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The Lions of Carrollton is starting its 25th year in Carroll County.
In 1987, 30 businessmen in the county became part of the largest service organization in the world...Lions International, with a membership of 1.35 million in more than 200 countries throughout the world.This organization was founded in 1917 by a group of Chicago businessmen who wanted to help the less-fortunate in our country and has grown to what it is today. Their ‘vision’ was to help with people’s vision, but has expanded to hearing, diabetes, disaster relief, student scholarships, and many other worthwhile causes...too many to mention.
The local club joins with Lions International in this ‘global vision’ and are passionate about helping the needy in Carroll County have a better quality of life.
Over the last 24 years, the Carrollton Lions have raised more than $100,000, and have put that money back into our community, district, state and world. The club’s fundraisers through the years have included magic shows, 5K run/walks, raffles, pancake breakfasts, county fair work, and its biggest one...the annual community birthday calendar, which members are currently working on for the upcoming year.
The club is currently made up of 24 members, who not only live in Carroll County, but are from Bedford, Louisville and Warsaw. The club is a member of District 43-T, one of six districts in the state, that has 26 clubs and 750 members. The main purpose is to provide eye care for the needy in our county. Members have applications that need to be completed and turned in to our ‘vision committee,’ chaired by Lion Denny Nieberding, and are screened by them to see if the candidate qualifies for help. The group is limited on funds, so it cannot always fill every need that is out there. That is where members ask for the community’s help...to support fundraisers, such as the birthday calendar, the 5K race on Oct. 29, and the ‘Bass Pro’ Raffle which is to be used for a Carroll County High School senior’s college scholarship next spring.
The Carrollton Lions meet at noon every second and fourth Thursday at General Butler State Resort Park Lodge in the River Room for one hour. The club has a meal, followed by a business meeting, conducted by Lion David Warren, the current President. Any man or woman interested in membership should contact one of the members for an application.