White House to honor Jonesboro Lions Club member


WASHINGTON – An Arkansas man will be honored Tuesday at the White House for his service providing sight and hearing care to needy individuals in Arkansas and three surrounding states.

Brad Baker of Jonesboro is one of 11 Lions Club members from around the nation to be honored as “Champions of Change,” a weekly White House program that recognizes ordinary Americans who are doing great work in their communities.

“Volunteerism and community service make this country stronger. Lions club members across the country are leading this charge at home and around the world,” said Jon Carson, deputy assistant to President Obama.

Baker is a member of the Jonesboro Heights Lions Club, which provides more than $10,000 in eyeglasses each year for the needy. He is also chief executive officer of Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service Inc., which provides sight and hearing care to the needy in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

The White House is welcoming more than 170 Lions Club International members for a daylong program that will include a round table discussion.