Dedicated to serving our community and meeting the needs of the visually and hearing impaired on a local, state and national level.
The Lexington Downtown Lions Club was chartered April 6, 1972 and is known for its per-member White Cane contributions, sizable golf tournament profits and the influx of female members at the start of the 21st Century.
Lions International President Ralph A. Lynam visited Lexington in 1978 to charter two Lions clubs and three international directors have spoken to the membership at charter anniversaries.
One club member was elected president of the N.C. Society for the Prevention of Blindness and three past district governors have held statewide chairmanships in our Lions organization.
For many years the club has averaged over $100 per member in contributions to the N.C White Cane Drive.
In 1990 a donation of $5,000 was given to the Eye and Research Center at Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
In 2002, the club donated funds to build the Sensory Garden Fountain at Camp Dogwood. The fountain was completed in 2005 in honor of member PDG Jerry S. Bates.
By 2005, club expenditures exceeded $50,000 for community projects and VIP assistance. During the past 37 years the club has purchased over 400 life memberships in the N.C. Lions Foundation, presenting the framed memberships to distinguished Lions and community leaders.
In 2008, the club donated $3500 to the Wake Forest University Eye Center for Research on Retenetis Pigmintosa.
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.