Our club is a unique mix of individuals who embrace our motto, “We Serve”. The club is always up to something. Candy Days, Fall Raffle, Winter Steak Fry, Shop with a Cop, Annual Golf Outing, Memorial Day and 4th of July Parade, Vision and Hearing screenings, Used Eyeglass Collection, Used Hearing Aids Collection, Sight and Sound Sweepstakes, Community Events Sign, Marching our 20 x 30′ United States Flag in local Parades. Proceeds from our fundraisers benefit many local and national individuals and charities. These nclude vision exams, eyeglasses and hearing aids for local needy, Crystal Lake Food Pantry, McHenry County Police Charities (Shop with a Cop Program), Horizons for the Blind, Salvation Army, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Lions of Illinois Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and many more.
“I appeal to you Lions, who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind, will you not constitute yourselves as Knights of the Blind in the crusade against blindness?”
– Helen Keller. 1925
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest community service organization with clubs around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as
cleaning an area park or as far reaching as bringing sight to the world’s blind, Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community.
The Lion Clubs began in 1917 as a dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. In 1925 , Helen Keller addressed the Lions International Convention in Ohio. She challenged the Lions to become, “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” From this time, Lions have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.
In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for the youth. Lions also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled,support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.
Lions Clubs International headquarters are located in Oak Brook, Illinois.