WHO WE ARE~
We are men and women who live in your community and volunteer our time and efforts to humanitarian causes throughout our district , the State of Virginia and the world. By conducting service projects and raising funds , we strive to help indigent people locally and throughout the world community. The Lions' motto is "WE SERVE".
Our Association was founded in Chicago , Illinois in 1917 by MELVIN JONES and a group of like-minded business men who wanted to help their surrounding communities.
In 1925 HELEN KELLER addressed the LIONS at their annual convention and challenged them to become "Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness." Since that challenge, service to the blind and visually impaired is one of the Associations most significant activities.
LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL has grown to be the world's largest service organization with more than 1.3 million members belonging to approximately 46,795 local clubs in 205 countries and geographical areas.
The VIENNA HOST LIONS CLUB was chartered in May 1942 with 18 men as Charter Members. Membership flucuated over the years and stands now at 42 men and women . LIONS INTERNATIONAL opened membership to women on July 1, 1988. VIENNA HOST LIONS' CLUB over the years sponsored or co-sponsored the formation of 8 new Lions Clubs and thus was designated a "HOST" club.
The VIENNA HOST LIONS CLUB is the home Club of PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR JOSEPH R. VOLPE 2007-2008 and PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR DOUGLAS T. CROSS 2004-2005 as well as PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR JAMES SCHUMAKER 1964-1965.
WHAT WE DO ~
WE COLLECT EYEGLASSES AND HEARING AIDS AT THESE LOCATIONS :
The Vienna Community Center at 120 Cherry St. S.E. ~703-255-6360
Oakton Library at 10304 Lynnhaven Place
Patrick Henry Library at 101 Maple Ave. East ~703-938-0405
Dr. Richard Snively at 120 Beulah Road ~ 703-938-7633
Dr. Matthew Nutaitis at 114 Courthouse Rd.
My Eye Doctor at 401 Maple Ave. West
Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 2589 Chain Bridge Rd. ~703-938-2119
Saint Mark's Church at 9970 Vale Rd. ~703-938-1948
Eye Doctors of Washington 8230 Boone Blvd. Vienna , Va
Christ Presbyterian Church at Rte 50 & Fairfax County Pkwy
NISH at 8401 Old Courthouse Rd.
Fairfax Hospital Eye Clinic on Woodburn Rd.
Financial Crimes (Gov't Agency) at Chain Bridge Road and Old Courthouse Rd.
American Legion Post #180 330 North Center St. Vienna , Va
PLEASE CONTACT BOB BINGHAM AT 703-281-4465 FOR PICKUPS OR INQUIRIES.
WE VOLUNTEER TWICE A MONTH AT THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA LIONS RECYCLING CENTER now LOCATED IN ARLINGTON WHERE WE WASH GLASSES COLLECTED. WE DISCARD SCRATCHED GLASSES AND USE A MACHINE TO "READ" THE PRESCRIPTIONS OF GOOD GLASSES. THEY ARE THEN BAGGED ,LABELED AND SORTED ACCORDING TO PRESCRIPTION NUMBERS ie:SINGLE OR BI-FOCAL.
WE RAISE FUNDS BY ~
- Starting around 1952 , the CLUB began to sell CHRISTMAS TREES each year. We sell Christmas trees in Vienna . We usually have 2 or 3 deliveries of trees early in December.We have added ornaments and large coloring books to our sales. We also ask for donations to the local "Fisher House" at this time.
- We take part in the Vienna Woman's Club Holiday Bazaar in November at the Vienna Community Center and sell Virginia
- Peanuts as well as large children's coloring books.
In April we take part in WHITE CANE DAYS . On a Friday and Saturday we station pairs of CLUB MEMBERS at GIANT and the ABC store in Vienna and ask the public to "HELP THE LIONS HELP THE BLIND" .There are approximately (16) 2 hour shifts and this past April we collected $ 1,500.00
WHERE WE DONATE THOSE FUNDS ~
OLD DOMINION EYE BANK ~ SIGHT AND HEARING VAN ~ LAMP ( LIONS ASSISTED MEDICAL PROJECT ) ~ SIGHT FIRST (WORLDWIDE ) ~ RECYCLE USED EYEGLASSES ~ NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND ~ SPECIAL NEEDS EQUIPMENT FOR THE BLIND ~ RECORDING SERVICES FOR THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED ~ BURKEVILLE LODGE FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED ~ EYEGLASSES FOR VIENNA NEEDY ~ LEADER DOG ~ NORTHERN VIRGINIA LIONS EYE INSTITUTE ~ PREVENT BLINDNESS - VIRGINIA
LIONS HEARING FOUNDATION RESEARCH CENTER ~ SIGHT AND HEARING VAN ~ HEARING AID BANK
NORTHERN VIRGINIA YOUTH CAMP ~ CITIZENSHIP AWARDS ( VIENNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ) ~ BLAND YOUTH MUSICAL TALENT COMPETITION ~ BOYS STATE AND GIRLS STATE ~ MADISON BASEBALL TEAM ~ BABE RUTH BASEBALL (SPONSORSHIP) ~ ~ALTERNATIVE HOUSE ~ VIENNA AREA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION PARTIES
VIENNA COMMUNITY FOR HELPING OTHERS ~ FISHER HOUSE ~ NATIONAL CHARITIES
SAFETY AND CIVIC :
AMERICAN LEGION POST # 180 ~ VIENNA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT