Austin Founder Lions Club

Registration  Open for Sporting Clay Shoot-Out

There is still time to register for the 9th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot-Out on June 7.  Sponsors, choose your sponsorship level now to maximize the benefits you receive.


The Sponsorship Flyer and Registration Form now is available. Both cash and in-kind sponsorships are available, and benefits are commensurate with the financial contribution. Our promotional activities and on-site visibility give your company maximum exposure at the event and beyond on the AFLC website.


The NFL Alumni – Austin Chapter is supporting the Shoot-Out again this year. As Lions Clubs International has added a focus on diabetes, the beneficiary for 2019 is the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – Austin Chapter. In addition to educating local parents and caregivers of Type 1 diabetic children, JDRF – Austin Chapter helps recruit campers for Texas Lions Camp.

Help our organizations make 2019 the most successful Shoot-Out ever!

Texas Lions Camp Registration Open for
Texas Children with Special Medical Needs

Through May, the Texas Lions Camp is accepting applications from children with special medical needs for week-long sessions during the summer of 2019. The 515-acre facility in Kerrville serves primarily physically disabled, vision/hearing impaired and diabetic children from across Texas. The camp is provided free-of-charge to parents/children by the Lions of Texas and their friends. Watch this video.

Texas Lions Camp offers five sessions for children with physical disabilities, one session each for children with Down syndrome, cancer, epilepsy and burns, and two sessions for children with Type 1 diabetes. Camp sessions begin on a Sunday and conclude with an awards program on Friday evenings. The complete summer 2019 schedule, which kicks off June 2, is available online at In general, children with qualifying disabilities between the ages of seven to 16 are served, but vary depending on the focus of the specific camp session.

Applications should be made online. Parents should complete the appropriate application for their child’s medical condition. Each application requires medical information to be completed by the potential camper’s physician. In addition, each applicant must have a Lion sponsor. For help obtaining a Lion sponsor, please contact Austin Founder Lions Club at or 512-441-1555.

 Lions Support Local Schools

On December 6,  members of the Austin Founder Lions Club met at the Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy.  The club presented a $500 check to school principal Sterlin McGruder. Then Mrs. Gus Garcia gave a matching check from she and Gus. Gus is a long-time member of our club, and one of several members for whom AISD schools are named

As students at Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy look on, Austin Founder Lions Club member/Austin Independent School District Board Member Ann Teich and Club President Scott Hendrix present a $500 check to Sterlin McGruder, school principal, while Mrs. Gus Garcia looks on. The school is named for long-time AFLC member Gus Garcia, and the club honors one of the schools named for its members annually.

Mobile App for Austin Founder Lions Club Members

Austin Founder Lions Club now provides a mobile app to help members more easily stay in touch with club activities and their fellow club members. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices. It is provided by Wild Apricot.

Using this app, you can:
  • See a list of upcoming events and register for them.
  • View the details of events you've signed up for.
  • Find other members of the club and contact them.
  • Update your personal profile.


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!

Would You Like to Serve YOUR Community?
Join us!

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 Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 1100 W. 45th Street.

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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