Zephyrhills Lions Club

Our motto is "We Serve"

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities?  And what began as the good intentions of a small group of civic minded men and women more than 90 years ago has evolved into a global force for good - a world class organization of men and women who recognize needs that go beyond their own, who work on behalf of others whom they may never see, speak with, or meet.  Just three years after our founding, Lions became international when we established the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927.

In 1925, Helen Keller stood before a room full of men at the Lions Club International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, asking them to imagine what it's like to stumble around in the dark.  In a plea to raise money for the newly formed American Foundation of the Blind, she recounted her own experience with blindness and pleaded with them to join the cause to help more people see the light.  "I appeal to you, Lions -- you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind -- will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in my crusade against darkness?"  Since that day, fighting blindness has been the primary focus of Lions Clubs International, which at this time still sponsors free eye screening programs through mobile clinics, pays for cataract surgeries for the poor and collects eye glasses for those in need.

In the 1950s and 1960s international growth accelerated, with new clubs in Europe, Asia and Africa.  And now, almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let's improve our communities.

In the late 1950s, we created the Leo Program to provide 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.

The Lions Clubs International Foundation was established in 1968 for the purpose of assisting Lions with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects. Through our Foundation, Lions meet the needs of their local and global communities.

In 1990, Lions Clubs International debuted a program called FirstSight.  Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $346 million for this initiative. SightFirst targets the major causes of blindness: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.


     Lions Club Sight Program     

Held monthly on the 1st Thursday of every month, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM, the Zephyrhills Lions Club Sight Program is an eye care assistance program for any resident residing in Pasco County.  We provide eye care assistance for any residents of Pasco County that have a limited source of income, are unemployed, disabled or have limited or no insurance.  Working closely with two clinics here in Zephyrhills, both The Florida Medical Clinic and The Eye Clinic of Florida, we provide assistance in scheduling eye exams and then follow through with financial assistance for the cost of those exams as well as assist with the purchase of frames and lenses.  We also assist with further eye exam office visits, visual field and refraction issues.  In addition, we partner with one of our Multiple District 35 entities, The Florida Foundation for the Blind, and offer assistance toward the high costs of cataract and glaucoma.


If you are experiencing sight deficit problems, and possibly may qualify for assistance, please stop in at the Lions Club Facility on Dean Dairy Road anytime during the days and hours listed above for a consultation with one of our expert and experienced eye care personnel.  Take note below to find out what documentation you’ll have to bring with you.

Our Sight Program is funded by our BINGO earnings, coupled together with the generous donations provided by our players in the purple and gold donation boxes located on the tables during our twice-a-week BINGO programs.  And for any of our BINGO players reading this particular missive…… THANK YOU so much for both your continuous loyalty to our BINGO program and for your generous donations contributed from your winnings.


Documentation you will need with you when checking in to the Sight Program

A valid Florida driver's license or a Florida picture ID  - - -  your social security card  - - -  proof of income (if no income, provide a copy of income with whom you are residing)  - - -  proof of rent or mortgage (if renting or paying someone else for rent, provide a letter from that individual indicating what the rent is)  - - -  proof of any expenses (outstanding bills)


Eyeglasses Recycling Program

The Zephyrhills Lions Club has volunteers that go out and collect eye glasses from collection boxes located at various local optical stores and eye clinics.  We also have many local residents that stop in at our Dean Dairy Road facility and turn in unused glasses to us directly, plus many of our faithful BINGO players donate their no-longer-used eye glasses.  The used eye glasses collected by our club are turned in to a central glass sorting facility where they undergo a series of processing procedures which includes:

  • Sorting and cleaning
  • Neutralizing or Grading, using a lensometer to determine the prescription
  • Categorizing by prescription
  • Packaging for preparation for distribution