Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Lions?

How many Lions are there?

So what do all these people in all these clubs actually do?

If I donate to the Lions, where does the money go?

Is there a Lions Club in my area?

When I think of Lions, I think of eyeglasses. What's that all about?

How old are Lions Club members?

How do I join a Lions Club?

If I, or someone I know in my community needs help, how do I contact the Lions Club?

Why is the sky blue?


Who are the Lions?

Lions are members of your community, just like you. Everyone has the potential to help others, and Lionism is a way for people to get together for the benefit of their fellows.


How Many Lions are there?

Lions Clubs International has over 1,300,000 members in 46,260 clubs, in 193 countries worldwide. Lions International is the largest service organization in the world. Individual clubs vary in size from a handful of motivated individuals up.


So what do all these people in all these clubs actually do?

Lions do many things to serve their communities and the world. A few examples include:

  • Lions was one of the first organizations to send aid to Ground Zero after 9/11 in the United States.
  • Lions also has sent/is sending assistance to tsumani survivors.
  • Lions holds a Peace Poster Contest each year. This is an international contest inspiring junior high students to consider peace, and create a poster. Each year there is a specific theme, and each year one poster is selected as international finalist.
  • In our state, New Jersey Lions Clubs support Camp Marcella, a summer camp for blind children, Canine Hearing Comapnions, where dogs are trained and partnered with deaf or hearing-impaired people, and Lions Eye Banks, which are a source of tissues for eye/vision related transplant surgeries, and provide free amblyopia screening for preschoolers to determine if they have "lazy eye" and correct it before it is too late.
  • Locally, the West Deptford Lions Club has also purchased and donated specialized surgical equipment to Underwood Memorial Hospital, purchased and donated TV monitors to the West Deptford Police, distributed hundreds of Thankgiving and Holiday food baskets to needy families, as well as given monetary aid to local families who have fallen victim to fires, accidents, and disabilities, provided free eye examinations and eye glasses to those unable to afford them, sponsored the Sight Mobile at local events (the sight mobile is a mobile eye exam clinic that can travel to an event or fair to provide on the spot eye exams, free of charge to patients), and contributed to many charitable foundations over the years.
    If I donate to the Lions, where does the money go?

    100% of all donations go to help needy families and support charitable organizations.

    Lions Clubs are required to maintain two completely separate accounts for their money. Club dues are kept in the administrative account, and club expenses can be paid only from this money. All donations go into the charitable funds account. These funds are NEVER used for administrative purposes. By doing this, Lions Clubs can guarantee that all monies donated actually go to the causes for which they were intended.


    Is there a Lions Club in my area?

    To find a Lions Club in your area, please check here.


    When I think of Lions, I think of eyeglasses. What's that all about?

    In 1922, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become the "Knights of Sight", so Lions clubs are very active in providing eye exams and eye glasses around the world. The used eyeglasses collection boxes you may remember seeing are a big part of that. We accept donations of used eyeglasses to give to people who cannot afford new ones. Due to United States regulations, the glasses you donate are not able to be used within our borders. But the Lions are an international organization. We send the used glasses to countries where there are no optics labs, and distibute them there. The recipients have no alternative because new eyeglasses are not available to them. For many people who receive these eyeglasses, it is the first time they have ever seen clearly; some have even commented that it was the first time they had ever seen their own child's face. This truly is the Gift of Sight!

    While Lions promote sight, and are perhaps the most known for that cause, we also support many other worthy causes.


    How old are Lions Club members?

    Unfortunately, when people think of Lions Clubs, they think of a bunch of stuffy old guys. This is not the case. Lions clubs members range in age from 18 years old and up. There is also a Lions program in schools called the Leo Club. Lions clubs also boast a substantial female membership.


    How do I join a Lions Club?

    Joing the Lions Club is a commitment that begins with an invitation. Before you can join, you need to have an existing member sponsor you. If you already know a Lions Club member, this is the person to talk to. They will get you in touch with their club's Membership Chairperson, and give you the details you need to join. Even if your friend is a member in a club outside of your area, he or she can still sponsor you, and you can still join a club closer to you. If you do not know a member, please contact your local club for more information. While membership is by inviatation only, if someone expresses a desire to help, it is not policy to turn them away.


    If I, or someone I know in my community needs help, how do I contact the Lions Club?

    You can search for a club in your area by going to The Lions Club International web page.

    If you are in West Deptford, NJ, USA, please contact us via e-mail.


    Why is the sky blue?

    Well, we can't actually answer this one for you. But if the blue sky is blurry and you need some help to see it clearly, then contact us, and maybe we can help. Remember, "We Serve".

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