Davidson-Huntersville Lions 78 Years Strong 

The Davidson Lions Club was Charted on June 29, 1945, celebrating its Diamond Anniversary in 2020, The Huntersville Lions Club was formed on February 5, 1951, with a charter membership consisting of fifty-nine Huntersville citizens, government, and business leaders.  Both Clubs, with long and distinguished histories, have had major impacts on the North Mecklenburg Community for many reasons.

Both Clubs were strongly supported by community and business leaders.  Several long-time Davidson Mayors were members or worked closely with the Davidson Lions.

The Davidson Lions have always maintained close ties with Davidson College, where it held its Meetings and used its Cafeteria for years. It also had several Professors from the college as members.  The Club continues its close ties by operating the Sports Concession Stands for Football, Soccer, Basketball.

In February 2020, the Huntersville Lions Club, responding to declining club membership, decided to merge their members with the Davidson Lions Club, forming the Davidson-Huntersville Lions Club.

The  Davidson and Huntersville Lions have long supported Lions Services in Charlotte, which provides employment for 150 -200 blind individuals.   Lions Services manufacturing operations generated $22M in Sales in 2018-99,  Up until early 2023 it also operated one of the largest eye clinics of its kind in the country, handling as many as 6,000 people/year with eye exams and glasses (as needed). The cost of operating the Eye Clinic ($ 300--350,000 yearly was supported  by Lions Services profits and financial support from the Davidson Lions and other area Lions Clubs,

Lions Services is operated by a Board of Directors, more than half of which are members of Mecklenburg Lions Clubs.  Multiple members of the Lions Services Board of Directors have always been members of the Davidson and Huntersville Lions.  The Clubs continue to maintain a strong relationship with Lions Services.  The Davidson Lions have long been one of the strongest clubs in its Lions District, with as many as 57 members.  The increased membership and strength of the combined Davidson-Huntersville Lions have participated in many community activities and services, including:

  • Contributing to the North Carolina Eye and Human Tissue Bank, retrieving 1152 Corneas In 1990
  • Creating and selling Local Calendars
  • Participating in Davidson’s Annual Christmas Parade
  • Selling Brooms and Light Bulbs
  • Holding Vision Screenings with the NC State Mobil Screening Unit
  • Selling Christmas Trees, raising funds for community projects
  • Conducting Golf Tournaments, as fund raisers, sometimes honoring past club members or civic leaders
  • Conducting Attic and White Elephant Sale fund raisers
  • Participating in Davidson Town Day
  • Volunteering at Camp Dogwood

Internal Club social activities included steak cookouts, family picnics, Christmas parties, and annual Club meetings at Camp Dogwood

Members of the Davidson-Huntersville Lions Club have a long history of outstanding service as Lions and continue serving their communities and the Blind.

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