Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

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.

Our Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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.

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About our Club

The Sandwich Lions Club was chartered in May of 1971 by 20 local businessmen. The Bourne Lions Club was sponsored by the Sandwich club and was charted in March of 1974. Both clubs functioned successfully using a variety of activities and events to fund local, state and international charitable organizations. During the summer of 2008, the Sandwich and Bourne Lions Clubs merged.

The Clubs’ primary fund raiser is a food trailer that is often seen at a number of town activities and events. Some of the Club’s regular activities include participation in the Sandwich July 4th parade, participation in the Town Fair, Spring Rabies Clinics, Providing food at several craft fairs at the Wing School, New Year's Day pancake breakfast to support the Sandwich Council on Aging, February 17 Pancake Breakfast to support the Bourne Council on Aging and distributing pop corn at the Sandwich High School After Prom Party.

This year's Coats for Kids (and adults) ran from November 3 through January 6, 2019 This was our 7th year of partnering with Antons Cleaners and our most successful colledting over 500 coats. Antons distribute the coats, scarves, gloves, hats, etc free of charege to service organizations who have registered with them, and made a request. Check Anton's web site for more information.

On February 17 the Club had a Pancake Breakfast to support the Friends of the Bourne Council on Aging. It was held at  Weary Travelers Lodge in Monument Beach.from 9 to 11:30. We had excellent community support and will be able to provide the Friends with a very nice donation

On September 14, 2019 the Club will sponsor our bi-annual Canal Cruise. Tickets will go on sale after the first of the year. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and will be limited to 100 participants. 

​One of our ongoing activities is the collection and re-distribution of used eyeglasses and hearing aids. The latter are refurbished at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and distributed to individuals who meet the Lion's District eligibility requirements. Glasses are cleaned, organized, sorted and re-distributed through a number of Lions International over-seas programs. The Club does provide eye evaluations and glasses for indivuduals who meet our financial requriements. For additional information about either of these programs, please contact us by email, or phone (see our contact page)

This year the Club participated in, and provided SPOT Camera eye evaluations at Peebles, Bournedale, and Forestdale elementary schools. This evaluation identifies a number of eye abnormalities that require follow up by an eye professional. The evaluations normally take less than 15 seconds and are just like taking a picture.

​Below Lion Ted Dowling installs a newly completed collection box at the Bourne Town Hall. Other collection sites include the Bourne Community Center, Eastern and Rockland Banks in Sandwich, and the Sandwich Council on Aging.  









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.

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