Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear!
This past week my wife, Donna, and I spent 4 days at the VIP Fishing Tournament in Manteo. I was continually amazed at how true and how often that statement played out during the time we spent with the blind and visually impaired folks. They acknowledged the kindness that we showed by baiting their hook. They acknowledged the kindness we showed by taking the little fish off the hook. They acknowledged the kindness we showed by sharing some time with them asking about their lives. They acknowledged the kindness we showed by offering them a soda or a bottle of water. They could not offer enough thanks and praise to the Lions for what they did for them. And there was nothing more rewarding than to see how appreciative the VIPs were for spending some time to visit with them on a one on one basis. The day of fishing on the pier was a great treat for them and for us. It was such a pleasure to see how elated they were when they caught a fish and most of the fish were about 1-3 ounces in size.
What was equally rewarding and heartwarming was seeing about 50-75 teenage kids from several LEO clubs helping the VIPs while they were fishing. Two teenage girls truly made the day for one VIP as they baited the hook they talked to the worms saying “poor little worm” but we need to feed you to the fish. Then when the VIP pulled up the fish they would talk to the fish saying “nice little fish you made someone very happy”. This particular gentleman VIP won an award for the most fish and he told this story to the entire room of 700 VIPs and volunteers. In his case “kindness truly was a language that the blind could see” and he will remember this day for the rest of his life.
If any Lion wants a truly amazing and rewarding experience, I recommend that you spend a couple of days next year at the VIP Fishing tournament. It will cost you less than $100 for 3 days of lodging and food and you will get to spend some quality time with many great VIPs.
Mark your calendar. The District 31F mid-winter convention is coming up soon. The date is Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at the Hampton Inn Suites in Southern Pines. I will provide more information in the next newsletter.