Camp Abilities Saratoga Inc.


John McDonald is a resident of Galway, New York. He is employed with the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation as the Finance Coordination Manager. Prior to his employment at NYSEFC, he was in the banking industry with a number of Capital District New York area banks, working in the areas of branch management, commercial lending, and branch administration. Mr. McDonald holds a B.S in Finance from Siena College in Albany New York.

Mr. McDonald is a member of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, with his original club being the Waterford NY Lions. John has over 20 years of service with the Lions, and is a Past President of the Saratoga Springs club, where he currently serves as a Board Member. He has received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship and Robert J. Uplinger award. Additionally, he has been recognized as Lion of the Year of the Saratoga Club and is both a Knight of the Blind and Bronze Lion of the Lions Eye Institute at Albany.

John recently completed a term as the District Governor for the 35 Lions Clubs of District 20Y2.

Mr. McDonald has been involved with the Lions Eye Institute at Albany, NY since 1999. He has served as President and Board Chairman of both the Lions Eye Institute and the Lions Foundation at Albany. John was instrumental in developing the World Sight Day program at the LEI. He arranged for Keller Johnson, the great-grandniece of Helen Keller, to travel from Tuscumbia Alabama to the Capital District. The WSD program sponsors visits to regional grade schools to educate 4th, 5th and 6th graders about the role the Lions play in the community and also educates the students about the life and legacy of Helen Keller. Visits have encompassed a large geographic area since beginning in 1999, covering many schools from Kingston NY to Plattsburg, and from Watertown NY to the Vermont border.

Currently, Mr. McDonald holds the position of Immediate Past President of Camp Abilities Saratoga, Inc.

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