Special Event - Friday September 16, 2016
DISINTEGRATION OF THE MIDDLE EAST:
Challenges and Dilemmas for U.S. Policy
Please join the Austin Founder Lions Club for a public conversation on international affairs focusing on the current situation in the Middle East in a broad, historical context. Following a presentation by Professor Eytan Gilboa, chair and academic director of the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum, audience members will participate in a conversation about the challenges in the Middle East and how those affect U.S. leadership and diplomacy. The public is invited to attend. More...
100 years of service profiled in the Statesman
In the August 4th, 2016 edition of the Austin American-Statesman was an article written by Michael Barnes, staff writer for the Statesman, which describes the 100 year history of the club and its service to the Austin community.
Austin Lions Visited Texas Lions Camp
Austin Founder Lions visited THE camp! That’s the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville on June 24 to experience a Friday night awards/graduation ceremony. Attendees report that it was a poignant experience which solidifies why you became a Lion.
Club’s Fund-Raising Event a Great Success!
The club’s popular Sporting Clay Shoot-Out was held on Friday, June 17 at Capitol City Trap and Skeet. Presented in partnership with the NFL Alumni – Austin Chapter, the event’s primary beneficiary is the Center for Child Protection for whom $10,000 was raised. For more information, contact Jim Overton at 512/627-8092 or via email to Jim Overton.
Lions Club Presents Sportsmanship Awards
On May 12, Austin Founder Lions Club recognized two Austin high school teams and their coaches. Sportsmanship Award trophies were presented to the Crockett High School Men’s Soccer Team which is coached by David Dupont and to the Travis High School girls’ basketball team coached by Holly Tarter. Lion Greg Harkrider presented the awards and introduced keynote speaker William Graham, a former Longhorn defense and six-season starter for the Detroit Lions. more...
Texas Lions Camp Featured on TV
Time Warner Cable News’ Stephanie Manisero’s story on the Texas Lions Camp is available online
. The piece profiles Analysia Huerta, a 15-year-old camper sponsored by Lion Tommy Cowan from the Austin Founder Lions Club. Analysia has attended two camp sessions for children with Type 1 diabetes. In the piece, her mother, Maria Madrigal, talks about the positive changes she has seen as a result of the camp. AFLC Past President Rudy Munguia is quoted in the printed version of the story. Spread the word about the great work of Texas Lions Camp
– and join AFLC for the June 24 bus trip to attend a Friday night awards/ graduation ceremony.
Eyeglasses RecyclingWant 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.
Still, millions of people in developing nations are pushed deeper into poverty simply because they don't have glasses. They can't learn, because reading is difficult. They can't work to the best of their ability, because they can't see clearly.
It costs Lions less than US$0.08 to provide a pair of recycled eyeglasses and change someone's life. For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life. For adults, it means greater employment opportunity and economic strength. For seniors it means less dependence on others. Lions clubs collect millions of eyeglasses each year, making eyeglass recycling one of our most popular activities. Will you help us in our mission to give sight to the world? Donate your used glasses today!
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 Road.
Please see the calendar for more information and to register to attend our next meeting.
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.