The Cochise Stronghold Lions Club, serving the Sulphur Springs Valley area since 1965, is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest service organization in the world.
In Sunsites and the surrounding areas, the club provides hearing aids, glasses, and eye exams for those who do not qualify for insurance or government programs and cannot afford necessary medical care. The club also assists in other cases of need, cooperates with other service organizations, and donates to community projects. A focus for the Cochise Stronghold Lions Club is the promotion of citizenship through school programs and the Flags Over Sunsites.
Motto: We Serve
Cochise Stronghold Lions Club sponsors:
- Arizona Vision Center eye mobile visits
- Vision screening for local elementary students
- Collection of eye glasses, hearing aids and cell phones for recycling
- Liberty Day at Valley Union High School
- Flags for First Graders at local elementary schools
- White Cane Day drive for sight funds
- Annual scholarship for a Valley Union High School Senior
- Student to the annual Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference
- Donations for local charitable projects
- Flags Over Sunsites project
- Weekly bingo for local entertainment and as fund raiser
- Community clean-up projects
- Christmas baskets and gifts for needy families
- Annual luncheon for seniors at Sunsites Community Center
- Leader Dogs for the Blind
Cochise Stronghold Lions Club Major Accomplishments:
- Organized and managed the community wide project to raise money to purchase the playground equipment in the Sunsites Community Park.
- Organized another community project to build a medical evacuation heliport. The Charlie Appel Memorial Heliport was dedicated on February 24, 2012.
- Literacy program and mentoring at Pearce Elementary School.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.