A Tradition of Service

From its earliest days the Greater Hartford Host Lions Club (formerly the West Hartford Lions Club and the Hartford Host Lions Club) has always placed a priority on fund raising. The lifting, pushing and pulling that went into the first fund raiser, an auction, were a sign of things to come. Over the next sixty years, the Club would donate thousands of hours on hundreds of events to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the club's charitable activities. Horse shows, opera productions, bridge nights, light bulb sales, pancake breakfasts and theatre parties were among the earliest fund raisers.

To raise funds today, the Greater Hartford Host Lions Club conducts an annual pecan and cashew sale, continues the tradition of its annual pancake breakfast, and runs a concession stand at the annual Celebrate! West Hartford weekend. The Club is always on the lookout for a new project to help meet the needs of our community.

The dollars which have been raised over the last sixty years have been used to aid those less fortunate than ourselves not only on a local level, but also on a district, state, national and international level as well.

Locally, the Greater Hartford Host Lions donate both money and time in serving their community. Local residents unable to pay for eyeglasses and eye exams have always been able to turn to the Greater Hartford Host Lions Club. The Club has long been a supporter of the American School for the Deaf, not only through annual contributions, but also by donating its first van and erecting a flagpole in front of a dormitory. The Club sponsors and serves an annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the children, families and staff of The Village for Families and Children. And the Club presents a scholarship annually to a deserving high school graduate. This scholarship is renewable for four years as long as the student is in school and maintains good grades.

Beyond our community, the Greater Hartford Host Lions Club enthusiastically supports Lions charitable programs on District, State, National and International levels. Among the recipients of donations are the following: Lions Clubs International Foundation; Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation; Fidelco Guide Dogs; Gallery of Low Vision Services; Hearing Conservation; Oak Hill School; The National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut; and The Village for Families & Children.

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