Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas.

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917, the volunteer organization's motto is "We Serve."

Service to Others
Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention. 

Today, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts, as well as through their international SightFirst Program and Lions World Sight Day, a global partnership of United Nations agencies, eye care and philanthropic organizations and health professionals, held the second Thursday of each October to increase awareness of the need to eradicate blindness. Lions also collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries year-round and especially during May, which is Lions Recycle for Sight Month.

In addition, Lions make a strong commitment to young people through youth outreach programs. Lions also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

Based on a recent report of Lions clubs worldwide, it is estimated that each Lions clubs donates US$9,900 to charitable causes, totaling US$449 million. Each year Lions club members volunteer approximately 76 million hours, which is equivalent to 36,500 people working full time for a year. 

Sight Programs
In 1990, Lions established SightFirst, raising US$143 million to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness. The unprecedented program joins Lions volunteers with blindness prevention experts and organizations and governments. SightFirst has:
provided more than 7.1 million cataract surgeries built or expanded 213 eye hospitals 
supported more than 80 million treatments to prevent river blindness improved eye care in 90 countries around the world. 

In 2005, Lions launched Campaign SightFirst II with a goal of raising at least US$150 million to continue and expand the extraordinary work of SightFirst. 

Lions clubs support other sight-related activities
Lions clubs and members:
provide 600,000 free professional glaucoma screenings and make 25,000 corneal transplants possible each year 
establish and support a majority of the world's eye banks, hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers worldwide 
collect more than 30 million pairs of used eyeglasses annually for free distribution to those in need in developing countries 
offer screenings, eyeglasses and sports goggles to athletes through the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes Program 
provide free quality eye care, eyeglasses, Braille-writers, large print texts, white canes and guide dogs for thousands of people each year.


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The Alpena Lions Club meets every Tuesday at Noon at the
Alpena Golf Club, 1135 E. Golf Course Road, Alpena, MI
Alpena Lions Club
PDG David Zeller
P.O. Box 324
Alpena, Michigan 49707
(989) 354-2175 (W) or (989) 356-2977 (H)
Fax: (989) 354-8974