Who Are The Lions?

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. The 1.35 million members of our volunteer organization in 206 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief – community is what we make it.

Lions Clubs International was started in 1917 by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. Jones brought a group of friends together to provide service to the community. In 1927 Helen Keller asked the Lions to become the Knights of the Blind and since that date the primary focus of Lions has been on serving the needs of sight and hearing impaired persons within the community.

In 1969 Lions clubs in Washington State organized an Eye Bank at the University of Washington to provide corneal tissue for cornea transplants. This is now one of the largest eye banks in the world. The Eye Bank that was founded and developed by the Lions of Washington State is now known as SightLife.  It has provided thousands of corneas for transplants enabling those previously blind to be able to see.

University-Ballard Lions Club

The University-Ballard Lions Club has been serving the people of Seattle since 1924 with particular emphasis on providing help for financially needy individuals with sight or hearing impairments.