Serving Galesburg and Knox County Since 1920

Welcome to the Galesburg Noon Lions Club! Our club is the 12th-oldest in Illinois, has one of the largest rosters in the state and is the largest in District 1-H. We invite you to visit our webpages, attend one of our weekly meetings, join a group of individuals committed to helping others and experience the satisfaction and meaning behind the Lions motto -- "WE SERVE"

WHO WE ARE......The Galesburg Noon Lions Club is a service-based organization of men and women committed to philanthropy through a variety of activities and events. Currently in our 100th year, the Lions proudly promote themselves as the largest such civic club in Galesburg. Our club currently has over 80 members on its roster and is always accepting new members, regardless of gender, age, experience or profession. We meet every Wednesday through the year and enjoy a full schedule of program speakers, presentations and events designed to fulfill our mission and serve the city, county and surrounding communities. Click here for our club education pages.

WHAT WE DO......Our club, as well as all Lions clubs throughout the world, has sight conservation as its primary mission. We raise funds to assist those in need with programs of detection and treatment for vision-related disease and have expanded to include support for hearing-impaired individuals as well. This comes in the form of financial assistance for eyeglasses, eye examinations, vision/hearing screening and treatment of vision and hearing problems. The club also maintains several collection sites throughout the city for used eyeglasses and hearing aids, which are recycled and distributed through Lions International regional collection centers. Click here for a list of eyeglass collection sites

HOW WE SERVE......Our members coordinate, staff and participate in two major annual fundraisers, Pancake Festival in February and Candy Day in October. We also sponsor a pancake breakfast at the Stearman Fly-In in September, we hold a special Holiday Party at the Discovery Depot each December to serve children with special needs, pack backpacks  for Blessings in a Backpack,  collect food for local pantries and sponsor a mobile food panty through FISH each year, and ring Christmas bells for Salvation Army. We have supported several local organizations in recent years, including the Galesburg Public Library, Knox County Health Department, Tri-States Audio Service and FISH food pantry. Our club calendar has included one-time special events as well, enviromental park clean-ups (2019),  the Lakeside Recreation Center shelter construction (2016), tree planting at Wildwoods Farm (2012). Carson & Barnes traveling circus (2011) and Lake Storey shelter painting project (2011).  In 2020 we have adopted a City Park in downtown Galesburg as a regualr clean-up project.

READ ABOUT OUR CLUB......Learn more about our club and its activities through our Facebook page and contact a Lion and come to a weekly meeting and see what we are about.                   







  • We placed our first road signs at the Galesburg city limits in 1925.
  • We started ringing the Christmas bells for the Salvation Army in 1940.
  • We held our first pancake supper at the Old Fellows Hall in 1949.
  • We built our first picnic shelter at Lake Storey Park in 1956.
  • Sally Keener served as our first female president in 1998.
  • We created the SIMBA club for members' children in 2009.
  • Diane Kroll was elected and served as 1-H District Governor for 2011-2012.
  • We built our latest picnic shelter at Lakeside Recreation Center in 2016.
  • OUR Lions Club celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2020!



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