Our History

Founded in 1919 as the Downtown Grand Rapids Lions Club, our members have established an unprecedented track record of service to the Grand Rapids community which now extends almost a century. While many of our efforts and programs have centered on support for the visually impaired, we’ve also worked hard over the years to provide needed assistance to many other organizations and individuals.

Global Partnership

As part of Lions International, we’re connected to 46,000 worldwide clubs with 1.4+ million members which makes us the world's largest service club organization … and one of its most effective. Our members are known for their willingness to step up and provide whatever is needed in support of their local communities, whether it’s children who need eyeglasses, adults in need of adaptive devices, or entire communities in need of disaster relief assistance.