Our club is a unique mix of individuals who embrace our motto, "We
Serve". The club is always up to something. Candy Days, Fall Raffle,
Winter Steak Fry, Shop with a Cop, Annual Golf Outing, Memorial
Day and 4th of July Parade, Vision and Hearing screenings, Used
Eyeglass Collection, Used Hearing Aids Collection, Sight and Sound
Sweepstakes, Community Events Sign, Marching our 20 x 30' United
States Flag in local Parades.
Proceeds from our fundraisers benefit many local and national
individuals and charities. These include vision exams, eyeglasses
and hearing aids for local needy, Crystal Lake Food Pantry,
McHenry County Police Charities (Shop with a Cop Program),
Horizons for the Blind, Salvation Army, Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, Lions of Illinois Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
and many more.
"I appeal to you Lions, who have your sight, your hearing,
you who are strong and brave and kind, will you not
constitute yourselves as Knights of the Blind in the
crusade against blindness?"
- Helen Keller. 1925
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest community service organization with clubs
around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have offered people the opportunity to give
something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as
cleaning an area park or as far reaching as bringing sight to the world's blind, Lions clubs
have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community.
The Lion Clubs began in 1917 as a dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He believed
that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to
the betterment of their communities and the world at large. In 1925 , Helen Keller addressed
the Lions International Convention in Ohio. She challenged the Lions to become, "knights of
the blind in the crusade against darkness." From this time, Lions have been actively involved
in service to the blind and visually impaired.
In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for
the youth. Lions also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled,support
diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide
disaster relief around the world.
Lions Clubs International headquarters are located in Oak Brook, Illinois.
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