East Liverpool Lions Club
EAST LIVERPOOL LIONS CLUB
The Lions CLub was formed by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917. The purpose of this new endeavor was sight-saving. The Lions became an international group in 1920. In 1924, with great interest in this relatively new organization, 21 East Liverpool doctors, lawyers and businessmen began meeting every Friday at noon for lunch. The idea caught fire and on September, 29 1924 the East Liverpool Lions Club was chartered.
Perhaps the single event having the greatest impact on the association’s service commitment occurred in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their international convention at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. She challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Lions Club International Foundation is the oldest service organization in the world. The Lions motto is “We Serve.”
The East Liverpool Lions Club has served the community in a variety of ways. Various fundraisers are held to provide the money necessary for eye exams, eyeglasses and eye surgeries. Annual eye screenings are conducted for early elementary school students by a local optometrist, assisted by club members. The Lions Club supports Ohio Lions in Columbus, Ohio; the Ohio Lions purchase pilot dogs for the blind. The ongoing collection of used eyeglasses aids needy people in other countries who do not have regular access to eye care. The Lions also promote and support diabetes research.
Current fundraisers include selling brooms and trash bags, with new ideas being introduced every year.
Household brooms are $12
Industrial brooms are $14
Push Brooms are $14
Garbage bag - a sleeve of 50 heavy duty bags is $14.00
The brooms can be purchased at Marty's Pharmacy in Lacroft or 1st National Community Bank on Bradshaw Ave.
Garbage Bags can be purchased from Marty's Pharmacy in Lacroft or by contacting Bob Allgood at 330-853-0992
An annual Children’s Christmas Party is held each year for needy first-graders.
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.