In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. Later that year an organizational meeting was held joining similar groups around the United States and what was to become Lions International was formed. In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, and challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."
Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club:
Born in 2009 we are a group of men and women, young and old working together to live up to the Lions Motto: "We Serve". Our primary focus is sight and giving back to the Minneapolis community while having fun.
Eye Glass Collection!
Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club wants your old pairs of glasses. We are collecting glasses at Visionworks in Downtown Minneapolis. In the Investors Building, 733 Marquette Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55402. Phone: (612) 332-6656
Hearing Aid Collection!
Minneapolis Downtown Next Generation Lions Club wants your old/unused hearing aids. We are collecting hearing aids at Minnesota Hearing Aid Professionals, Inc., 2211 Park Ave South, Minneapolis, MN 55404. Phone: (612) 871-2445
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.