Welcome to Taos Lions Club

 

Serving Taos County since 1927

 

 

Vision Statement: To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

 

Mission Statement: To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. 

 

For 90 years, the Taos Lions Club has followed the intention of the Lions Club International: we service our community. We achieve this through various programs and community events held throughout the year. Our membership is actively involved in helping to make Taos and Taos County better places to live.

 

KIDSIGHT PROGRAM: Responding to a call from Helen Keller, to be Knights of the Blind, the Taos Lions Club has always been interested in improving childrens sight, started the KidSight Program in 2007. Using up-to-date technology, the Taos Lions Club seeks to screen the eyes of every Taos County child between Pre-K and third grade to catch, as early as possible, any vision impairments or disorders. 

In the Fall of 2017,  Lions Club volunteers,travelled 1,200 miles, and spent 279 hours to screen 1,700 students at 24 Taos County schools. Of the 1,700 students who were screened, 315 students were referred for additional testing.

 

SCOUTING: 

The Taos Lions Club has sponsored Taos County Boy Scout Troops and Cub Packs for over 60 years. Cub Pack 98, which is for boys ages 7-10 or first through fifth graders,and Scout Troop 98, which is for boys ages 10-18. For information contact Lion Doug Palmer at: dougpalmer1945@gmail.comNewly sponsored by Taos Lions, Girl Scouts: Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors (grades K-12) meet twice a month.

 

TIO VIVO: 

Every year since 1939 our Tio Vivo has been available, on special occasions, to the children of the Taos area.  While the Taos Lions are the stewards of this unique and priceless merry-go-round, it is dedicated to the children of Taos during those very special times when it is in operation.  Generations of kids have enjoyed riding  our “Tio Vivo”.  

 

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: In 2017 we have provided scholarships for up to 4 years, for 9 deserving Taos High School graduates, giving them the opportunity to attend the college or technical training institution of their choice. These programs provide certification in the areas of nursing, commercial driving licenses, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Certified Nurse Assistants. The goal is to provide training that allows local high school graduates to enter the workforce or as a platform to seek higher Associate or Bachelor degrees.

 

Annual Christmas Stocking Project: In 2017 we will again sponsor the annual Christmas Stocking project for around 300 deserving Taos area children. 

 

ADULT VISION: We serve needy adults who need financial assistance for eye exams and/or glasses through the coordinated efforts of Dr.Compton,OD, Dr.Ratzlaff, OD, social services and area churches.

Did you know that the Taos Lions Club collects eyeglasses for individuals in need?

Collection boxes can be found at these locations in town: Walmart, Walgreens, Real Eyes, Eye Associates, Super Save, Vision Source, Ancianos Senior Center, Elevation’s Coffee Shop, and Kit Carson Electric Main Office

 

Interested in becoming a member?

We welcome anyone who is interested in making a difference and passionate about community service to join the Taos Lions Club. We are a dynamic and growing club, currently 47 members strong, which makes us one of the largest and most active service clubs in the Taos area. Our members are as diverse as you can imagine, with each member contributing their unique experiences and talents to our clubs success.

 

To become a member, download the Membership Application by following this link and send it to Andy Johnson at alfordjohnson@taosnet.com, click here. 

 

Our membership is proud of the contributions we have made to the Taos community over the last 90 years, and continue to make on a daily basis. As a member of the Taos Lions Club, you will have many opportunities to impact the lives of your friends and neighbors in a beneficial way. You can expect to develop close personal relationships with our current members. In many ways, we are more than just a service club, we are a family. Our clubs dues are affordable, and we have no rigid attendance requirement; we simply ask that you contribute your time and talents whenever possible. We are confident that once you experience the joy of helping others, you will become an active and proud Lion! We encourage you to explore our website to find out what being a Lion is all about, and if you like what you see, contact our Membership Director, Andy Johnson at alfordjohnson@taosnet.com

 

To view the Lions Constitution and Bylaws, click here.