WELCOME TO CLERMONT-MINNEOLA LIONS CLUB
We are a Club that knows how to have fun in helping our community, our state and the entire world. We cover all of South Lake County. The Club meets every Thursday at the Wesley Center, First United Methodist Church, downtown, corner of 8th St. and Hwy 50. Every 4th Thursday, we meet at IHOP, 25689 U.S. Hwy S. in Clermont. The Club makes a special effort to invite guests. Each first meeting of the month, we discuss the general business of the Club. The remaining meetings, we invite guest speakers from the community.
Clermont-Minneola Lions Club was founded April 12, 1949 with 31 members and has had a significant impact on the community ever since. The Club's major activities include a golf tournament held in the late Spring; spaghetti lunch and dinner at Jenkins Auditorium in December right after Light Up Clermont at the downtown Christmas parade; four or five shot gun shoots in the fall held off Hwy 50 west of Clermont; vision screening and support for corrective lens; diabetes blood screening at various public events and places in town; collection of used glasses that are sorted, classified and shipped all over the world. The Club has supported the South Lake Historical Society with funds and highly skilled craftsmen (special recognition for Larry Rescoe and the late Bill Jackson). The Club also provides funds for the scholarship fund in the Community Foundation of South Lake County; finacial support for Lake-Sumter Habitat for Humanity.
Longest local continuing serving members: Jay VanderMeer, Jerry Brown, Nick Jones. Lion, Robert E. Lee is a past District 35-0 Governer. This past year we have lost three great Lions, Ken Sanders, Dick Harris and John Minor. Over the years, the Club has contributed countless hours of work on such things as Braille Blocks, shipping medical equipment no longer being used in local hospitals to distressed communities in South America, raising funds for seeing eye dogs and the Conklin Center that specializes in caring for the most difficult vision impaired patients.
The needs in our community are growing very fast. Be a volunteer with a bunch of roaring Lions that know how to get things done and know how to have a great time doing it.
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.