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The Barboursville Lions Club, one of 45,000 clubs in 200 countries, is affiliated with Lions Clubs International, founded in 1917 in Chicago by businessman Melvin Jones.  The purpose of the Lions is to help improve the quality of life in local communities, with its primary focus on helping to improve sight for those in need by providing eye exams and glasses.  

The Barboursville Lions Club was chartered January 30, 1943, with 32 charter members.  The club is part of Lion District 29-0 in West Virginia, a district of approximately 40 clubs in the Southwest part of the state.  It works closely with four other clubs in its zone, the Milton Lions Club, Lesage Lions Club, Hamlin Lions Club,and West Hamlin Lions Club.  The club has state affiliation with three other Districts, which meet once a year at a state convention.  

All clubs in West Virginia support The West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, an organization that provides a mobile sight van in the state to conduct free eye screenings.Each district in the state has a mobile vision acuity machine and a machine to check for glaucoma.  It also provides free eye surgeries for those in need.  The club also supports the Leader Dog Program, which provides seeing-eye dogs.  We also have campaigns to collect used eyeglasses.

The Barboursville Lions Club is very active, taking on a number of projects during the year.  It has three pancake breakfasts each year.  The club has sold fruitcakes and continues to make apple butter.  Each year the club sponsors a golf scramble, which has been one of its best fund-raisers.  Furthermore, the club supports the Little League Challenger Team by providing Lions Club Field for their use. The club has also supported two local Leo clubs, youth clubs affiliated with the Lions at Barboursville Middle School and Cabell Midland High School. Over the years these clubs helped collect non-perishable food items for food baskets that are distributed either during theThanksgiving or Christmas seasons. Due to some challenges in having school Leo clubs, our club is in a transition from supporting a school-based club to supporting a community-based club. This new club, whcih as yet has not been chartered, is doing tremendous things for the community, including collecting money for a Strides Walk to help send a type I diabetic child to Camp Kno-Koma, a diabetic camp in West Virginia solely for diabetic kids.

Each year the funds raised by the club go to a number of causes.  On the international level, they support Lions Clubs International Foundation, which provides grants to meet humanitarian needs following natural disasters.  The club also provides funds for the Sight First Program to alleviate blindness worldwide.  On the state level the club raises money to support the West Virginia Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, which provides funding for eye screenings, eye exams, and eye operations .  On the local level the club has financially supported the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and many local organizations.  Each year the club has awarded two scholarships to high school seniors at Cabell Midland High School. This year the club has added a third scholarship. Even though we work hard to raise funds, we still struggle to meet all the needs of our community, state, nation, and world.

To learn more about Lions check out the following web sites:

Lions Clubs International Foundation
WV Lions Multiple District 29
Lions District 29-O
Barboursville Lions Club
Cabell Midland Leo Club
Please note that the Barboursville Leo Club will hopefully soon have its own website.

Our club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Barboursville Community Center, 721 Central Avenue in Barboursville.  We welcome guests to attend our meetings.  Please call Lion Charlie Buzzard at (304) 736-0310 to make a reservation.



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