Lions Club International was founded in 1917 in Chicago by businessman Melvin Jones. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged club members to become "Knights of the Blind". Since then, Lions Clubs have been devoted to the preservation of sight and hearing. The Lions also support youth leadership activities.
In July 2007, Lions Club International Foundation was ranked the number one non-governmental organization worldwide. Through its campaign SightFirst I and II, Lions Clubs around the world have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate preventable blindness throughout the world.
Today, with nearly 1.35 million men and women in more than 200 countries, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the increasing needs of our society.
Local Lions Clubs have offered its members the opportunity to give something back to their communities.
The Mason City Lions Club was founded on May 12th, 1920. Our service programs include KidSight, formerly known as "Coming To Your Senses", which is a vision screening program conducted throughout the year by Noon Lions volunteers in Mason City preschools and daycares. Since 2002, our club has screened over 5400 young children. Our club also helps low income individuals in the community with eye exams and eyeglasses. In 2009, $1600 was spent in providing 12 individuals with eyeglasses.
The Noon Lions help support Iowa's Camp Hertko Hollow for young children with diabetes.
Community service activities include ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, serving meals at the Community Kitchen, collecting gently used prescription and non-prescription eyeglasses and subnglasses to distribute to developing countries, and providing a popcorn machine for the Muse Norris Youth Softball Complex in Mason City.
Our largets event is the annual chili supper, held in the lobby of the Mason City High School at the last home football game of the season. Recent fundraisers included a progressive cocktail party in 2006, and a progressive international dinner in 2007, both hosted in members' homes.
As a member of the Noon Lions Club, you will have the ability to make a difference in this community. Our club provides members with project management assistance, leadership training, personal development opportunities and organizing fundraising programs. Being a Lion empowers you to help others in a way that no one person could do alone. Now more than ever, individuals with vision problems, our youth, the disadvantaged, our environment, and our seniors need your help. You can make a difference. By participating in our local Lions Club, you can help meet these pressing needs in our community and around the world.
Band Festival 2015
Click on "News and Events" for pictures of the new musical playground located near the train engine and Prairie Playground in East Park. The is a memorial to PDG Henry T. Paine, long time Mason City band instructor and Mason City Noon Lions member.
Programs for March 2016
March 2—A representative of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce will give an update on community projects.
March 9—T.J. Jumper, an administrator of the Mason City Community Schools, will talk about the schools.
March 16—MCHS graduate Sirhan Jayawardena will talk about film making.
March 23—Judy Hankom of Hampton, past International Director with Lions Clubs International, will talk about her experiences.
March 30—Capt. Rich Jensen of the Mason City Police Department will talk about criminal investigation.
March programs are by Lion John Fritz and Lion Kris Buehner.
Our meetings are on Wednesdays at noon. The club meets at the HyVee East Club Room, Regency Square Shopping Center on Hwy 122 East, Mason City, IA.
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