HOW OUR VISION BEGAN
Lions Clubs International celebrated its 100th anniversary on June 17, 2017. In 1917, Melvin Jones and a group of businessmen in Chicago, Illinois, put their talents to work improving their communities. Lions International grew rapidly throughout the country. In 1925, Helen Keller gave a speech at the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to be “…knights of the blind.” The Lions’ motto is “We Serve.”
The Conroe Lions Club was chartered in 1939 with a group of 25 business men dedicated to improving the growth in their community. In 1986, the club changed its name to the Conroe Noon Lions Club and has since grown to be one of the largest clubs in the USA, and is a beacon of service to the Conroe area. The Conroe Noon Lions Club Charities Inc. is a non-profit corporation registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
From its early beginnings, the club heeded the call of Helen Keller. With that inspiration, the club’s major service project is an extensive Sight Program, which provides eye exams & eyeglasses for needy school-aged children from some 18-area schools. The Conroe Noon Lions Club will spend approximately $22,000 to support this one program. The club supports other sight conservation efforts through the Leader Dog Program, the Light House for the Blind, Lions Eye Bank of Texas, and the World Services for the Blind. In 2006, the club opened the Conroe Noon Lions Club Eyeglass Recycling Center; a facility which cleans, sorts, categorizes, and repairs donated used eyeglasses that are distributed by various mission and relief agencies all over the world. A very active Sight Awareness Committee conducts community projects such as vision screenings, glaucoma screenings, used eyeglass collections, and other local-vision centered events.
The Conroe Noon Lions Club continues to support the youth of our area through projects like Kids on the Lake, a fishing tournament for special needs children. Along with Lions clubs around the state of Texas, CNLC supports the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville. The camp provides special camping sessions for children with physical disabilities, diabetes, and Downs syndrome at no cost to their families. Other youth oriented projects include: Reaves Elementary – Adopt-A-School, drug awareness programs, youth scholarship contests, scholarships to area seniors, and sponsoring the Conroe High School LEO Club. The motto of Lions International is “We Serve,” and the Conroe Noon Lions Club and its members are committed to service in their communities, their country, and their world.