The newly inducted President of the Cape Mesurado Lions, Club, Lion Davidetta L. Kotty, has disclosed plans for the acquisition of land for construction of a house for the blind and the underprivileged in the country.
Delivering her inaugural addressing minutes when she was inducted as President of the Cape Mesurado Lions’ Club at a local hotel in Monrovia, Madam Kotty said her administration plans to acquire a two-lot parcel of land for the construction of a six bedroom house for those blind and underprivileged that don’t have a place to live and referred to the United Blind Association of Liberia located on the old LPRC Road in Gardnersville.
She noted, “This might sound like a herculean task but with God above and our commitment to serve we will endeavor to achieve this goal.” Madam Kotty added that her administration intends to enlist the cooperation of the business community and all meaningful Liberians and residents in these endeavors.
“I want to remind all of us of the challenges ahead and with your support I am confident and can assure everyone here that I will continue to do my best. Cape Mesurado Lions Club’s membership is at a bare minimum. During our first two months in office, we developed programs and strategies for the growth and retention of our membership,” she said.
Kotty lauded all Lions including the immediate past President, Caroline Caranda for her commitment, hard work and dedication she exhibited during her tenure saying, “Because you really had a rugged road to travel. I say keep it up and I am looking forward to your cooperation.”
She then called on her fellow Lions, to remind themselves more to the ideals and aspirations of the founding father of Lionism who had a vision to serve humanity and make the world better for all as they continue to work as a team.
Madam Kotty said Lions Clubs, since its formation in 1991, have championed the cause of preventing blindness and restoring sight. she added that since 1972, Lions in Liberia continued to carry the torch for catering to the blind the visually impaired by not only sponsoring operations to restore sight but to also supply eye glasses to those in need; conducting tests and public awareness for diabetes which causes blindness.
The Installing Officer, Criminal Court “E” Judge Evelina Z. Quaqua for her part, informed the newly inducted President that her calling to the position is a manifestationof the outcome of her past leadership of sacrificial service to humanity, which is indicative of the motto of the Lions Club International, “We serve.”
She called on Lions in the country to encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency, and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
“As we read through the motto and purposes for which your organization was founded, we can safely say that, Liberia and yea the world needs people of your kind who are willing to serve, particularly in the cause of the most vulnerable people. We do not need a rocket scientist to tell us what self-aggrandizement and belly-drive masters can do; instead of serving the people, they become “gods” unto themselves, and our history is replete with the consequences of their mastership. We therefore agree with your motor and the purposes of your Organization,” Judge Quaqua said.
Judge Quaqua then sounded out a caveat to the elected officials that they will be watching to see as to whether the new leadership of Cape Mesurado Lion Club will live up to the true meaning of the Lions which says, a “We serve.”
She, among other things expressed optimism that, the new leadership will do nothing less than to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Cape Mesurado Lions Club was chartered in August 2009. Since then, CMLC has been carrying out various projects to fulfill its mission. In December 2010, CMLC undertook the renovation of the Boys Dormitory at the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB). In 2011, constructed a water tower at the School of the Blind in Virginia and 2012, provided mattresses to the Association of the Blind in Gardnersville.
Other projects include providing relief items to the blind, deaf and dumb and hosting of a health fair of JFK to give the underprivileged in the society an opportunity to know their diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma status. Free eye tests were conducted and glasses provided; writes, Morrison O.G. Sayon.