Blauvelt Lions Club


About Lions Clubs:

Beginning 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? 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.


1925: Eradicating Blindness

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA, and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

1945: Uniting Nations

The ideal of an international organization is exemplified by our enduring relationship with the United Nations. We were one of the first non-governmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter, and have supported the work of the UN ever since.

1957: Organizing Youth Programs

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.

1968: Establishing Our Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects. Through our foundation, Lions meet the needs of their local and global communities.

1990: Launching SightFirst

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.



Today: Extending Our Reach

Lions Clubs International extends our mission of service every day – in local communities, in all corners of the globe. The needs are great and our services broad, including sight, health, youth, elderly, the environment and disaster relief. Our international network has grown to include more than 207 countries and geographic area.


Who we are:

The Blauvelt Lions Club started in 1953 with 27 charter members and we have close to 100 members today. Over the years our members have involved themselves in various community service activities and fundraising to help support our projects. These efforts by Lions and their spouses, children, and friends have made it possible for us to increase both the number of people and charities we support and also the size of the donations.

We are your neighbors. We live and work in your community. We serve our communities and others around the world.


Our Projects:

Our goal is to decrease childhood blindness through early detection of eye diseases. Using a state of the art camera and with our L.I.F.E. Program (Lions for  Eyesight) we are able to test pre-school children for Strabismus, Hyperopia, Astigmatism, Myopia, and more.

We worked with Lions Club International to get a $75,000 grant for Dominican College to provide equipment for people with low vision.

We built the Lions Town Memorial Park in Blauvelt, NY in 2000 with the help of the town, the Highway Department, and local business people to show respect and honor our heroes. The park includes a memorial to the Town of Orangetown residents who died on 9/11 and has a memory wall for placards in memory of our military servicemen and women who have given their lives for our country. Every year on Memorial Day, services are held at the park to remember our Fallen Warriors along with a free community BBQ.

We provided a motorized scooter for one of our elementary school residents who is wheelchair bound. The scooter allows him to get around outside and play with his friends, where he could not before.

Our annual Applefest in Piermont in September is always fun for the entire family.

We supply People-to-People on a weekly basis. We have a monthly bingo with the girls at Rockland Psychiatric Center and a December Holiday Party with the girls and the adults at the Nathan Kline Institute.

For several years, we participated in Adopt-A-Platoon, which we hope will end this year when all our troops come home.


Our Youth:

The Tappan Zee High School Leos Club is the largest Leo club in our district. We now have over 250 Leos from TZHS participate in various activities, like helping out at our Applefest. The Leos also participate in several midnight and breakfast runs into New York City to feed the homeless. Our members are the drivers and it’s a joint effort for the Blauvelt Lions Club and the TZHS Leo Club. The Leos also feed the needy and homeless in our own communities, like the Soup Angels in Nyack and Helping Hands in Piermont.


Lions Club Objectives:

To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.

To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.

To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community.

To provide a forum for open discussion of all matters of public interest, provided however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.

To encourage service minded men and women to serve their community without a personal financial reward.



Blauvelt Lions Club

P.O. Box 55

Blauvelt, NY 10913


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