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Join the Club at 6:00 for our Monday Dinner Meeting on March 20th
Our next meeting is Monday, March 20th, and our guest speaker is Patrick Donohue, President and CEO of the James J. Hill Capital Corporation. Mr. Donohue will give us a history of the famous James J. Hill, his many accomplishments, and how he planted the seeds
for the formation of hundreds of new companies, both in his home state of Minnesota and across the nation.
Mr. Donohue might even inspire you to plant the seeds of growth (hint, hint) in your community!
See links to our Past Dinner Speaker topics on our Speakers Page
Check the "Calendar" page for meeting updates and events
The Lions Motto is “We Serve”
The Money we raise during the year with our fundraisers all goes back into the Community. In 2015/16 we gave back over $36,000 to support our community.
We support casuses that focus on: Eyesight, Diabetes, Hearing, Vocal and other disabilities. We are often the first on the scene with donations in times of disaster.
“Once individuals link together they become something different…. Relationships change us, reveal us, evoke more from us. Only when we join with others do our gifts become visible, even to ourselves.”
- Margaret Wheatley & Myron Kellner-Rogers
Eden Prairie Lions Club is located in the city of Eden Prairie, a prosperous Minnesota community of over 60,000 residents located just west of Minneapolis.
We are drawn together in a spirit of service and fellowship, who volunteer our time and talent to humanitarian causes in our local and world communities. By conducting service projects and raising funds, we strive to help those in need, wherever need exists. Our motto is “We Serve.” Today our Eden Prairie Club has just under 90 members, making us one of the largest clubs in the metro area.
Our Local History
In 1961, the Eden Prairie Lions Club was officially chartered with 41 members. At the time, Eden Prairie was still a rural village of only 2,000 people. The club was to meet on the first and third Mondays of each month to discuss community events and projects including: providing eye glasses to the community, holiday events for the school, a fund-raising project selling light bulbs, and organizing a summer recreation program.
Between continued fund raising for local music education, sports, and theater, the Lions held the first Schooner Days event in June of 1964. The event was held in a member’s pasture on Riverview Road and included a good-sized parade of four high school marching bands, procession of kids, floats, and more.
As Schooner Days became bigger and raised more funds, the Lions Club eagerly invested back into the community. This included purchasing Eden Prairie’s first fire truck and rescue vehicle, supporting both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Little League Baseball, student programs, and a pediatric eye clinic at the University of Minnesota.
The Lions Club of Eden Prairie continues to serve the community locally and internationally.
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.
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.
Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The 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 are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.
For more about Lions Clubs, go to www.lionsclubs.org
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world
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.