The Cochise Stronghold Lions Club, serving the Sulphur Springs Valley area since 1965, is part of Lions Clubs International, the largest volunteer service organization in the world.

In Sunsites and the surrounding areas, the club provides hearing aids, glasses, and eye exams for those who do not qualify for insurance or government programs and cannot afford necessary medical care.  The club also assists in other cases of need, cooperates with other service organizations, and donates to community projects.  A focus for the Cochise Stronghold Lions Club is the promotion of citizenship through school programs and the Flags Over Sunsites.


Motto:  We Serve    

Cochise Stronghold Lions Club sponsors:

  • Arizona Vision Center eye mobile visits
  • Vision screening for local elementary students
  • Collection of eye glasses, hearing aids and cell phones for recycling
  • Flags for First Graders at local elementary schools
  • Dictionaries for Third Graders
  • Annual college scholarships
  • Pearce Elementary Book Fairs
  • Students to the annual Hugh O’Brian Leadership Conference
  • Donations for local charitable projects
  • Flags Over Sunsites project
  • Christmas & Easter baskets and gifts for needy families
  • Leader Dogs for the Blind

Cochise Stronghold Lions Club Major Accomplishments:

  • Organized and managed the community wide project to raise money to purchase the playground equipment in the Sunsites Community Park.
  • Organized another community project to build a medical evacuation heliport.  The Charlie Appel Memorial Heliport was dedicated on February 24, 2012.
  • Lions Little Free Library and benches at the Stronghold Area Recreational Park. 
  • Sponsored one Leader Dogs for the Blind kennel and two puppies in training.

You may also donwload and view our 2022-2023 club accmplishments.


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