For more than 85 years, Lions have been recognized throughout the world for their services to the blind and visually impaired. Back in 1925, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind," she could not have possibly imagined the impact of Lions commitment to blindness prevention. Bringing rays of light to the darkness of countless people around the world, Lions have established the majority of eye banks worldwide, funded ground-breaking research on leading causes of blindness, organized eyeglass recycling efforts and helped hundreds of thousands of visually impaired people develop the skills to live productive lives.


Lions are more than 1.4 million and women... young and old. You will find us in more than 210 countries and geographical areas from the hinterlands of Australia and Brazil to thriving urban centers like New York City and Milan. We speak dozens of languages and vary in nature and customs. We share a common spirit. Since our beginning in 1917, we have been united in a single cause: helping those less fortunate. We are tackling the tough problems like blindness and drug abuse as well as diabetes awareness--and finding help and training for the deaf, disabled, underprivileged and the elderly. In fact, whatever the community needs to make life better, we're there to help. We are the youngest service club community based organization, yet we have grown to be the world's largest. We are succeeding because we have embraced all those committed to building a brighter future for the world and for themselves. And, with a new generation of enlightened members, Lions Clubs are working smarter and faster with greater commitment than ever before.

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The area was within the realm of the Iroquois, who were visited by Jesuit missionaries in the 17th Century. After the Sullivan Expedition of 1779 passed through the region, many natives left the area. The land then became part of the Central New York Military Tract, reserved for veterans. The current site of the village was the location of the former Cayuga village "Skoiyase" ("flowing water"). The first new settler, Jabez Gorham, arrived on the site of the village around 1795.
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