About the Ottawa Lions Club

We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(4)1 volunteer community organization providing programs and services for not only the sight and hearing impaired (supporting doctor exams and purchasing glasses and hearing aids), but for many other health-related issues and civic projects; e.g., supporting the local food pantry by sponsoring a food collection; providing donations to libraries for large print materials; purchasing supplies and equipment for schools with classrooms and students with special needs; and funding park improvements.   Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller, and communities get better.  That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. Since September 25, 1936, Ottawa Lions have strengthened our communities through humanitarian projects, hands-on service, and direct aid.

Spirit of Volunteerism Moving Forward

Meeting on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, Ottawa Lions enjoy the friendship shared during a meal, explore and plan ways we can be of assistance to individuals and the community, and schedule fundraising activities to support those efforts.  For more information on our club projects and humanitarian services, please click on links or the appropriate menu tab on the left hand side of your screen.

History of the Ottawa Lions Club

Lions meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with local youth to medical missions and disaster relief.  Ottawa Lions are proud to be part of an international community.  Lions may be found in many different geographic locations and may differ in many ways but we share a common core belief – Community is what we make it. Since 1917, Lion clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.  

Proudly Strengthening Community Pride

Chartered in 1936, the Ottawa Lions Club continues to find new ways to model the Lions’ motto, “We Serve.”  At the 1925 Lions International Convention, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become Knights of the Blind, which continues to be the call of Lions today; to assist those with sight impairment and to work toward preventing, and ultimately eliminating the causes of blindness. Over the years the scope of Lions activities has expanded to include hearing impairment, many other health related issues, civic projects, youth engagement, emergency assistance, and environmental preservation.

Join Our Volunteer Members

You are invited to join us – come see what we’re about. You’ll find a place where you can make a difference locally and around the world.

[1] Lions Club International (LCI) and its member clubs have received a group federal tax exemption 0239, under IRS Code Section 501(c)(4).  Each club is reported under this exemption by the club’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) and is currently listed in the IRS records with the name of the club secretary as designated to receive information from the IRS.  The LIONS ANNUAL REPORTING FORM (A-1) must be submitted yearly to LCI


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