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MCL • 3801 East Main Street • Richmond IN 47374
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BECOME A MEMBER
Do you want to help and serve others in the Richmond, Indiana area? Are you interested in making our communities better for future generations? Then you should become a member of the Richmond Noon Lions Club. To join, simply download the brochure and email it to our club secretary or contact a club member.
Lions International is the world’s largest service club organization with a network of 1.35 million men and women in more than 206 countries and geographical locations. We serve where we live, as well as globally, and we have fun doing it.
Though well known for its successful initiatives in vision health, Lions service is as adverse as its members. We meet all sorts of needs, from assisting the elderly to helping victims of natural disasters.
Lions give funds raised to causes that support our mission and community. All our administrative costs are covered by dues and in Club activities.
Lions make a difference everyday everywhere. Whether by organizing a pancake fundraiser or building a wheelchair ramp for someone in need, we are a hands-on organization.
LIONS DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST!
Pictures tell the story! 1 out of 20 preschoolers and 1 out of 4 school aged children has an eye problem requiring treatment or correction. Since children do not know how well they should see, they will not complain about poor vision. Eye disorders, if they remain undiscovered, can harmfully affect a child's personality, his/her learning ability and his/her entire adjustment in school.
Nearly half of the 50,000 Americans, who go blind each year, lose their sight needlessly. By conducting screening tests, the adult vision screening program will identify subjects at high risk for eye disorders or potentially blinding diseases and refer them for professional eye care.
Many adult diseases, such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, can steal a person’s sight without noticeable symptoms. Any vision that is lost to these diseases cannot be restored, but further loss can be prevented. An adult vision screening can often detect these problems in the early and treatable stages.
This is a screening only and should not be confused with a complete eye examination. No diagnoses will be made. Based on an individual’s screening results, the volunteer screener will recommend to that individual if he or she should have a complete eye examination. (Each individual may choose the health care professional of his/her choice for any medical care, further advice, and/or verification of the screening results.)
These screenings will include a visual acuity test (both far and near vision on each eye). Other eye problems may also be discovered during the screening.
When Helen Keller spoke to the International Convention of Lions International in 1925 she challenged the Lions to become the "Knights of the Blind". Committed to our motto - "We Serve" Lions perform service projects focused on improving our communities, the state, the nation and the world. There are many local community philanthropic efforts that the Richmond Lions Club has supported over the years that do not relate to its mission but are equally important to improving our community.
The Club participates in many philanthropic projects throughout the year including many local projects on a request basis:
Indiana Lions Cancer Control-Gamma Knife
Indiana Lions Speech and Hearing
Indiana Lions Leader Dog
Indiana Lions Eye Bank
Indiana Lions Diabetes
Indiana Lions Parkinson's Disease
Indiana Lions Camp Woodsmoke
Indiana Lions Eyeglass Recycling
Indiana Lions Vision Van
Lions Club School Eyeglass Program
If your organization is looking for funds that fall within the mission of our club, click here to download the grant request form. We have established a philanthropic committee that will review any requests submitted to the club.
FUND RAISING OPPORTUNITIES
Lions meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with other local non profit, tax exempt organizations.
Since 1917, Lions have met the needs in their communities and continued to improve the areas in which they live. As long as there are needs around the world, we will work to meet those needs.
In order to support these efforts the local club raises funds through the following fund raising opportunities.
- Annual golf fund raising in July.
- Annual Auction held in the fall of each year.
- Annual Lions Club Fruit Sale held November through December.
- InConcert Series is a group of local non-profits who collaborate their fund raising efforts, tickets can be obtained from any Lions member.
- Lions Club Gumball Machines located at various community businesses.
- Lions Club Aluminum Recycling where Lions members collect cans.
The Richmond Noon Lions Club was organized June 7, 1924 and officially chartered on October 5, 1924. The 38 original members voted to meet every Wednesday at noon with a luncheon. The club met at a local restaurant until 1927 when it mmoved to the Leland Hotel. In 1972 the meeting was moved to Holdiay Inn and to Millers Cafeteria in 1992. In 1996, the club moved its meetings to MCL Cafeteria.
In 1938 the Club sponsored Fred Craft and his stand at the post office. Fred became a Lion and he and his faithful dog attendined every meeting. In 1939 Paul Mendnhall and Judge Brubaker attended the first International Convention in Pittsburgh. The next year 2 more delegates from the club attended in Havana Cuba.The club hosted two state conventions, the first in 1940 and again in 1966.
The club has had three District Governors, Wilfred Bucher in 1957-1958, H.R. Smith in 1967-1968 and Jack Buckland in 2002-2003.
The first home show was held in 1953 in Clear Creek Park. After 5 years at the park, inclement weather caused the club to move the show to the Trueblood Fieldhouse on the campus of Earlham College. In 1983, the show as moved to the Kuhlman Youth Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
In 1970, the Grapefruit Project was started and has proven to be a great fundraiser.
The Richmond Lions Club has continued to grow through out the years in service to the community. Today the Club is very active and civic minded, proud of its heritage and of membership in the club. It lives up to its motto - "We Serve".