June 8, 2019

  • Bitterroot & Missoula Lions Clubs
  • Montana Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation
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Lions Clubs of the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys

The five Lions Clubs of the Bitterroot and Missoula Valleys plus the Seeley Lake Lions Club represent a tradition of more than 100 years of service to their communities. Through the efforts of local Lions working under the motto, “We serve,” the communities of East Missoula, Missoula, Lolo, Florence, Hamilton, and Seeley Lake have been served through a variety of projects, including sight and hearing screenings and support for corrective and preventive procedures, development of public parks, sponsorship of youth organizations, and many other projects large and small to benefit our neighbors.

We trace our roots to the founding of Lions Club International in 1916 in Chicago, Ill by Melvin Jones. At its 1925 International Convention, the Lions were challenged by Helen Keller to become “Knights of the Blind” – a challenge which the Lions Clubs have continued to pursue to this day, and which riders in the Bike For Sight become participants.

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The Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation

The Montana Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation supports every Lions Club in the state in their efforts to provide needed services to sight, hearing and/or speech impaired persons. Every year, the foundation provides direct monetary support through local Lions Clubs for people with a demonstrated need for sight and hearing exams, cataract surgeries, cochlear implants, detached retina procedures, and other corrective procedures. It also provides funds and access to new and refurbished medical devices, including eyeglasses, hearing aids, and service animals. Through the efforts of the Foundation and local clubs, more than 28,000 school-aged children received vision screenings to identify potential eyesight issues.

The Montana Sight and Hearing Foundation originated in 1980, and was designated as a 501(c)(3) charity in 1989.

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