OTHER LIONS WEB SITES
Lions of District 24A Web Site (Service Activities, Admin Info, etc.)
Who We Are
The Lake Ridge Lions are men and women who live or work in the Eastern Prince William County SERVING our community. Our members include people from Occoquan, Lake Ridge, West Ridge, Old Bridge Estates, Woodbridge, Dale City, etc.
As Lions, we volunteer our time and efforts to humanitarian causes throughout our district and the State of Virginia. By conducting service projects and raising funds, we strive to help those in need - wherever the need exists: locally or throughout the world community. The Lions' motto is "We Serve."
Our association was founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. Lions Clubs International has grown to be the world's largest service organization with more than 1.3 million members belonging to local clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas of the world. The headquarters of Lions Clubs International is in Oak Brook, Illinois. The international association is governed by a board of directors, which is elected annually at the International Convention.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their International Convention and challenged them to become "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness." Since that time, service to the blind and visually impaired has become one of the association's most significant activities.
Lions speak many different languages and profess many religious and political beliefs; however, they all subscribe to common objectives and ethical principles. Each fall and again in the winter we hold a District wide conference.
What We Do
In Virginia, Lions Clubs have been serving their communities since November of 1921. In the past year, the Lions Clubs of District 24-A have contributed over a million dollars to Lions causes, in our local community and in the world. We provide eye exams and eyeglasses, hearing exams and hearing aids, food baskets to the needy, scholarships to handicapped students, support for youth activities such as diabetes awareness programs, drug abuse awareness programs, leader dogs for the visually impaired and hearing dogs for the hearing impaired. We own and operate a Youth Camp in the Shenandoah Mountains and participate in youth exchange programs around the world. We also locally sponsor a peace poster contest in conjunction with the International Association of Lions Clubs. We also recycle used eyeglasses and prepare them for people in third world countries, where a pair of eyeglasses often costs more than a month's wages. Watch for our eyeglass collection boxes throughout the area, or click to find a collection box near you in Lake Ridge and Potomac Mills area. to find one near you.
Some of the funds we raise are used to support the Old Dominion Eye Foundation in Richmond, Virginia, the Leader Dog for the Blind in Michigan, the Virginia Lions Hearing Foundation and Research Center in Charlottesville Virginia, two mobile sight and hearing screening vans which travel to schools, retirement centers and churches throughout our district.
The Lions, Lionesses and Leos of District 24-A really make a difference in their communities. Where there is a need, they are usually there to help!