Austin Founder Lions Club

Thanks for Making Someone's Day Special

On Thursday October 19, Austin Founder Lions Club members hand-delivered beautiful long-stemmed red roses packaged in attractive florist boxes- along with your personalized message to individuals in Austin and the immediate area. The funds raised from this endeavor will be used to further the work of the Austin Founder Lions Club including KidSight Vision Screening and support of the Texas Lions Camp for disabled children among other activities.  Thank you!

Sporting Clay Shoot-Out Raises Record Amount

On June 9 at Capital City Trap & Skeet, the Austin Founder Lions Club hosted the club’s seventh annual Sporting Clay Shoot-Out  The 25 participating Teams, Event and Station Sponsors and additional event raffles contributed to the financial success. “We increased our net revenue thanks to the continued support by both past and new sponsors and generous participants,” said Jim Overton, AFLC President and Event Chairman. “As a result of our event supporters, we are pleased to donate $10,000 to our primary beneficiary of the event, the Center for Child Protection” he added.. More...

AFLC Honors Two High Schools With Sportsmanship Awards

On May 11, Austin Founder Lions Club presented Sportsmanship Award trophies to the Akins High School boys’ Baseball Team which is coached by Gene Salazar and to the Anderson High School girls’ basketball team coached by Katrina Hall. Greg Harkrider, chairman of the club’s Sportsmanship Awards Committee presented the trophies and checks to the coaches and team representatives. Gaylord Armstrong, a club member and former national champion baseball player, was the keynote speaker, and he shared his insights about the importance of good sportsmanship.

"For more than 70 years, the Austin Founders Lions Club annually has recognized local high school boys’ and girls’ athletic teams for their good sportsmanship," said Jim Overton, club president. “Club members believe teaching good sportsmanship is an important component of team sports. Our awards are intended to encourage good sportsmanship and recognize those teams and their fans who demonstrate it consistently throughout the year,” he added.

Only team sports are considered for the awards. For boys, the sports considered are football, basketball, baseball and soccer. For girls, volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer are considered. One boys and one girls team from among the four sports is honored, and recipients are selected only from Austin Independent School District schools.

“The club asks various officials (referees, umpires, etc.) to vote on which teams demonstrate the best sportsmanship based on the behavior of players, coaches and fans,” Harkrider explained. “Each official picks the top three teams in the sport that he/she officiates during the year. A point/percentage system is used to compare the teams fairly,” he added.

“The Akins baseball team was on every single ballot cast by the baseball umpires,” Harkrider said. He added that “this marks the fourth year that Coach Hall’s basketball teams have been recognized with the club’s sportsmanship award.

“These school teams have coaches who teach good sportsmanship and hold players and fans accountable to maintain these standards,” Overton said. “We are pleased to recognize the coaches, players and fans of these teams, and appreciate the model they set for others.”

Texas Lions Camp Work Day


The Austin Downtown Lions Club enjoyed a very successful Work Day at the Texas Lions Camp on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Our group of 37 Lions helped trim bushes, prune branches, and do general clean-up work around the camp's swimming pool. The appearance of the area was noticeably improved and made more appealing for the youth scheduled to arrive for their summer camp in June, July, and August. Everyone who made the trip to Kerrville deserves a hearty pat on the back for a job well done. Special thanks goes to Craig Estes for providing supervision on site, and to Patti Robinson and her Leos for both their excellent work and for presenting a $500.00 check to the TLC. Thanks to the following individuals for their 'We Serve' attitude: Rudy MunguĂ­a, Craig Estes, Glenda Summers, Robert Watson, Sam Ruiz, Tommy Cowan, Bonnie Glasgow, Patti Robinson Lucas Parker, Irene and Kurt Krill, Greg & Veryon Thompson, Beverly Weeks, George Bocanegra, Bill Martin, Jim Overton, JP Kirksey. Also thanks to the following UT Lions, TSBVI staff and volunteers, and Leos: Diana Torres, Sandra Baldwin, Ellen Grimmett, Kodie Nagy-Montgomery, Will Williams, Earl Washington, Mike Curtis, Elyse Guilstorf, Erica Parks, Jay Washington, Andrew Walker, Kimberly Berry, Nancy Cespedes, Idalia Garcia, Ashley Pryor, Mya Gipson. Apologies for omitting anyone's name who attended.

Club Supports Local Schools

At the December 1, 2016 weekly luncheon of the Austin Founder Lions Club, the club recognized six local schools which are named after members of the club. Representatives of each of the schools were in attendance and they were presented with a check for $500 for each school. They also received a document with details about the Lions members that the schools are named after intended for posting at the school so that every student there can have a better appreciation of how the school got its name.

Austin Founder Lions Club President Jim Overton, back, is pictured with representatives of Austin Independent School District facilities named in honor of AFDC Lions. Those who received the $500 award per school were, left to right, Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy Principal Sterlin McGruder; Boone Elementary Principal Alan Stevens; Widen Elementary Principal Kim Royal; Cowan Elementary Assistant Principal Rebecca Phillips and student Noah Villareal; Pickle Elementary Principal Lauro Davalos; and Kocurek Elementary School Counselor Angela Vera.

Eyeglasses Recycling

Lions International logoWant 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!

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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

Donations, philanthropy, civic dutyEstablished 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.

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Making a Difference Through Community Service - We Serve.

These are some of the organizations we are proud to support through the donations raised by our community efforts:

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World Services for the Blind
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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