Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

(aka Almost Everything You Wanted to Know About The Aberdeen Lions Club)


Who are the Aberdeen Lions?

     The Aberdeen Lions club is a group of men and women volunteers who seek to serve the community of Aberdeen and the bigger world community through activities and projects that help meet the needs of the community.  The motto of all Lions Clubs is “We Serve.”


When did the Aberdeen Lions Club form as a group?

     The Aberdeen Lions club was chartered in 1932 and is the oldest club in Harford County and the second oldest Lions club in central Maryland.  For a complete history of the club, click here.


What kind of activities and projects do the Aberdeen Lions participate in?

     To see a list of our past year’s activities, click here which will take you to the Club Projects section of our web site.  You can also click here to get our Club newsletters to see the latest activities of the club.
      A key focus for the Aberdeen Lions and all of the Lions Clubs of the world is the eradication of preventable blindness.  Ever since Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind,” Lions Clubs have been assisting needy individuals with eye exams and glasses.  Recently, we have expanded that assistance to those with hearing problems.


What are the Lions eyeglass collection boxes that are located throughout Aberdeen and what do Lions do with these used eyeglasses?

     Lions collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids for cleaning, sorting, and recycling to third world countries.  For location of collection boxes in Aberdeen, click here.


The Aberdeen Lions Club conducts fundraisers.  What are the monies used for?

     Proceeds from the Lions fundraisers are used to support our many community activities, such as eye exams and glasses, scholarships to local students, community projects, etc.  Note that all net profits from fundraisers go back to the community.  Lions Clubs maintain separate accounts for community projects and for administrative operations of the club.


Do the Aberdeen Lions welcome new members?

     Yes! Membership is by invitation as perspective members must be individuals who are willing to provide their time (and even some money) for service to the community.  Click here to view the typical membership costs for an Aberdeen Lion member.


How often do the Aberdeen Lions meet and where?

     The Aberdeen Lions hold a dinner membership meeting at 6:30pm every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, except for the months of July and August.  Meetings usually include a guest speaker from the community.  The club also hold a Board meeting at 7:00pm every first Tuesday of the month when specific business of the club is discussed.  Location of these meetings and other Lions activities are posted on the Calendar on this web site.


As a member, do I have to attend every dinner and Board meeting, as well as all fundraisers and activities?

     People who join Lions are expected to provide their time and effort to support the activities of the Lions Club.  However, the club recognizes that there are other priorities in members’ lives and these priorities sometimes conflict with Lions activities.  If members cannot attend dinner meetings, then they are expected to inform the club’s Financial Secretary by the Sunday before the dinner meeting.  Board meetings are optional, though non-officer members are encouraged to attend.  Members who are away from the area for several months are often placed temporarily on Member-at-Large status.


Who are some of the men and women who have been leaders and members of the Aberdeen Lions Club?

     For the 1932 Charter members, click here.

     For past Presidents and Secretaries of the Aberdeen Lions Club, click here.


Where can I find additional info on the web about Lions Clubs?

     Lions Clubs International      Official web site of Lions Clubs

     LionNet       Listing of Lions Clubs web sites throughout the world

     District 22-A Lions        Official web site of Lions Clubs in Central Maryland


Members of the Aberdeen Lions Club have been recognized for many types of awards. Below is a list of those awards and recipients.  Click on the award to view the Aberdeen Lions who have been selected for the award.

     Melvin Jones Fellows

     Arnall Patz Fellows

     Lion of the Year

     Life Membership


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