The Maine Lions Personal Energy Transportation (P.E.T.) Workshop in Waterboro celebrated the completion of P.E.T. number 90 during the month of July, 2013. The P.E.T. program was started in 2007 when the idea was launched into a full-ﬂedged manufacturing facility. A small group of dedicated individuals who were part of the Maine Lions Clubs saw the need for this type of personal transportation for individuals who do not have the use of their legs.
The P.E.T. Program was approved at the 1st Cabinet meeting in 2008 as a District program. The small group meets weekly to fabricate, paint, assemble and pack these vehicles in cartons which are then shipped to developing countries for local distribution. Each P.E.T. is labeled as to its origin and includes a colorful design on the rear of the vehicle that illustrates silhouettes of traditional Maine pine trees and the name “P.E.T. Maine Lions”. The cost to produce these vehicles is approximately $250 each, which is ﬁnancially supported by local clubs, churches and individual contributions. The P.E.T. Project ﬁts perfectly into the humanitarian support goals of Lions Clubs, Churches and Civic organizations.
The Waterboro facility is one of 23 aﬃliates across the country and overseas who manufacture these vehicles. Shipping to the 100 countries is coordinated with P.E.T. International and our distribution partners around the world.
Eyeglass recycling is one of the Lions' most popular activities. Although the program was officially adopted by the association in 1994, Lions have been collecting glasses for more than 80 years. Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions in developing nations lack access to basic eye care services. Lions have recognized the urgent need for corrective lenses and continue to lend their support to the Lions Recycle for Sight Program.