The largest and one of the oldest clubs in Kentucky, the Lexington Lions Club provides a wide range of direct services to the community through vision and hearing screenings, the purchase of hundreds of pairs of eyeglasses each year, purchase of hearing aids for eligible individuals, the retreat for the deaf/blind, a camp for diabetic children, and the funding of eye surgeries. It also supports many community organizations through annual contributions.
The Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair provides a special entertainment venue for thousands of Central Kentuckians and the funds for the club’s charitable endeavors.
The club’s members are leaders in many business, educational, civic and government entities in Lexington. Its members also have consistently provided leadership at all levels of Lionism in Kentucky, including many zone and region chairs, 15 District Governors, a state secretary, five council chairmen and two International directors. Six are Kentucky Hall of Fame Members, three are Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation past presidents, and one has been honored as a Past District Governor of the Year. One hundred members of the Lexington Lions Club are Lions Clubs International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellows.
Over the last decade the Lexington Lions Club has contributed more than $1.25 million to programs assisting the blind and visually impaired, the deaf and hearing impaired and diabetics -- particularly children -- in a variety of ways, including:
• Purchasing nearly 1,000 pairs of eyeglasses each year.
• Providing for between 6 and 10 eye surgeries each year.
• Funding a special retreat for persons who are both deaf and blind.
• Collecting more than 6,000 pairs of used eyeglasses annually.
• Purchasing 50-60 hearing aids for income eligible individuals.
• Supporting camps for blind, deaf and diabetic children; summer programs for deaf children, and year-round programs for blind pre-schoolers.
• Providing 100 percent participation in the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation Life Patrons Program.
The Club’s Fund for Sight/Endowment Fund has surpassed the $1 million mark in assets.
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.