Chartered 27th September 1978 by
Coleraine Lions Club.


Cookstown & Magherafelt Lions welcomes 
John McCann as
Club President.

Cookstown & Magherafelt Lions celebrated the arrival of our new Club President for the forthcoming year, when Past President Kieran Fields welcomed Lion President John McCann to his second year of office at the helm of the Club's affairs in 2014/15.

John thanked Kieran for his remarks and said he was looking forward to a second term of office.

It is with great pleasure and much enthusiasm that I henceforth commence my term of office as President of Magherafelt and Cookstown Lion's Club for 2014. In doing so, I can only aspire to follow in the steadfast footsteps of those who have trodden this path before me, and hope that my contribution will be recognised as relevant within the exceptional traditions of Lionism set before me. Consolidation and strength will be my aims, with an emphasis on good attendance at meetings and a resolve to make what we do noteworthy and attractive to possible new members who present sturdy morals and a goodness of heart. It is within them that we find our future, and it is within us that we find our strength."

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects - including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Eye Spectacles collection in 2015.  110 pairs during October for Sight Month

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest. 

Miss Naomi Drennan receiving her prize for winning our annual Peace Poster competition. She won the Iain McKay memorial shield and scroll. Well done Naomi who is a student of Rainey Endowed school in Magherafelt

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than £450 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organisation in a 2007 study byThe Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions helping out after natural disaster stricks the province of Bulcan.

Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.


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.

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