Lions International:

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. Later that year an organizational meeting was held joining similar groups around the United States and what was to become Lions International was formed.  In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club:

Born in 2009 we are a group of men and women, young and old working together to live up to the Lions Motto:  "We Serve". Our primary focus is sight and giving back to the Minneapolis community while having fun.

Eye Glass Collection

Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club wants your old pairs of glasses.  We are collecting glasses.  Please drop off at one of the following locations:

Eye Care Associates Medical Arts Building, 825 Nicollet Mall, 20th Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: 612-338-4861

Mount Olivet Home, Mount Olivet, Careview Home, 5517 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419-1719 Phone: 612.827.5677

Moss Optical LaSalle Plaza, 800 Lasalle Ave Suite 204, Minneapolis, MN 55402 Phone: (601) 332-7907

Visionworks in Downtown Minneapolis.  Investors Building, 733 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402.  Phone: (612) 332-6656

Hearing Aid Collection

Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club wants your old/unused hearing aids.  We are collecting hearing aids  at Minnesota Hearing Aid Professionals, Inc., 2211 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Phone: (612) 871-2445

Salvation Army Donations

We are unable to ring bells for Salvation Army this winter due to the pandemic - please consider donating to the link below.

Red Cross Blood Services

If you're able to, please consider donating blood to help our community. Find a location to donate at the link below.

Monthly Membership Meetings

Our club meets every 3rd Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. both virtually on Zoom and in person at the Normandy Kitchen downtown Minneapolis. Reach out if you're interested in joining us - we're an active and growing club!


Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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