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The Lawrence Lions club is one of over 36,000 Lions Clubs throughout 157 countries and geographical locations
in the world. Lions International has one common goal that binds every member to
the motto, "We Serve."
Early on in the history of Lions Clubs, Lions were challenged by Helen Keller to
become "Knights of the Blind." Although local Lions clubs all over the world try
to find the best ways to serve their local communities, the elimination of preventable
blindness, and services to enhance the lives of people with vision problems remain
a major focus of Lions International.
Lions Clubs in Lawrence
The Lawrence Lions Club was
chartered in 1946. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month
at 12 noon in the meeting room in the back at Conroy's restaurant on west 6th Street.
In 1993 the Lawrence
Lions sponsored the creation of a new Lions Club. The River City Lions Club was chartered in 1994. The River City Lions Club was very
active in Lawrence for fourteen years, but has been folded back into the host club, leaving the Lawrence Lions Club and the KU Campus Lions Club as the two remaining Lions organizations.
The Lions Clubs income comes from various fund-raising events, which have included
sales at food items at Lawrence outdoor events, 5k and 10k runs on Lawrence streets
and trails, Christmas season gift wrapping at Border's, pancake breakfasts, Lions Candy Day, a family concert and golf tournaments.
Some projects are one-time only, and some are long-time annual events.
raised by Lions clubs is used for projects in our community and for state, national and worldwide projects through Lions Clubs International.
Funds are distributed via the Lions Clubs of Lawrence Foundation.
Some of the things Lawrence Lions have done
to serve our community:
Lions give away 50 bicycles a year to needy kids, at the Douglas County Helmet Safety Fair and Bike Rodeo. Kids are then fitted for a free helmet, and go through the Safety Training Course. Bicycles are provided by the Lansing Correctional Facility bike shop, where inmates volunteer their time to rehabilitate donated bikes.
Raised enough money to obtain matching funding and build a Habitat house for
a local blind woman and her family
Purchase glasses for children referred by the school system, and for needy local
adults referred by local social organizations
Support the Kansas Lions Band Foundation; high-achieving high school
students travel the world representing Kansas at Lions events
Support "the bus," the Kansas Lions Mobile Screening Unit; this mobile lab travels around Kansas, offering
free screenings for diabetes, vision-related problems,
hearing and blood pressure
Provide and serve lunch (for up to 100) at Link Kitchen and dinner at the Drop-In Center
Provide St. Paddy's day lunch for Habitat for Humanity volunteer crew
Assist the school district in buying glasses for needy children when
no social program can help.
Helped establish and support a glasses clinic at Babcock Place.
Collect and sort used eyeglasses; usable glasses are distributed to the poor in various countries around the world.