Since our club's inception in 1976, we have established programs to serve our community. The national motto for the Lions is "WE SERVE". We believe we have carried out this motto in Cumberland County for all our residents. Here are descriptions of our current programs.


Sight and Hearing Assistance

Approximately ten adults a month ask us for help in obtaining eyeglasses and 92% are approved. Many of those who are not approved are not eligible because they do not live in Cumberland County. We have made arrangements with Eye Centers of Tennessee to perform eye exams and provide glasses to qualified applicants. In the year ending June 2020, this program paid over $6,000 to provide this service to about 70 adults locally. If you are interested in this service, contact Pat or Skip at 931-210-9938.

Our club can help adults with hearing needs. In the year ending June 30, 2020 we paid $1,200 in such assistance. We can pay up to a maximum of $250 per ear for the cost of hearing aids. The first step is to contact , Clark Zedric our Hearing Chairperson, at 217-520-9889. An overview of the program will be provided. If you are still interested, an interview time will be set up that will also include a hearing evaluation. If you have already been evaluated, bring a copy of the report to the interview. You will be asked about your income and expenses will be discussed. An application, either from the Mid-State Lions Club or the Fairfield Glade Lions Club, must be completed. Based on the application, interview and income you will be informed whether or not you qualify for assistance.

In the past year we arranged the eye exams and glasses care needed for 6 children at the Eye Centers of Tennessee. Most low income children are eligible under TennCare for one pair of glasses each year.


Used Eye Glasses & Hearing Aids

We collect unneeded glasses that can be recycled for use. Unfortunately by Federal Law these may not be used in the US, so the glasses we collect are used by needy individuals in other countries. We typically collect over 3000 pairs each year. Wal-Mart delivers them free of charge to the Lions Recycle Center in Indiana. Collection boxes are found inside the Way to Go Packing and Shipping store in the mall off Stonehenge Drive in Fairfield Glade and in 15 other locations in the area. Click here for a list of other locations: Listing

Mats for the Homeless

Mats for the Homeless began in Cumberland County in 2016 and since then has provided 85 sleeping mats that are distributed to the homeless. Our club started supporting this group in 2017. Our members are encouraged to save their plastic grocery bags and bring them to meetings. These are given to a group of volunteers that use them to crochet the mats. Eight of our members actively participate in the construction work.

Student of the Month

Our Club worked closely with the high school guidance counselors to set criteria for selection of students of the month. Each month during the school year at least one student is selected by the counselors. We recognize 12 students each year (4 in CCHS, 4 in SMHS and 4 in Phoenix School). Each student is given a scholarship for a college, university or trade school of their choice. One student is given a four year scholarship. A committee of Lions decides how much to each student will receive based on need; not all receive the same amount. Our club sets aside up to $8,000 each year for this project. In addition, several businesses have sponsored this program by donating $500 or $1000. Last year we awarded $14,000. The money is paid to the school after the student enrolls.


Vision and Hearing Testing

Tennessee state law requires that elementary school children be tested for vision and hearing at every two years. Our club has been providing these services for over 30 years.

Each year our club uses three committees to perform sight and hearing testing on children at the elementary schools, Christian schools, preschools, the county health department and and at meetings of home schoolers in Cumberland County. Some of the equipment we use, particularly for younger children, is quite sophisticated and expensive. VEC, Middle Tennessee Gas and Wal-Mart have given us donations helping us to buy it. Children who do not pass the screening are given a letter referring them to professionals for further tests. In 2019 we did vision screening on 2,652 school children with 288 referrals for professional testing and 12 more for vision development evaluation. Of the referrals, 46 were referred because the student did not have her or his glasses available at school.

KidSight Vision Testing

The Fairfield Glade Lions Club also supplies vision testing for children twelve months through kindergarten through the KidSight Vision Testing program.  Since the children are too young to properly reply to questions, an instrument, usually called a camera to the children, is used to capture data about the child’s visual status.  The information is transmitted to Tennessee Lions Charities, Inc. at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville for analysis.  Visual deficiencies identified are forwarded to the child’s school nurse so that the child’s parents can be notified regarding additional workup by an eye care professional.

The KidSight program is provided by Lions on an as-requested basis – primarily in September and October of each year.  In addition to public elementary schools throughout the Cumberland County School system, local Head Start schools and local Christian schools may also request screening services.

Two Lions are required to work at each screening.  The KidSight team screened 752 children during September and October of 2019; 35 students were referred for additional testing.

Kid Safety Days

This program involves the photographing and fingerprinting of kindergarten children. Parents are provided the cards. The photos can be aged so they can be used to help in case if something should happen to the child later. A local organization, House of Hope, takes the lead on this service project. In September and October of 2018, we helped produce 512 of these safety cards.


Lions Donor Acknowledgement Booklet

After the club decided to discontinue our long-running fund raiser, the Travelogue program, we decided to publish a booklet that describes our club and the services we provide to the community. We asked the local businesses who formerly supported the Travelogue with ads in our programs to include ads in this new booklet. The booklet receives wider distribution around the community than the more limited audience of the travelogues. All the net funds are used solely for charitable purposes. We appreciate the support of all our donors, but acknowledge those who  included full page ads in 2019:

The Eye Centers of Tennessee

First National Bank

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

Members of the Fairfield Glade Community Church

Rogers Group

Tennessee Plateau Oncology, PLLC


​Reverse Raffle

Each year we ​hold a reverse raffle which requires prior approval by the state legislature. We typically sell 500 tickets, each costing $50, and have three major cash prizes, awarded to the last three tickets drawn. Smaller prizes are also awarded to individuals through-out the drawing. In 2020, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we conducted the raffle virtually and had receipts of over $16,000 net of expenses and prizes. We are required to report expenses and donations to the state. It is our largest fund-raising project. Donations are given to scholarships and charities such as the ones supported by White Cane, a local Lions Club organization that provides financial support to groups serving the vision and hearing impaired, our local Lions District organization that arranges for free cataract surgery, scholarships, Kids on the Rise, the United Fund, Fairfield Glade Resident Services, the House of Hope and the Fairfield Glade Volunteer Fire Department.

​Lions Golf Tournament

​Each year, usually in September, we hold a golf tournament open on one of the Fairfield Glade golf courses. It is usually the largest charity tournaments held in the Glade each year. In 2020 the tournament raised over $8,000 net of expenses and prizes. Unlike the Reverse Raffle, we do not specify specific recipients for this money, but none of the money is used for club expenses. It is all used for charitable purposes, including our scholarship program, for our adult sight and hearing services, our sight services for children, and donations to other local charities.

Cheese Sale

​Each year our club purchases several hundred pounds of Wisconsin cheese in different varieties and sells it locally. The sale period is September, October, and November, or until we run out of inventory. You can buy the cheese from any Lions Club member, but we sell it Monday through Saturday from approximately 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Village Mall in Fairfield Glade. This year we raised almost $5,000 net of expenses. These funds were all used for charitable purposes similar to those of the Golf Tournament.

Lions Stride Walk for Diabetes

Our fifth annual walk was held on June 12, 2021 in Centennial Park. Its objectives were:

1) To raise awareness of diabetes as one of the main causes of blindness and other vision problems,

2)To provide scholarships for six students to attend the two-week Tennessee Camp for Diabetic Children; three had local ties.

3) To provide funds for diabetes research into treatments and cures for diabetes and donations to other charitable organizations.

Our walk raised approximately $8,000 in net proceeds, all of which will be spent to achieve our objectives. This was our best result to date.

We could not have accomplished this without the help of the Crossville Lions Club, The CHS Leos Club, and the Cumberland Medical Center's Diabetes Services Group. Three local elementary schools (Martin, Crab Orchard, and Homestead) held walks to make students aware of diabetes. They raised over $800. 

Lions Club Food City Gift Cards​

Our club buys gift cards from Food City at a 5% discount (we pay $95 for a $100 card) and then sell the cards at face value. The purchaser gets the full value of the card when they buy groceries, gas or prescriptions from Food City. We earn the difference between the buying and selling prices. The club set a goal to earn at least $6000 over three years for the building renovation program of Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI. They breed and train leader dogs for blind individuals.

The club met its target and now the funds are used to support other service projects. Anyone can help us support the community buy buying the gift cards from the Peavine Road locations of Progressive Savings Bank and First National Bank - Tennessee.

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