Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world. It was founded in 1917 when a Chicago business leader named Melvin Jones told members of his local business club they should reach out beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois. The new group took the name of one of the invited group, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, in October of that year. Within three years, Lions became an international organization which has now grown to over 46,000 clubs in 206 countries and geographical areas and 1.35 million members. Our motto is “We Serve.” Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities. We volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.
Fairfax Host Lions Club, was chartered on February 21, 1951, and was sponsored by the Vienna Host Lions Club. They had 29 charter members and today that number has grown to 66 members.
Fairfax Host Lions Club raises funds through various activities such as three citrus fruit sales each year, a vehicle donation program, and food booths at the Independence Day Parade and the Fall Festival. The focus of these funds is to help needy individuals in the local area who have sight and hearing problems and those who need additional food items. We pay for eye exams and glasses for those with sight problems and also purchase hearing aids for the needy. We provide scholarship grants to the visually impaired. We provide food baskets to approximately 30 to 45 needy families three times a year. We also conduct a Bland Music Competition each year for middle and high school students in vocal and instrumental categories. The winners in those two categories receive scholarship grants for further music training and progress on up to state level competitions which have substantial awards for those who make it that far. We also have an annual competition for middle school students in the world wide Peace Poster Contest. We sponsor a Little League Baseball team in Fairfax and also an air rifle Marksmanship Team at a local High School.
Fairfax Lions meet twice a month at 6:30 PM on the first and third Tuesdays at the American Legion Post 177, 3939 Oak Street, Fairfax.
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