History of Lions and Leader Dogs

It all began in 1938, when Charles A. Nutting, Donald P. Schurr and S.A. Dodge led the Uptown Lions Club of Detroit in establishing a school to train guide dogs for people who are blind. Their motivation was Dr. Glenn Wheeler, a fellow Uptown Lion whose attempts to be accepted by another guide dog organization proved unsuccessful. The first clients were housed at the Park Avenue Hotel in Detroit and graduated in the fall of 1938.

On April 4, 1939, Lions Leader Dog Foundation was incorporated as a Michigan nonprofit. In May 1939, the Foundation leased a small farm in Rochester Hills, Michigan to house their new venture. Fifty dollars per month rented a farmhouse for the clients and staff, a barn for the dogs and a garage.

Tennessee School for the Blind

Tennessee School for the Blind is a Tennessee Department of Education state school located in Middle Tennessee.

The school for the Blind serves K-12 students and the blind and visually impaired community all across the state.

Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children


Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children (TCDC) is a summer camp for children 8 to 15 years old with Type 1 diabetes. Every summer, TCDC hosts up to 90 campers -45 girls and 45 boys – with Type 1 diabetes.

Using hands-on assistance, games, and videos, campers learn procedures and techniques for achieving daily glucose control – all while making friends and having fun participating in summer camp activities.

The camp is staffed by carefully selected, qualified, and responsible counselors, most of whom have Type 1 diabetes themselves. Certified lifeguards oversee all water sports and provide campers Beginner through Advanced swimming instruction.

For more information, you can call (423) 843-5006 or email one of the options below:

General Inquires

Medical Director

Camp Director

Camp Secretary