White Cane Day - October 15, 2013
History of the White Cane:
People who are blind have used canes as a mobility tool for centuries, but, it was not until after WWI that the white cane was introduced.
In the United States the introduction of the white cane is attributed to George A. Bonham of the Lions Club International.
In 1930 a Lions Club member watched as a man who was blind attempted to cross the street with a black cane that was barely visible to motorists against dark pavement.
The Lions decided to paint the cane white to make it more visible.
In 1931, Lions Clubs International began a program promoting the use of white canes for people who are blind.
The first special white cane ordinance was passed in December 1930 in Peoria, Illinois granting blind pedestrians protections and the right-of-way while carrying a white cane.
Do You Like to Serve the Community?
Come get to know the Lions and join us for a delicious catered lunch, an interesting program and wonderful fellowship for an hour every Thursday at 11:30 at the Wells Fargo Bank Tower, 400 W. 15th Street, 3rd floor Conference Room.
Lunch is on us for your first meeting as a guest, but registration is required. Please see the calendar
for more information and to register to attend our next meeting.