Why We Do What We Do
The primary purpose of the Toccoa Lions Club is to help the people of Toccoa and Stephens County with vision, hearing and diabetes health care. We do this by public awareness campaigns and by assisting people who cannot afford health care in these areas. We have several programs to accomplish these goals.
Georgia Lighthouse Sight Conservation Program
Our most important program is Sight/Hearing Conservation. This program includes free sight and hearing screening and financial aid for eye examinations & eye glasses to those people who cannot afford these health items. We also refer people with more complex eye & hearing health issues to the Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind.
The Open Arms Clinic
Our next most critical program is financial support for the Open Arms Clinic. This is a free clinic for residents that cannot afford health care. Members of the Toccoa Lions Club were instrumental in forming the Open Arms Clinic. All medical services done by the Open Arms Clinic are performed by medical professionals on a volunteer basis.
Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation
The final major program is support of the Georgia Lighthouse for the Blind. This organization provides vision & hearing services for residents of Georgia. The Georgia Lighthouse Foundation provides more complex eye & hearing care and is another source for help. They also allow the Toccoa Lions Club to purchase glasses at a deep discount, which allow the Toccoa Lions Club to help more residents. If you would like more information on the Georgia Lighthouse, please visit them at http://www.lionslighthouse.org/
The Chilly Open Golf Tournament
The Chilly Open Golf Tournament is one of several events that the Toccoa Lions Club uses to raise money for its community service activities. All money raised from the public go towards our community service activities. Administrative and overhead expenses must come from money paid by members for such items as member dues.
2011 - 2012 The Toccoa Lions Year In Review
During the course of the year, the Toccoa Lions Club lives out their ideals by providing services to the local community. These services range from providing eyeglasses to those who cannot afford them to sending visually challenged kids to camp.
This has been one of our most successful years serving the citizens of Toccoa Georgia. Our club is flourishing, Our projects are providing more assistance than ever before, and we have a great sense of accomplishmwnt as we move forward in our goal to make the world a better place one life at a time. This is a great time to join the Toccoa Lions Club!
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How The Lions Club Started
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle f Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
Videos Of The lions Club In Action
Welcome To The Toccoa Lions Club
We are currently celebrating 80 years of service to Toccoa! We enthusiastically invite you to join us as we extend our service to the community in the hopes of improving the lives of our fellow man.
New Officers Elected
These are the Toccoa Lions officers and directors installed at Gate Cottage on June 13th for the next Lions year.
Seated l-r: Malroy Allen, vice president; Shiela Rousey, director; Dr. Kay Royal, director and M. C. Stowe, parliamentarian. Standing l-r: Past District Director Dick Smith from Oconee Lions Club; Ray Cornell, immediate past president; Bryan Gordon, president; Steve Spruill, treasurer; Rev. Larry Earhart, Chaplin; James Black, lion tamer. Laying on the floor is Sheila Rousey's leader dog Grandt. Not pictured are Bill Graham, vice president; Margo Taylor, secretary; Russ Paxton, director; Micelle Jamieson, director; Kembra Landry, branch club president; Rev. Dr. Henry Fields, tail twister.
Lions Night at Turner Field
The Lions Little League team traveled to Atlanta Saturday, June 15th for Lions Night at Turner Field. The team had a guided tour of Turner Field and the Braves Hall of Fame Museum.
The boys were treated to a tailgate party put on by Lions clubs throughout Georgia. Then the boys marched in a pre-game parade.
The Lions set up service tables outside the stadium and provided information on the Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind and the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation. There were free vision screenings for the Braves fans.
The entire affair was a fund raiser for the benefit of Leader Dogs for the Blind a Lions operated charity.
You Can Now Donate To The Toccoa Lions Online
Thanks to you, the Toccoa Lions Club has provided for the needs of members of our community for many years. Each year the challenges become greater. We are ready to stand in the gap and with your generosity together we will better the lives of the people we encounter. Please consider donating to the Toccoa Lions Club.
Apply For Toccoa Lions Eye Glass Program
The Toccoa Lions Club is making it easier for you to apply for the Toccoa Lions Club Sight Conservation Eye Glass Program
If you are in need of eyeglasses, an eye exam, or a diabetes screening, and cannot afford these items, help is now at your fingertips.
Simply click the link below and you will have access to an application form.
The application form contains the qualification criteria and the procedures to submit the application form. If you still have questions after reading the application form you may send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms must be submitted in person, we cannot not take email or U.S. Postal mail submissions.
Your application will be reviewed and you will be advised of your status.
Announcing The Toccoa Lions Club Online Store!
The Toccoa Lions Club is excited to announce our new store. Our members, supporters and friends are now able to purchase tickets to events and fund raising items that help us better the lives of people in Toccoa from the convenience or their homes. You can visit the store by clicking the link on the main navigation bar above. More items will be added as the area is developed.
The Lions are proud of their legacy here in Toccoa. Since 1933 we have provided the gift of sight to many in our home town, and thanks to your help our legacy will continue!