Early on in the history of Lions Clubs, Lions were challenged by Helen Keller to become "Knights of the Blind." Although local Lions clubs all over the world try to find the best ways to serve their local communities, the elimination of preventable blindness, and services to enhance the lives of people with vision problems remain a major focus of Lions International.
The Lawrence Lions Club was chartered in 1946. Meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 12 noon in the meeting room in the back at Conroy's restaurant on west 6th Street.
The Lions Clubs income comes from various fund-raising events, which have included sales at food items at Lawrence outdoor events, 5k and 10k runs on Lawrence streets and trails, Christmas season gift wrapping at Border's, pancake breakfasts, Lions Candy Day, a family concert and golf tournaments. Some projects are one-time only, and some are long-time annual events.
All money raised by Lions clubs is used for projects in our community and for state, national and worldwide projects through Lions Clubs International. Funds are distributed via the Lions Clubs of Lawrence Foundation.
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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.