Washington Lions Club

Washington, Kentucky

Alex Hyrcza, chief of the Buffalo Trace Search and Rescue Team spoke to the club at our recent meeting. 

 The Buffalo Trace and Rescue members train and prepare to cope with situations that range from ground search and rescue, water rescue and recovery, air search and rescue to natural disasters.   They serve Mason, Bracken, Fleming and Robertson Counties in Kentucky.

 The Hug-A-Tree program is presented to elementary students to teach them what to do if they would find themselves lost in a wilderness setting. 

If looking to become a member of a team contact:

Alex Hyrcza, Chief


(606) 782-0499

Greg Taylor (606)548-0014

There could be more than 6,000 children between the ages of 1-5 in Kentucky with Amblyopia.  Approximately 2 or 3 out of every hundred exhibit this disease, commonly called "lazy eye."

Amblyopia is poor vision in an eye that did not develop normal sight during early childhood. The best time to correct it is during infancy or early childhood. The earlier the problem is detected, the more likely treatment is successful.

The Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation has developed a simple and non-invasive screening process to detect the problem and locally, Washington Lions Club volunteers brought it to local schools.  The screening is free.  The only requirement is a signed parent's consent form.

The local team uses a specialized camera to photograph the child's eyes. These photos are then sent to the Kentucky Eyes Foundation where they are analyzed by professionals at the screening lab. The results are sent to the parents.  If a situation is detected that needs a closer look, it is suggested to take their child to an  Ophthalmologists or  Optometrists where the parent can get their child tested.  Parents then work with the provider to determine the treatment (if any) best for the child.