In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. Later that year an organizational meeting was held joining similar groups around the United States and what was to become Lions International was formed. In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."
Dansville Lions Club:
Born in 1941 we are fifty men and women working together to live up to the Lions Motto: "We Serve". Our primary focus is sight and giving back to the community while having fun.
SEE (Screening Eyes Early): A joint effort of the Dansville and Canaseraga Lions and Lionesses targeting under 6 year olds. Started in Canaseraga and Dansville schools in 2006, we now are screening in Arkport, Dalton, Wayland, Pavilion, Mt. Morris, and numerous Daycare and Headstart programs. Since 2006 we have screened over 1000 children and referred over 80 to specialists.
Help out with eye exams and glasses for those in need.
We recently completed our committment to the Noyes Hospital Surgal Center ($25K) and Diabetes Center. We followed that up with completing a $25K commitment for the Dansville Library. We are currently working on a $6K commitment for the new Noyes Cancer Center.
We also contribute to a wide variety of charitable and local community based operations: We are founding members of the Little League and Dogwood Festival, we support the Food Pantry, Music in the Park, Easter Egg Hunt in Stony Brook Park, Class Blast, the American Red Cross, and the Finger Lakes Hearing Foundation to name a few.
The proceeds from our Annual MInstreal Show, Monte Carlo Night, and various Chicken BBQs are a few of the ways we raise money to support our activities. All of the money we raise stays in our community. State and International dues are paid out of our pockets.
Judith MacKnight of the Gates Lions Club is our current (2016-2017) District Govenor.
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.