Austin Founder Lions Club

Austin Founder Lions Club has resumed meeting in-person. The club meets at noon every Thursday in Building 605 at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Occasionally, we meet on Zoom or off-site, so check each week's program information carefully, including meeting time.

2023 Fall Rose Day Fundraiser

Rose Day Fundraiser
Order Roses for Deliver October 26

On Oct. 26, 2023 Austin Founder Lions Club members will deliver dozens of beautiful, long-stemmed red roses, packed in an attractive florist box along with your personalized message to homes and businesses in the greater Austin area during normal business hours.

Make a loved one or friend’s ordinary day special. And show your appreciation to those who enrich your life: personal trainer or yoga instructor, hairdresser, doctor, teacher, walking buddy, valued clients, employees, etc. You can have a dozen long-stemmed red roses delivered in the greater Austin area for just $30.00. If two or more deliveries go to the same address (maybe a gym or a business location), you pay only $27.00 per subsequent dozen.

Funds raised support Austin Founder Lions Club’s services to the greater Austin community, including vision screening/eye exams/eyeglasses, eyeglass recycling, sponsoring children with special medical needs to attend Texas Lions Camp, providing scholarships to Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired graduates, and helping train Leader Dogs for the Blind.

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Club Recognizes Local Schools 

On April 23, 2023 the Austin Founder Lions Club hosted representatives of the six schools in the Austin Independent School District who accepted this year's recognition for their Founder Lions namesakes. Student representatives also attended. The schools are Boone Elementary, Cowan Elementary, Kocurek Elementary, Pickle Elementary, Widen Elementary and the Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy. Each of these schools are named after an Austin Founder Lions Club member.

Mardi Gras Casino Night was a Great Success

On February 17, 2023 the Austin Founder Lions Club held its 3rd annual Casino Night fundraising event at the Red Oak Ballroom on Anderson Lane.  The theme this year was Mardi Gras. 

Benefiting Lions Charitable Community Activities, including vision screening for pre-K children and eye exams and eyeglasses for low-income adults; eyeglass recycling; Texas Lions Camp for Austin area children with special medical needs; scholarships for Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired graduates; and Meals on Wheels.


The NFL Alumni – Austin Chapter again partnered with Austin Founder Lions Club to host the 11th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot-Out Tournament on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, at Capital City Clays!  All enjoyed a fun day and a delicious lunch, and helped raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Austin Chapter and other Lions’ and NFLA’s charitable community services. 

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.

Eyeglasses Recycling

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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 8ยข 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

Donations, philanthropy, civic dutyEstablished 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.


TO EMPOWER volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.

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Making a Difference Through Community Service - We Serve.

These are some of the organizations we are proud to support through the donations raised by our community efforts:

Texas Lions Eye Bank, sight preservation, Austin Founders Lions club, Austin, Tx, Philanthropy                         

          Texas Lions Childrens camp, Austin Founders Lions club, Austin, Tx, Philanthropy           

  Texas Lions Leader dogs, sight preservation, Austin Founders Lions club, Austin, Tx, Philanthropy

World Services for the Blind
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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