Lions Club
Why I Love Lions Clubs International

It seems that I was always aware of Lions Clubs, and becoming involved in one felt like a natural thing to do. In many cities, and in many ways, the Lions have been effectively reaching people's attention through their service projects and highly-visible placement of Lions Clubs logos. This has helped them to stand out as one of the world's largest service organizations, with growth to over 1.4 million members in 200 countries and geographic areas. With Lions' sponsorships of parks, town celebrations, eyeglass collection receptacles, and mint sales in a variety of locations, I was able to see many reminders that Lions were around. What I unaware of was that LIONS is an acronym for the "true meaning of citizenship": Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety. With the motto of "we serve", Lions Clubs' programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, correcting environmental issues, and many others.

In my youth, an aged gentleman told me that he found valuable associations in his years as a Lion and recommended that I find a club to join when I was a bit older. His word stuck with me, even as decades passed. My interest in the Stillwater Lions Club piqued in the fall of 2015 as the result of finding that a certain respected local businessman was a Lion. Upon his recommendation, and seeing the FUN that Lions had when meeting and serving together, I was compelled to join by early 2016. Since then, I have come to know many great Lions that are making substantial differences in this community. 

The Stillwater, MN, Lions Club was founded in 1928, just eleven years after Lions Clubs International (LCI) was founded in 1917. As the Stillwater club approaches the centennial celebration of LCI, it has renewed passion to invest its time and energy into fulfilling its guiding vision statement: "To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service."

At the present time, the Stillwater Lions Club is involved in a wide variety of community programs including:
  • Vision in the Valley - A program funded by Stillwater Lions Club, VisionWorks and Saint Paul Eye Clinics to ensure that those who cannot afford glasses get them
  • Father Tom Phillips' Memorial Scholarship - An annual scholarship awarded to a Stillwater-Area High School student that reflects the club's vision and values
  • Used Eyeglasses Recycling - We collect over 3,000 used glasses per year and recycle them through the Lions Clubs International program, supporting vision health in developing countries.
  • Can Do Canines - We sponsor and train a puppy to be a future "Can Do Canine" assist dog.
  • Fall Colors Cruise - An annual fundraiser on the St. Croix River that allows Valley residents to enjoy the fall river panorama and eat hearty, healthy food
  • Dinner Theater - Our annual evening-out fundraiser; a professionally-produced seasonal play enjoyed with a gourmet dinner at the Water Street Inn

To find out more about the Stillwater club's events, visit StillwaterLionsEvents.org .
To learn more about Lions Clubs International, visit LionsClubs.org .

For more information on Lions Clubs International, and to find locations of club meetings, visit their website at www.lionsclubs.org .