Would You Like to Serve YOUR Community?
Come get to know the Lions and join us for a delicious catered lunch, an interesting program and wonderful fellowship for an hour every Thursday at 11:45 at the High Road, 700 Dawson Street.
Registration is required for a meal by Tuesday 5 p.m. If no meal is required, you are welcome to join us without registering. Please see the calendar for more information and to register to attend our next meeting.
Want to help us give sight to the world? Find local eye glass recycling drop-off locations here: CLICK HERE
According to The World Health Organization, 153 million people have uncorrected refractive errors (near-sightedness, far-sightedness or astigmatism). Most of these vision impairments are quickly diagnosed and easy to treat with corrective lenses.
“Lions Promote Awareness of Domestic Violence"
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Julia Spann, MSW, Executive Director of SafePlace, spoke to us on October 2nd.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first “Day of Unity” observed in October, 1981 by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, intended to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children.
One in four American women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. One of every three women homicide victims is murdered by her current or former partner. On average, 24 people each minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States-- more than 12 million women and men a year.
These statistics don’t include “collateral damage.” The FBI reports that 30% of all assaults on police officers occur during domestic violence situations. First responders, relatives and innocent bystanders are also often killed or injured. For example, just this summer a gunman killed six people in Spring, Texas, when they wouldn’t reveal his ex-wife’s whereabouts.
Every year, more than three million children witness domestic violence in their homes. Without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults, and boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults -- continuing the cycle of violence into the next generation.
Domestic violence doesn’t respect ZIP codes, ethnicity, or social or economic class. It’s a huge, destructive problem we simply cannot ignore.
SafePlace serves Austin/Travis County with an annual budget of some nine million dollars and almost 200 staff members. The mission of SafePlace is to end rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence with programs and services that help create safety, healing, and prevention. Some SafePlace programs and services include: emergency shelter, community education, disability services, school-based services and transitional housing.
Kid Sight Vision Screening
Aug. 16th Kid Sight Vision Screening at Oak Hill Youth Sports Association Fall registration.
Some of the Lions who set up, screened and/or closed up after screening 598 kids on Friday the 8th of August in Round Rock. 101 Referrals for Vision Testing.
A History of Quality and Service
Established in Austin Texas in 1916, our club has been known as the Austin Lions Club, the Lions Club of Austin, and the Downtown Lions Club. In 1976, the name was formally changed to the Founder Lions Club of Austin. We are now known as the Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club and the history of the Austin Downtown Founder Lions Club is a long one of quality and service.
Past and present members include many of the most prominent names in both Austin and Texas' history - U.S. Congressman J.J. "Jake" Pickle, Austin mayor Gus Garcia, both Willie Kocurek and his son Neal Kocurek, and more - all dedicated to the service of humanity through the spirit of Lionism and its many community outreach programs.
We admit we are a bit proud of our status as the "world's oldest continuously operating Lions Club", but, we like to think that our efforts in community service are typical of Lions Clubs the world over. It's a story of garage sales, golf tournaments, rose sales and other kinds of fund raisers. It's a story of answering the needs of the community and of disadvantaged groups and individuals, through efforts such as our Eyeglasses Recycling program, support of the Texas Lions Camp, eyeglasses for students and other projects. And it's a story of building and working with other Lions Clubs to promote teamwork in service.
We are perhaps most proud, however, to be a part of Lions Clubs International, which provides the opportunity to support nonpartisan service activities that are worldwide in scope. Through Lions International we can help fight blindness and other social problems around the world while promoting international understanding, and that's what makes our association so special. The club participates in projects with other clubs in surrounding counties known as Lions District 2-S3.