The first Lions Club was founded in 1917 in Chicago. The Madrid Iowa Lions Club was founded in 1929, since it's beginnings the Madrid Lions have supported and sponsored groups and organizations like the Madrid Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts troops, Tiger Tots Preschool, Madrid Performing Arts Council, College Scholarships for Madrid high school seniors, Boone County 4-H Clubs and Boone County Prevention & Services. Other groups and organizations like Pony Express, Lions Summer Camp, Camp Hertko Hollow, Iowa Lions Foundation, Iowa Lions "Coming to Your Senses", Lions Club International & Leader Dogs for the Blind.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against Darkness". From that time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.
This year the Madrid Lions collected almost 300 pairs of used eyeglasses for the "Recycle for Sight" project.
We have raised in the past, over $8000.00 for Tiger Tots Preschool, Boone County Extension 4-H Clubs, Boone County Prevention & Services, Camp Hertko Hollow Scholarship, Pony Express – Camp Sunnyside, Madrid High School (Library Books), Boy Scout Troop 150, Cub Scout Pack 150, Madrid Historical Museum, 4 College Scholarships, Madrid High School,($500 each), Iowa Lions Foundation, Iowa Lions “Coming to Your Senses), Leader Dogs for the Blind, Lions Club International Foundation, Lions Summer Camp, ASSIST After Prom party, Eagle Scout Project, Glasses for student & exam and glasses for another student.
"Lions Recycle for Sight" drop boxes can be found at the Madrid Public Library, Madrid City Hall , City State Bank , Madrid Historical Building and the Madrid Home. You can also give your used eye glasses to any Lions member.
if you're interested in joining the Madrid Lions contact a Lion Member (see the Members webpage)
Also checkout our Brochure
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.