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Burbank High School's Class of 1972 gathered at Pickwick Gardens for its 40th reunion on Aug. 18. Some of those on the reunion committee are, from left, Carol Bliss Sheetz, Cindy Barcus Aylward, Roberta Grande Reynolds, Kyle McCroskey Brownfield, Debbie Pack Lark, Craig Lark and Susie Giesler Sheffield Evans. (Photo by Joyce Rudolph / August 28, 2012)

The Burbank Noon Lions Club continues to assist those less fortunate in the community with a central focus on preventing vision loss, says its publicity chairwoman Marva Murphy.

Bud Alleman completed his term as president in July, and Louie Cardona, has taken on the responsibility. Under Alleman’s watch, more than 25 income-qualifying individuals have been provided with free eye exams and prescription glasses.

Without the aid of glasses, many experience painful eyestrain or chronic headaches. Glasses not only alleviate these problems but also enable the wearer to read, complete forms, watch TV, handle detailed work and see clearly across the street.

Clear vision is not just for adults, but also imperative for children. From birth to age 12, our eyes are responsible for enabling us to acquire 80% of all learning as we develop, according to club statistics. KidSight Burbank, the newest club project, seeks to identify vision problems in children as young as six months. The free screenings, offered by members at public events and childcare facilities, has expanded to Lions clubs in nearby areas.

Statistically, the screening results have come back with a higher than 10 percent rate of children needing monitoring or full follow-up exams by pediatric eye doctors. A guideline chart for normal visual development of babies from birth to 12 months is on the club's website at www.burbanknoonlionsclub.org

In addition to vision, the Burbank Noon Lions club has also enabled three, income-qualifying individuals to rejoin society by providing free hearing aids in the past few months. Loss of hearing most frequently results in isolation and depression as the inability to participate in discussions, socialize with friends and attend public events increases. Hearing information is also available via the website.

Potential members are welcome to attend meetings at noon on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angeleno Ave. The public can recycle eyeglasses at all three libraries, Joslyn Adult Center and the Burbank Recycle Center.

Burbank High Class of 1972 reunites

Burbank High School Class of 1972 reunion committee members were bursting with pride as they welcomed classmates to the 40th reunion on Aug. 18 at the Pickwick Gardens.

Those planning the gala were Randy Arrington, Cindy Barcus Aylward, Carol Bliss Sheetz, Valerie Cook Cascadden, Patricia Dalton Turner, Lorraine Devenport Peterson, Dave Drucker, Susie Giesler Sheffield Evans, Roberta Grande Reynolds, Gail Hahn, Bunny Hamilton Nisbet, Doug Harris, Shane Kelly, Craig Lark, Jean Marca Greenstadt, Kyle McCroskey Brownfield, Debbie Pack Lark, Jan Personett Schermerhorn, Mike Ruiz, Valerie Smith Tippy, Mary Kay Stenger, Michele Varon and Judy Watson Rose.

Special guest attending was new schools Superintendent Jan Britz. Also reminiscing with their former students were former BHS coaches Frank Kallem and Dave Kemp. Kemp serves on the school board with reunion committee member Roberta Reynolds.

Although I am from the BHS Class of 1973, I grew up with many of those attending. Judy Watson Rose I met at Blue Bird Camp. Carol Bliss Sheetz and I attended Horace Mann Elementary School. The ultimate highlight for me was seeing fellow drill team members Roberta Reynolds, Lorraine Devenport Peterson, Laurie McLeod, Janet Miller and Debbie Brown.

Woman of Year is Shanna Warren

Zonta Club of the Burbank Area has announced the Woman of the Year is Shanna Warren, chief executive officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Burbank and the East Valley.

Warren will be recognized during a luncheon fundraiser beginning at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Castaway. Tickets are $50. For reservations, e-mail WOY@zontaburbank.org.

Zonta Club of Burbank Area has been improving the lives of women and families since 1936, says President Grace Farenbaugh.

Graduating from Sheriff's Academy

Jame Hoban is graduating on Aug. 31 in class 389 from the L.A. County Sheriff's Academy. He is a graduate of Burbank High School.

His mother, Carolyn Hoban, sister Shannon, and uncle and aunt Gerry and Aniline Stilgenbauer, all live in Burbank.

JOYCE RUDOLPH can be reached at rudolphjoyce10@gmail.com.