About Uxbridge Lions
The Uxbridge and District Lions Club was chartered in April 1974 and is part of the world-wide Lions Clubs international. We will be celebrating 50 years of service in our community in 2024.
Our club is made of dedicated men and women who meet regularly to spend time to work on projects that help members of our community, our region, our province, our country and around the world. We welcome both men and women to join. Being a member of our club is a great opportunity to make a difference in our community.
About Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International was established in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois by a gentleman named Melvin Jones. The headquarters is currently in Oak Brook, Illinois. Mr. Jones believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. For a concise history of Lions Clubs International, click here.
There are currently 50,000 clubs world-wide with 1.4 million Lions Club members in over 200 countries. This makes Lions Clubs International the largest volunteer organization in the world. In 1945, Lions Clubs International was invited by the United Nations to draft the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, California and has supported the work of the United Nations ever since then.
The objective of each Lions Club is to serve the community - neighbour helping neighbour. It did not take long before this simple, yet broad ideal spread throughout the world.
The first Lions Club in Canada was chartered in Windsor, Ontario in 1920 and clubs across Canada have chartered since then. Currently there are 1,390 clubs with over 33,000 club members in Canada.
Lions International Clubs Causes
Lions Clubs International focuses on 5 different causes world-wide:
From July 2021 to the end of June 2022, nearly half a billion people were served in all projects in these causes. Lions Clubs throughout the world work on various projects involving those causes. This means that over 1.4 million Lions Club members work on projects that focus on these global areas of need.
Uxbridge & District Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International serving our community and working with other clubs to make a difference in communities around the world.
Uxbridge Lions Clubs Causes
Much of the focus of Lions Clubs International work as a service club organization is to raise money for worthy causes. All funds raised by Lions Clubs from the general public are used for charitable purposes, and administrative costs are kept strictly separate and paid for by members. In Uxbridge, the money raised for a club's charity account goes toward projects that benefit local non-profit and charitable organizations.
Our Uxbridge & District Lions Club provides services and support in our community as follows:
Diabetes: Uxbridge & District Lions Club supports D Camps, Camp Huronda in particular by annual donation from fundraising.
Environment: Uxbridge & District Lions Club participates in the spring and fall clean-ups of Toronto Street from Sixth Concession to Tim Horton's store with Adopt-a-Road.
Vision: Uxbridge & District Lions Club collects used eye glasses, vision and hearing devices and does free Vision Screening in local elementary schools.
Hunger: Uxbridge & District Lions Club supports Loaves & Fishes Food Bank by annual donation through fundraising and has its Christmas Baskets Project to gift needy local families with a healthy Christmas meal, as well as gifts.
Currently we are working on a universal accessible playground to provide a safe and fun features for all ages and abilities. This accessible playground will be the first of its kind in the Uxbridge area. Our club has been honoured to receive an accessibility award from Durham Region because of this project.