The conference was held in the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. 


On July 27, 2023, Vision2023Denver, an international conference on low-vision and blindness, concluded in downtown Denver. Over the course of four days, 25 Lion volunteers, working with the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute Foundation (RMLEIF), helped 550 conference participants register, check into conference rooms, and find their way around the large event, including a number of individuals who use canes to navigate. 

The conference brought together professionals and researchers from around the world who shared ideas and presented ways to improve the lives of people with low-vision and blindness. 

In addition to assisting, many Lion volunteers were able to listen to some of the presentations and learn more about vision impairment. At the end of the conference, numerous attendees personally thanked the Lions for their help.

The Lions of Colorado and Wyoming, RMLEIF, and the Lions Clubs International Foundation provided $4,000 to help support the conference. The above thank-you slide was projected on a large screen during the opening session. CUSOM is the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

To help support the conference, Lions sponsored a free coffee and snack service that was very popular with participants. Left to right: Lions PID John Harper, Michael Wright, Carol Young, Denise Orenic, Steve Krebsbach, Sally Hooks, and PCC Ted Peterson.

Lion Michael Wright of the Gill Club scans IDs on the lanyards of two conference participants as they enter a presentation. 

Lions Henrietta Jones of the Cyber Club and PID John Harper of the Cheyenne Sunrise Club talk to a conference attendee at the Lions booth during the convention.

Lions PCC Holly Rutherford-Allen of the Chatfield Club, Sally Hooks of the Denver Club, PID John Harper of the Cheyenne Sunrise Club, and Dr. Faye Rison of the Cyber Club relax at the volunteer table.

Soon after volunteer Carol Young of the Arvada Lions arrived at Vision2023Denver it became apparent that she was skilled at sizing up the Lions staffing schedule, and at figuring out where Lion volunteers needed to be and when they needed to be there. Even the conference organizer, who does this work professionally, recognized Carol’s skill and quickly relied on it. 

After the conference ended, the RMLEIF Trustees decided to thank Carol for helping Vision2023Denver run so smoothly.

RMLEIF Trustees Steve Allen and PCC Ted Peterson present Lion Carol Young with flowers in thanks for her outstanding assistance during the Vision2023Denver conference.