The Lions Center for the Visually Impaired preserves vision, fosters independence and enhances the quality of life for adults in the East Bay who are blind or at risk for vision loss and serves as a trusted source of information and expertise on blindness in the community.
Are you losing your sight? Are you worried about a friend or family member who shows signs of vision loss? We're here to help.
The Lions Center for the Visually Impaired offers services focused on early detection and intervention in order to prevent or slow vision loss from age-related eye disease. We also give older adults in the East Bay the tools and skills they need to maintain their health, independence and quality of life despite vision loss.
In 1925 Helen Keller implored the Lions to become knights of the blind and here we are today. As a member of the Ambrose-Pittsburg Lions Club it made sense to become involved in LCVI. I can’t think of a better way to help our community. LCVI is continually working to find new ways to improve the lives of the visually impaired people that we come in contact with.
I was born in Denver Colorado in 1948. After graduating from High School, I joined the US Marines and the next fours years served in Vietnam followed by Alaska. After the service I became a police officer and then a detective.
I joined Crockett Lions Club in 1992 and became interested in helping and working with the visually impaired. Over the last 25 years I have had a connection with the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired (Diablo Valley Lions Blind Center), whether it was serving as House and Grounds, a board member or preparing meals for the visually impaired clients.
My involvement with the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired began in the mid 1980’s serving as a club representative. And then being asked to serve on the board, chairing many committees and then president.
My background is in automotive. I have owned my own business and have worked at the corporate and dealership levels in a managerial position. With my background, I bring to the board management, financial and organizational skills. I have been involved in organizing and implementing board campaigns, fund raisers and golf tournaments.
Vision is an important part of my interests and serve on the boards of several foundations promoting eye health care to those in need. Serving on the board gives me the opportunity to further my commitment to increasing the quality of life for those with vision issues.
I have been a Lion for over 35 years and held various offices including District Governor of District 4-C3 in 2018-2019. I am a retired accountant. My hobbies are reading, boating and bowling. I have always been a supporter of Lions Center for the Visually Impaired/LCVI and when I was asked to run for Treasurer I was happy to do so.
I am married with 2 children and 3 grandchildren, I am also a retired teacher. At home I enjoy knitting, baking, and some crafts.
I have been a Lion for about 20 years. I’ve been treasurer and president of our club and Zone Chair and Administrative Assistant for the district. Student Speakers are my passion. I’ve served as District Chair. I am a Director of the Student Speaker Foundation.
I have supported LCVI through the years and felt it was time for me to be more active in my support. Being a Board member lets me do this.
I have been a Lion since 2017, and my passion is vision screening for school children. When I am not doing Lions work, you can find me on the golf course.
I am Audrey Nieman, a retired Middle School English teacher. I am a member of Richmond-Pinole Lions Club where I have been a member since 2000, serving as president, treasurer, and currently as secretary. I am also a Life member of Soroptimist International of Richmond, and I have been a member since 1980 serving as president, secretary, and currently as treasurer. I enjoy Ham Radio and belong to two local clubs. I work as a volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul distributing food twice a week, and I am Conference Secretary. I also volunteer with Writer Coach Connection assisting Middle and High School students with their writing and composition skills. I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and genealogy.
I am a person who enjoys helping people in need.
My interests are in bowling, and watching sports.
I became a Board Member for I believe in and want to help maintain the goals of the LCVI center.
I am a retired Federal employee, and a retired Hospital Volunteer Director. I became a board member because I believe in the mission of the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired/LCVI, and I like helping those in need.
I retired 10 years ago as the Contra Costa County Asst. Clerk Recorder after 31 years of service. I still go back and help with the primary and general elections. I have been a Martinez Lion since 1988 and part of the new Martinez Lady Lions Club (formally the Martinez Lioness Club) since 2011. I have served as President of the Lions Center for the Visually Impaired/LCVI and been a member of the Board of Directors for over 20 years. Although Lions Clubs offer many service opportunities, LCVI is my favorite. Not only have I learned so much about sight and the visually Impaired community, I have met the most wonderful people (clients, supporters, LCVI team) who have enriched my life.
I am currently serving as 1st Vice District Governor for Lions International, and serve as a member of Byron Delta Lions Club . I am retired from the work force having spend a 20 year career in semiconductor technology. I now spend my time golfing, spending time with my family and doing volunteer work.
Dennis “Denny” Grotrain
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