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Unable to do vision screening and other service projects, the Austin Founder Lions Club Board created a new service project in the area of hunger, an especially critical need in this time of COVID-19. Members were invited to identify someone they know who is in need of assistance and may be experiencing food insecurity. By the deadline, 10 individuals/families had been recommended.
During the week of May 25, club members delivered $100 gift cards to HEB to each of the 10 individuals/ families in need.
Special thanks to the following Lions who submitted recommendations and delivered cards: Gaylord Armstrong, Ken Crone, Mark Hastings, Mim Hruby, J.P. Kirksey, Robert Seidel, Mollie Tower, Laura Tyring and Carolyn Wright.
Recipients included a former club member, housekeepers, handyman, janitor, teacher, service worker, etc.
“From the feedback received, each recipient/family was very grateful for the help, and so appreciated the Lions thinking of them,” said Ann Ward, president. Gaylord Armstrong reported that his recipient said it was the nicest gift she had ever received.
Casino Night was a Great Success
The first Casino Night on February 7, 2020, presented by Austin Founder Lions Club, with support from the South Austin Lions Club, exceeded its $7,500 goal, raising $10,000 to support Lions’ vision screening and eyeglass purchases for children in the greater Austin area. Thank you to all the Sponsors, generous in-kind donors and attendees for helping make Casino Night a “Roaring 20/20” success! Check out the candid photos, courtesy of Vickie Flaugher, photographer.
Mobile App for Austin Founder Lions Club Members
Austin Founder Lions Club now provides a mobile app to help members more easily stay in touch with club activities and their fellow club members. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. It is provided by Wild Apricot.
Using this app, you can:
- See a list of upcoming events, register and pay for them.
- View the details of events you've signed up for.
- Find other members of the club and contact them.
- Update your personal profile.
Want to help us give sight to the world? Find local eyeglass recycling drop-off locations HERE
According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.
Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don't have glasses. They can't learn, because reading is difficult. They can't work to the best of their ability, because they can't see clearly.
It costs Lions less than 8¢ to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone's life. For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others. Lions clubs collect millions of eyeglasses each year, making eyeglass recycling one of our most popular activities. Will you help us in our mission to give sight to the world? Donate your used glasses today!
A History of Quality and Service
Established in Austin Texas in 1916, our club has been known as the Austin Lions Club, the Lions Club of Austin, and the Downtown Lions Club. In 1976, the name was formally changed to the Founder Lions Club of Austin. We are now known as the Austin Founder Lions Club and the history of the Austin Founder Lions Club is a long one of quality and service.
Past and present members include many of the most prominent names in both Austin and Texas' history - U.S. Congressman J.J. "Jake" Pickle, Austin mayor Gus Garcia, both Willie Kocurek and his son Neal Kocurek, and more - all dedicated to the service of humanity through the spirit of Lionism and its many community outreach programs.
We admit we are a bit proud of our status as the "world's oldest continuously operating Lions Club", but, we like to think that our efforts in community service are typical of Lions Clubs the world over. It's a story of garage sales, golf tournaments, rose sales and other kinds of fund raisers. It's a story of answering the needs of the community and of disadvantaged groups and individuals, through efforts such as our Eyeglasses Recycling program, support of the Texas Lions Camp and the Lone Star Eye Bank, eyeglasses for students and other projects. And it's a story of building and working with other Lions Clubs to promote teamwork in service.
We are perhaps most proud, however, to be a part of Lions Clubs International, which provides the opportunity to support nonpartisan service activities that are worldwide in scope. Through Lions International we can help fight blindness and other social problems around the world while promoting international understanding, and that's what makes our association so special. The club participates in projects with other clubs in surrounding counties known as Lions District 2-S3.