The LIONS (Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety) was founded in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. It began with business men wanting to give back to their community. The motto of the Lions became, and still is, “We Serve.”
In 1925, Helen Keller asked the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” Her request inspired the Lions to focus on helping people with sight and sound needs.
The Lions is currently the largest service organization in the world, with 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs, in 206 countries. Lions help people receive glasses and hearing aids, support victims of natural disasters, recycle glasses, build parks for children, and provide many other needed services.
The Galena Lions Club was chartered on September 14, 1936. This chapter has provided support and service throughout the years to the Galena community, with sight and sound needs and many community projects.
Here are some of the ways the Galena Lions Club has served
in the last seven years:
- $15,000 to the Galena Food Pantry
- $500 to the Galena Area Emergency Medical Service for
helping us at Galena Oktoberfest & $600 for CPR mannequins
- Five $2,000 scholarships to students entering college for
sight & sound occupations
- $2,000 to a local young man for hearing aids
- $1,955 to the Galena Arts & Recreation Center for art
program supplies and outdoor playhouse
- $500 to Tyler's Justice Center for a hard drive system and
- $300 to the American Red Cross - Northwest Illinois
Chapter for a TV to train volunteers
- $400 to the City of Galena to pay for swimming lessons for
children from low-income families
- $495 to Safe Haven for a banner to identify themselves at
events and funds to care for incoming dogs
- $300 to Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois to
give uniforms to scouts who can't afford them
- $320 to the Galena Public Library to purchase children's
- $300 to Toys for Tots to purchase toys for children in Jo
Daviess Country at Christmas time
- $2,000 to purchasing eye exams and/or eye glasses for
local people in need
- Donated $4,000 to the Leader Dog Program in Rochester
- Made donations to the Illinois Eye Bank and to the
Lions of Illinois Foundation
To serve our community by providing voluntary services and financial assistance, especially in the areas of sight and hearing, within an atmosphere of fellowship and fun, and in keeping with the Lions’ traditions of community involvement, international cooperation, and environmental protection.