Greetings From The Vancouver Lions
If you are looking for the web site of the Vancouver Lions Club that is located in America’s Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington USA, this is it! You have found us!
If, however, you were trying to find the Vancouver Cathay New Century Lions Club, or perhaps the Vancouver BC Lions football team, they are both located in Canada‘s Vancouver—a short, 4 hour 52 minute, 305 mile drive North, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.
No matter what the circumstance that brought you here, we are very happy you found us. And now that you know where we are, please accept an open invitation to spend some time learning about who we are, what we do, how we serve our community, and maybe even a little bit about why we are Lions.
Who We Are
The Vancouver Lions Club is an independent, non-profit corporation, located in Vancouver, Washington USA. Chartered as a member of the International Association Of Lions Clubs on September 12, 1928, it was the first Lions club in Clark County, Washington, and is now one of the the oldest and longest–serving Lions clubs in the world.
The Vancouver Lions Club is a part of District 19G of Lions Clubs International—it is also a member of Multiple District 19 (MD 19), which includes all Lions clubs located in Washington, British Columbia, and Northern Idaho. We are one of 45 Lions and Lioness clubs located in District 19G (Southwest Washington state), and one of 11 Lions clubs within Zone 2 of District G, which includes most of Clark County, Washington.
What We Do
In 1925 Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "Knights of the blind." Since then Lions everywhere have been committed to blindness prevention, and have been recognized throughout the world for their service to the blind and visually impaired.
The Vancouver Lions Club focuses much of its service activities on helping the students at the Washington State School For The Blind (the “WSSB”), the Pacific Foundation For Blind Children (the “PFBC”, the School Of Piano Technology for the Blind (the “Piano Hospital”), and the Washington School for the Deaf (the “WSSD”). The Vancouver Lions brought the, now familiar, White Cane Days fund drive to our community, and our members founded what is now known as the Interservice Walk And Knock food drive, an annual food drive conducted the first weekend each December that has been embraced by almost every service club in our community.
Our Club endorses the charitable programs of Lions Clubs International, such as SightFirst (a program designed to eliminate preventable blindness around the world), CARE (an organization that helps people in the poorest communities in the world), Lions Clubs International Foundation (a charitable foundation that provides humanitarian services, disaster relief and vocational assistance), and Lions Quest (a program that increases acedemic achievement, decreases problem behaiviors and improves prosocial behaiviors for school age children). Our Lions were instrumental in creating, and actively participate in the Lions Sight Foundation of Clark County and Clark Lions Hearing And Speech Conservation Committee Of Clark County to distribute eyeglasses, hearing aids and medical assistance to persons with sight or hearing disabilities throughout Clark County, Washington.
Lions Clubs International has impacted the lives of millions all over the world. Through signature projects, Lions are able to help in the areas of sight, health, youth, the elderly, the environment and disaster relief.
Founded in 1917, Lions are best known for fighting blindness; But Lions also feed the hungry, aid seniors and the disabled, and care for the environment. Lions are a global service network of volunteers that make a difference in our local communities.
By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward the goal of providing vision for all. Through programs such as SightFirst, Lions have helped provide more than 147 million treatments for river blindness, 10 million doses of a sight–saving drug to prevent trachoma, and eye screenings for more than 15 million children.
Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $415 million for the SightFirst initiative. SightFirst targets the major causes of blindness: low vision, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
Lions community projects often support children and local schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, Lions offer many programs to empower youth, including the Peace Poster Contest; youth camps and exchanges; and Lions Quest, a positive youth development program.
Leo clubs help young people develop leadership skills while impacting their communities through service. There are approximately 157,000 Leos and 6,000 Leo clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas worldwide.
Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large–scale local humanitarian projects. Through the Foundation, Lions meet the needs of local and global communities. Since 1968, Lions Clubs International Foundation has awarded more than $811 million in grants to support humanitarian projects. As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, LCIF helps Lions improve the lives of millions of people through four pillars of service: saving sight, supporting youth, providing disaster relief and meeting humanitarian needs. Through the Foundation's generous support of large–scale humanitarian initiatives, Lions are able to extend their reach from local communities to the global community in order to serve those who need us most.