Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct a typo in the headline.
The Sherman City Council took time out of its recent meeting to make a pair of proclamations to draw attention to local organizations.
The council proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and named Oct. 14 Lions White Cane Day.
Council member Terrence Steele read the domestic violence awareness proclamation before presenting it to representatives from the Grayson Crisis Center.
“Domestic violence crosses all ethnic, racial, sexual preference, economic, age, educational and religious lines and it is incumbent on every citizen to aid and assist those suffering from domestic abuse and let victims know that support is available,” Steele said. “Community partners include the city of Sherman, local law enforcement and area hospitals and organizations, who are dedicated to ending domestic violence in Sherman.”
Grayson Crisis Center Volunteer Coordinator Jordan Stewart accepted the proclamation and told the council that the local organization offers shelter to roughly 150-200 victims per year.
“The Crisis Center serves between 500-600 victims with residential and nonresidential services,” Stewart said. “We are committed to ending domestic violence in the city of Sherman and the county of Grayson. One in four women and one in seven men will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetimes.”
After Stewart spoke, Sherman Mayor David Plyler read the proclamation for Lions White Cane Day.
“The Sherman Noon Lions Club has been outstanding in its community in helping the needy with sight problems through the use of its White Cane donations,” Plyler said. “The Sherman Noon Lions Club provides eye exams and eyeglasses to the needy school children of Grayson County, leader dogs for the blind, cornea transplants courtesy of the Lions Organ and Eye Bank and eyeglass collections for needy people around the world.”
Sherman Noon Lions Club's Jerry Gundersheimer accepted the proclamation on behalf of the club. White Cane Day gives Lions clubs the chance to increase awareness of the white cane traffic safety laws.
“The main thrusts of our philanthropic endeavors have been in the field of site conservation,” Gundersheimer said. “Lions Club International is the world's largest service organization. Every penny that we raise every year in our White Cane Day efforts, the vast majority of that stays here in the county to provide needy children with eyeglasses and eye exams. A portion of that does go to Lions Club International.”