Lions Clubs have been around for a long time. In 2017, Lions Club International will be 100 years strong.

Only twenty-one years later, our local chapter was formed.

History of the Maryville Lions Club

The Maryville Lions Club (#5107) was established on March 21 1938 by twenty-one prominent businessmen of Blount County. Their objective, which is still our objective today, was to provide aid to the underprivileged in an effort to improve quality of life. More than three-quarters of a century later, we continue this effort by addressing the needs of those who cannot afford it, with a focus on visual impairment and prevention of blindness.

Maryville Lions Club Today

Perhaps one of our most significant efforts is providing free eye sight screenings to daycares, preschools and kindergarten classes in the local area. It is estimated that about three percent of Tennessee’s 1.2 million children have some type of eye problem other than the need for glasses. Children who fall outside of normal vision parameters during Lions Club screenings are referred to Vanderbilt for evaluation by professionals there. Because of this coordinated effort, fewer children lose eyesight unnecessarily due to pediatric conditions such as amblyopia, retinopathy, etc. Of course, our Lions Club participates in many service projects which you can learn about here.

Maryville Lions are All Volunteers

Maryville Lions 2015
Our Lions Club members are all volunteers, made up of men and women of all ages who are passionate about identifying treatable eye sight issues as early as possible and preventing blindness. Every dollar we raise goes to district approved vision-related projects and related efforts. We have no paid positions or overhead costs.

Lions Club International Objectives

The Lions Club is an international organization with chapters all across the globe. As a larger international body our objectives are:

  • To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.
  • To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
  • To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest.