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Lions Clubs International

300 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630-571-5466
Fax: 630-571-1692
Web Site:


Marilee Kadar, Manager
Health & Children's Services Department


  • Mission:

    Lions Clubs International is a service organization whose mission is “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.” Individual clubs work with the local community to provide needed and useful health-related programs for sight, diabetes awareness, and hearing.

  • Membership/Affiliates:

    There are approximately 46,000 Lions clubs worldwide, including 1.35 million members.

  • Programs/Activities:

    Volunteers operate and/or support a wide variety of projects, such as recreational camps for visually impaired, eye banks, used-eyeglass recycling centers, international health missions, guide dog schools, research facilities, clinics, and more.

    Clubs may provide vision and/or diabetes screenings through collaboration with community healthcare professionals; many support mobile-screening units; and clubs may provide assistance for eye examinations, eye care, and eyeglasses for people in need.

    The international office provides area program chairpersons and club volunteers with resources and information for conducting eye health and diabetes awareness programs.

    Lions Clubs International supports many other service activities that may or may not be health related, such as Hearing Preservation, Awareness and Action, Disaster Preparedness and Relief, Environmental Services, International Relations, Lions Services for Children, and Lions Opportunities for Youth programs.

  • Meetings:

    Annual Meeting: Always in June/July

    Area Forums: Annually

    Three board meetings a year

    Clubs: Meet once or more per month

  • Publications:

    THE LION Magazine: Published 10 times/year; distributed to all members

    Chairperson Newsletter: Distributed two to three times a year to district and state chairpersons for the programs Sight Preservation, Awareness and Action, Lions Services for Children, and Diabetes Awareness

    Lions Eye Health Program: IAD 419

    Lions Recycle for Sight: IAD 403

    Club Guide for Collecting Used Eyeglasses: IAD 401

    Strides…Lions Walk for Diabetes Awareness Activity Guide for Clubs: IAD 184

    Lions Services for Children: IAD 303

Date Last Updated
January 2012

Department of Health and Human Services NIH, the National Institutes of Health