St. Pete Lions Club

Activities and Events

During the year the St. Petersburg Lions Club collects glasses at fifteen key locations throughout St. Petersburg. Prescription glasses are recycled by LensCrafters while reading glasses and sunglasses are donated to the Salvation Army and Solid Rock Ministries. We collect and donate nearly 9000 pair every year? The recycle collection boxes are listed online at . For more information, contact Lion Carl Schrader at  
Every month, the Sight Committee meets to collect, review and approve applications for financial assistance for eye exams, glasses and optical surgeries. Approximately 30 applications are approved each month. The St. Petersburg Lions proudly maintain a 100% approval rate for all applications for assistance for eye care needs for children. For more information, contact Sight Chairman, Lion Louis Cantrell at .
The St. Petersburg Lions Club sponsors four LEO Clubs at Admiral Farragut, Boca Ciega, Shorecrest, and St. Petersburg High Schools. The LEOs are active in the community throughout the year and are extremely generous with their time, helping us at nearly every event we create. We hope they all become Lions.
The Lions Beach House is a special place not only for Lions but for the Southeastern Guide Dogs that use the beach to train the dogs in a unique environment. About every month, a class of guide dogs is brought to the Beach House by the puppy raisers and/or owners for training sessions.   For more information on the guide dogs, contact Lion Chuck Hietala at
St. Petersburg Lions partners with the St. Petersburg High School Leo Club to provide eye screening and prescription eyewear as needed to the students of St. Petersburg High School. The screening will involve about 200 students in grades 9 to 12.
Valentine Dance - annual fund raising event.
SPLC Charter Night.
Annual Charter Night Celebration – February 19 Saturday 86th Lions Beach House 6:00 pm
To compliment our Charter Night country/western theme Blind Buddy Moody will provide country/western music for the entertainment. Buddy will also share with the group his personal experience as a blind musician.
Special event to be annouced.
Sight/Diabetes Screening.
In May, the Lions will once again host the Challenger League Annual Picnic at Azalea Little League Field. Every member of the Challenger League is presented a trophy for their performance and sportsmanship.   In addition to our annual sponsorship of the Challenger League, the Lions will raffle that Elf- made quilt that was made from the ballplayer’s favorite t-shirts. For more information, contact Youth Chairman, Lion Danny Beauchesne at Pictures of the quilt being displayed at the recent night game (held to accommodate a special needs player) are labeled G1 and G2.
SPLC Inauguration of New Board. Annual dinner event at SPLC Beach House.
Back to School Care Fair. Annual event at Johnnie B. Ruth Community Center, 1344 22nd Street South, St. Pete In August, Lions partner with the Junior League of St. Petersburg for the Annual Back to School Care Fair. Lions provide sight screenings for nearly 280 students using new SureSight machines. The Lions pay for follow-up visits to partner eye doctors and for all children’s glasses if prescribed. For more information, contact Sight Chairman, Lion Louis Cantrell at .
Spontaneous event at SPLC Beach House
World Sight Day
October is the nationwide Meet the Blind campaign to increase awareness of and support for the National Federation of the Blind

October 21 - Peace Poster Judging – Lions Beach House

Each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest.  This art contest for has been encouraging kids worldwide for 25 years to express their visions of peace.  More than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.  The theme of the 2012-2013 Peace Poster Contest is "Imagine Peace." Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 on November 15, are eligible to participate.

Lion Ann Woodworth, Peace Poster Chair, has provided materials to several middle schools who will be entering posters to be judged by our club.  The Peace Poster Judging will be at the Lions Beach House on Saturday, October 21, 2012.  The judging will take place after the luncheon to raise funds to award the winners.   Stay tuned for more information.

October 27    Circus McGurkus – Membership Drive

Snowfest in Straub Park. Annual event at Straub Park, City of St. Petersburg
Breakfast with Santa. 2nd Saturday - Annual event at SPLC Beach House In
Also in December is Breakfast with Santa, an opportunity for the kids from the Challenger and Miracle Leagues to visit the Beach House with their families. Pancakes and eggs and karaoke Christmas carols keep the kids busy until Santa arrives. Here the kids and parents can enjoy some holiday games in a safe environment. In 2009, the kids donated their favorite gently used t-shirts for Santa to take back to the Elves at the North Pole. When the weather warmed up and the Elves no longer needed the extra layer of clothes, they made the shirts into a quilt to be returned to the Challenger League at their annual picnic (see May events). For more information, contact Lion Sally at


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