Welcome to The Keene, NH Lions Club
Chartered in 1937, the Keene Lions Club has been serving the needs of the less fortunate in the Monadnock Region for 80 years. With an average annual membership of more than 90 members, we are currently the second largest Lions Club in New Hampshire, and the second largest in New England.
Members of the Keene Lions Club come from all walks of life and represent the majority of businesses and occupations in the Keene area. We represent a broad range of ages and interests. Our common bond is the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the community in the fraternity of like-minded men and women.
Our volunteers serve their communities and communities around the world with unmatched integrity and enthusiasm. That is why, wherever a Lions Club gets together, problems get smaller and communities get better!
We are a part of Lions Club International which is a large family with 1.35 million members in 45,000 clubs in oer 200 countries and geographic areas, making it the world's largest volunteer service organization!
Our Logo, although it has been modified and modernized in recent years, the basic design dates back to the earliest days of the association. It consists of a gold "L" on a blue field surrounded by a gold circle. On either side of the circle is the profile of a Lion's head, one looking back upon a proud past and the other looking optimistically toward the future.
The Keene Lions Club has adopted Eyesight preservation as the primary focus of our charitable giving. Although the club supports many charities and assists community organizations in many ways, Eyesight receives most of the club's effort and resources.
Eyesight assistance takes many forms from cataract surgery for the elderly to eyeglasses for youngsters whose families cannot afford the prescription glasses themselves. The club regularly purchases expensive reading aides that help people with limited vision continue to function and lead active, productive lives.
The less privileged are referred to the club by social service organizations and physicians. Many times they contact the Lions Club on their own behalf. Each request is carefully considered,and if approved, funds are quietly made available directly to the recipient's physician or health care organization.
In addition to eyesight causes, the Keene Lions have been responsible for spearheading community projects. New lighting, for example, at Keene High School's Alumni Field, Ashuelot River Park and The Keene Skate Park came about through the Keene Lion's efforts.
Today the entire community benefits. Likewise, the club was responsible for the installation of swimming pools at both Robin Hood Park and Wheelock Park and playground equipment at the Keene Recreation Center. And in 2015, the Lions Pavilion was constructed at the Keene Recreation Center and donated to the City of Keene.
The club takes responsibility for a stretch of highway leading into the city, and schedules regular clean-up days. The Keene Lions Club also collects used eyeglasses and recycles them into service for the needy. Keene Lions have also helped to provide defribulators and defribulator training devices to area rescue units and the local chapter of the American Red Cross. Lion's funds also go to support underprivileged children through scholarships for area youth to attend summer camps.
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