Lions Present SC Governor with Special Chicago Lighthouse Clock
To celebrate the wide-ranging accomplishments of people who are blind and to thank him for his support, the Greater Irmo Lions Club (GILC) presented South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster with a special clock made by employees who are blind at The Chicago Lighthouse Industries program.
The event, which took place at the Governor’s office in the State Capitol on February 5, was attended by nearly 20 guests including many Lions from across the state as well as leaders in the blind community. Among them were Ed Bible, president of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind.
USC Adjunct Professor Dominic Calabrese, a GILC member who recently retired from The Lighthouse as senior vice president of public relations, noted that the organization operates one of the few remaining clock factories in the U.S. and has the exclusive contract to make clocks for the federal government, including military bases like nearby Fort Jackson.
“We also wanted to recognize the 30th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act,” Calabrese said. “While much has improved for the disabled community since the Act was enacted in 1990, we realize that more needs to be done before we have a truly inclusive society.”