The History of Lions Clubs
The International Association of Lions Clubs began in 1917 when Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman, felt that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely business concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
Lions Clubs International has become the largest service organization in the world with almost 1.4 million men and women in 46,000 Clubs located in 207 countries and geographical areas of the world.
Lions Club Activities
Clubs participate in many service activities within their own communities and in the world at large.
The Bracebridge Lions Club has been serving the community since 1942. Some of the Bracebridge Lions projects include sizable donations to the Bracebridge Library, Centennial Centre, South Muskoka Hospital, Annie Williams Park, local school music programs, the Lake Joseph Camp for the Blind at MacTier, the Lions Dialysis Camp at Dorset, the Camp of the Deaf at Parry Sound, the Juvenile Diabetes Camp Huronda north of Huntsville and the Cancer Centre in Sudbury.
Ongoing projects include hosting the Out of the Cold Program , raising funds for the local hospital; sponsoring local sports teams; the Public School Band, a Bursary at both the local Secondary Schools, conducting peace poster and public speaking contests for our youth, vision screening; assisting with purchase of eyeglasses, wheelchairs, etc. for those unable to afford these items. The Bracebridge Lions Hall is located on Fraserburg Road where space is also donated to other non-profit groups. The hall is used by the Lions and other community groups such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Friends, Pioneer Power Association and Weight Watchers.
How We Raise Funds
Funds are raised through various activities undertaken by Club members including: a monthly Bingo; a community Steak BBQ each summer; numerous community BBQ’s; our Foundations annual golf tournament; renting out our Clubhouse; Break-away lottery tickets; Raffle Draws; Lions mint sales; Bottle Recycling, Yard sales and various other fund-raisers.
The initial membership fee is $30. There is an annual membership fee of $100.
What are a Lion’s time commitments?
The Bracebridge Lions have dinner meetings of the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. The Directors meet on the 1st Thursday of each month. Lions are expected to work at the fund raising activities mentioned above.
The Club also performs service functions such as assisting with the Out of the Cold program; manning the Salvation Army Cheer Kettles, selling crocuses for the CNIB, vision screening, collecting used eye glasses, providing food booths at community events, helping out at triathlons and working on the Trans Canada Trail.
Why become a Lion?
There are a lot of people in our community who enjoy life and are grateful for what they have received. They feel they would like to assist others in our community who are less fortunate, but do not know how to accomplish this. The Bracebridge Lions Club is an organization through which these wishes can be accomplished. In addition to being able to serve our community, there is the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of other community-minded individuals.
Who is eligible to become a Lion?
Membership in a Lions club is by invitation. Your name is submitted by a sponsor and approved by the Club Directors.
Anyone who is of good standing in the community and who wishes to assist others may be a Lion.
If you are interested in learning more about the Bracebridge Lions Club, contact any of our existing members. If you are new in Town or not familiar with any members, please use the form on our Contact Page.