Re: ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Ray Campbell

Hi Lion Joey:

Yes, LCI did act very swiftly and changed the white cane replica. For those that didn't hear the story at Milly's Place, in the Fall after we passed the resolution, the North American-Caribbean Region of the World Blind Union met at Hadley in Winnetka, Illinois. We tried to get someone from LCI to come to that meeting since Oak Brook, IL isn't far from there so we could thank them for moving so swiftly. Well, I guess Oak Brook was to far from Winnetka for them to do that.


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

-----Original Message-----
From: ACB-Lions@... <ACB-Lions@...> On Behalf Of Joey
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2021 5:05 AM
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Subject: Re: [ACB-Lions] ACB Lions White Cane Resolution

Did Lions clubs international change this by chance does anyone know? Just was curious since this is the first time I saw this resolution.

On Jul 22, 2021, at 11:57 PM, Ray Campbell <ray153056@...> wrote:

´╗┐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; and

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 Ray153056@...

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