Lions Clubs of Multiple District 36, Oregon and Northern California

We Serve

Lions of Oregon & Northern California are a part of an international network of 1.4 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions are best known for working to end preventable blindness, the giving of eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy and local service projects.


Mission Statement of Lions Clubs International:


"To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation."





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     In our daily lives we set goals.  Maybe we don’t write them down, but they are there in our minds and our hearts.  As young girls we may set that goal to be married and have children, as young men to have our own car.  For all of us maybe a goal is to have a specific career.   We are told as children and on into adulthood that we can do anything we want.  Now under normal circumstances I agree with that, but as was brought to my attention recently, a 250 lb. 6 ft tall man is never going to be jockey if that was his childhood goal.  So, I do agree with advocating common sense along with those dreams and goals.  When we get into the workforce, again we have goals – maybe to be a CEO or CFO or maybe to have tenure, but whatever it is we set that goal. It isn’t written down on paper, but it is there in our mind and our heart.

     When we become Lions, we set goals.  Maybe it is to be an officer or maybe just to be a volunteer.  Did I say JUST be a volunteer?  No indeed - What I mean to say is that as a Lion our goal is to follow the Lions motto and serve our community to the best of our ability.   Now how we do that takes many forms.  Serving as a committee chair, an officer, a committee member, giving money, donating product, setting up a service project are just a few things we can do.  And maybe we have those goals written on paper and maybe we don’t.

     It is always easier to keep sight of our goals when they are written down.  Sometimes it is just a list; other times it is a poster or a sign hung on our office or home wall where we see it every day.  As a leader we are always tasked with writing down those goals, thus making it easier to set up the necessary steps to achieve them.  As we set those goals though, we must remember to make them attainable.  How easy to lose sight of the goal if it is so far-fetched that we realize early on that we will not ever be able to reach it.  This is not to say that the long term goal is not reachable, but perhaps we need to concentrate on smaller goals before going after that big one.

     And as we strive to reach our goals, we need to take to heart our International President’s theme this year and “look beyond the horizon”.  Can we get 10 new Lions members in our club this month- well maybe not, but can we get 1 new member every month for ten months- Why Not!!!  Can we give $100 monthly to LCIF, well maybe our budget does not allow for that, but can we give $10 every month for ten months- Why Not.  Set your goals- be realistic, but look beyond the horizon to what you can accomplish and then let yourself  “Soar to New Heights” as a Lion.

Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?
— Helen Keller's Speech at 1925 International Convention Cedar Point, Ohio, USA June 30, 1925