiliate, ACB Lions, in calling upon Lions Clubs
International to update its white cane symbol by adopting a replica straight
cane to accurately reflect the cane used by the vast majority of blind
persons to safely and independently navigate worldwide; and

Be it further resolved that ACB Lions and LCI recognize the contribution of
Ms. Agnes Douglass for her decades-long work producing these canes and offer
assistance to her in changing over to the new straight cane; and

Be it further resolved that this resolution be transmitted to Scott
Drumheller, Executive Administrator, Lions Clubs International and Noel
Mason, Division Manager of Club Supplies, LCI.


Ray Campbell, Secretary

Lion Ray Campbell, Immediate Past President, Glen Ellyn Lions Club and
President, American Council of Blind Lions

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