Who are the Blackhawk Pioneers?
Blackhawk Pioneers are visually handicapped people living in the Beloit, South Beloit, Clinton and Janesville areas. This activity is sponsored by the Beloit Noon Lions assisted by Beloit Lioness and Beloit Evening, South Beloit and Janesville Lions Clubs.
Regular monthly social meetings are held from September through June for visually-impaired persons living in the Rock County area. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at various locations in Janesville and Beloit (alternating months).
Members of the Janesville Lions Club help transport the Blackhawk Pioneers members to and from their activities.
2021-22 Meeting Schedule
All meetings begin at 6:30PM, unless otherwise noted.
- Monday, Sept. 20: Pizza Night at Preservation Park, Beloit.
- Monday, Oct. 18: BINGO Night at Peoples Church Beloit
- Monday, Nov. 15: Game Night or Fitness Night at Peoples Church, Beloit
- Monday, Dec. 20: Christmas Caroling at location TBD.
- Monday, Jan. 17: BINGO or Game Night at Peoples Church, Beloit
- Monday, Feb. 21: School tour and games with students at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Janesville (depends on COVID restrictions)
- Monday, March 21: Dinner at Boundaries Bar & Grill, Beloit
- Monday, April 18: Guest speaker Tim Fahlberg at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Janesville
- Monday, May 16: Bowling Night at Rivers Edge, Janesville
- Monday, June 20: End-of-year picnic at McKern Park, Beloit
Responsibilities of the Lions drivers
- To drive on the assigned night, or locate a replacement.
- Call passengers at least one day prior to the event to introduce yourself and inform them when they can expect you to pick them up.
- Assist passengers from their home to your automobile, and from your automobile to the meeting place. Introduce your passengers to each other. At the end of the evening, ensure your passengers get into their house.
- Assist passengers with removal and putting on of outer clothing. Be observant of what they are wearing and where it was hung to avoid mistakes.
A few tips
- A blind person prefers to hold your arm, and has better control of themselves when they do.
- Let them set the pace.
- Be alert to changes in the walking surface, and keep them informed of what is ahead.