Hudson, New York Lions Club, District 20-O

 Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. Today weare the largest service organization in the world.

Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired? This service began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the association's 1925 international convention. "From that date to now, the primary mission of the Lions of the world has been to prevent blindness."

Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities.

Here is an example of what the Hudson Lions (chartered in 1941) do for our community:

  • Help financially challenged community members obtain eyeglasses and hearing aids
    • Hudson Little League sponsor
    • Hudson Lions Day which has morphed into co-hosting Ladies Day Out
    • Junior Olympics host (since 1991)
    • Hudson Department of Youth Fishing Derby donation
    • Easter Bunny sales, major fundraiser
    • Ring Salvation Army bell
    • Hudson Fire Department donations
    • Greenport Rescue Squad donations
    • Local Food Bank donations (2010)
    • Coats for Kids (& Adults) (2010)
    • Community Calendar, major fundraiser (since 2010)
    • Canine Companions donation
    •  Empire State Speech & Hearing donation

    • Blood Drives (host since 2001)

    • Collect used eyeglasses that are shipped to third world countries

      • Why should You become a Lion?

        We invite you to consider membership in this important service organization.

          • Make a difference everyday in your community. Whether it is providing support locally or reaching out internationally, you will have an opportunity to serve.

        • As a Lions club member, you can:
          • Be a part of a worldwide organization carrying out community and humanitarian projects.
          • Grow personally and professionally by participating in our programs, community service projects and events.
          • Gain an understanding and have an impact on local and international humanitarian issues.
          • Develop relationships with both local and international community and business leaders.



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