Started in 1959 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, we have concentrated on the challenge Helen Keller gave to Lions International conventions in 1925 — to concern ourselves with the plight of the blind and to help the sight of those in need. The main emphasis of our club’s service is sight conservation. (Click here to read Ms. Keller’s inspiring speech. )
Our club has served the area east of Central Avenue to 36th Street and north of the Salt River to Osborn Road for over 50 years. We have found there is a continuing large requirement for eye exams and eyeglasses in this 10-school population. In the past 10 years, we have provided eye exams and eyeglasses, ranging from single vision lenses to specially ground lenses, to over 1900 needy students.
We raise funds for our good works by selling food and drink at valley events and hosting a bike ride every year in the fall, usually October. Rides are 50 miles for those in shape, with shorter fun rides for everyone else. Included are massage therapists, rest stops with refreshments, T-shirts, and food at ride’s end. Please come and join in the fun. (Click here for more info.)
On the international level, we support the Lions Eye Bank. On the local level, after the school requirements are met, and funds permitting, we make donations to: Leader Dog Students — dog harnesses and travel expenses; Camp Tatiyee — a Lions summer camp for people with sight and other disabilities; and Sun Sounds — special radios given to the blind so they can listen to readings of books, newspaper and magazines.
Providing students with the ability to see clearly in the classroom leads to better grades and an increased appreciation for education. We are helping these young citizens along the road to a good life with clear vision and a clear knowledge that people helping people is part of what contributes to being a good citizen and the making of a wonderful United States of America.
The Phoenix Breakfast Lions Club is a § 501(c)4 non-profit civic organization, financed through funds raised from members of the public, and operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare. However, we are not a “charitable organization” as defined by the IRS § 501(c)3 and donations made to our club are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.