Wally Smith, VP accepting the award for the Marana-Foothills Optimist Club

One of the recipients of a Saddle Notes Award this year is the Marana-Foothills Optimist Club in support of their joint effort with IMPACT of Southern Arizona and the Lions and Elks clubs to provide vision screening and glasses to students in the Copper Corridor.

The Glasses for Children program is an initiative of IMPACT of Southern Arizona. According to their website, “A screening of thousands of children in the Copper Corridor of Pinal County, done by local Lions Club partners revealed 28 percent of high school students needed glasses and 17 percent of preschool and elementary children were in need. We partner to purchase glasses and complete eye exams for low income families: each child receives two pairs of glasses and an exam for only $69. We can also help with transportation to the appointment. If children qualify, we can help families get free glasses through AHCCCS instead.”

According to Wally Smith, vice-president of the Marana-Foothills Optimist Club, they often partner with IMPACT to support their programs in the community. Wally and club member Bill Lundquist attended the Awards breakfast in July.

As a result of the articles written by residents for the Saddlebag Notes and the more than 100 volunteers who deliver the paper each month Saddle Notes Inc. is able to provide grants each year to organizations that strive to improve the lives of residents in communities neighboring SaddleBrooke. The Arizona Daily Star provides Saddle Notes Inc. a donation in recognition of the residents efforts to create and deliver the paper from Saddlebag Notes’ advertising revenue. Our advertisers, some of whom have advertised for many years, recognize the value of the Saddlebag Notes and its contributions to the community.

You can help Saddle Notes continue to make grants to these worthy organizations by becoming a delivery volunteer. Contact David Taylor at 520-818-3344 or dvt1612@gmail.com.