How will your club meet the challenge of our District Governor Jerry Lee Thomas to “Roar Lions Roar”? One idea is to ask your local mayor to issue a proclamation on October 15th as “White Cane Safety Day.”
White Cane Safety Day was first observed in 1964 after a proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The first “White Cane Safety Day’ served as a safety reminder to promote courtesy and special consideration to people who are blind. Since this first observance, White Cane Day has taken on greater meaning as a time to celebrate the independence of people who are blind and their right to participate fully in society. The white cane is not only an effective mobility tool, but also a powerful symbol of independence for people who are blind.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, in signing the first presidential proclamation for White Cane Safety Day, commended the blind for the growing spirit of independence and the increased determination to be self-reliant that was demonstrated by the National Federation of the Blind in its push for the recognition.
“The white cane in our society has become one of the symbols of a blind person’s ability to come and go on his own,” Johnson said in the proclamation. “Its use has promoted courtesy and special consideration to the blind on our streets and highways, and as a way to make our people more aware of the meaning of the white cane, Congress, by a joint resolution, approved Oct. 6, 1964 authorizes the President to proclaim Oct. 15 of each year as White Cane Safety Day.”
If you share the historical nature of White Cane Safety Day to you local mayor, I assure you they will join in supporting this great cause.
Imagine in October if every club in District 31-F seeks a proclamation from their local mayor how our Roar will be heard. Make sure also to take a picture of your club with the mayor and issue it to your local newspaper and to our district newsletter.