The Tellico Village Lions Club was chartered on November 22, 1999 by Lions Clubs international. In 1999, then Past District Governor, Bill Watkins (now Past International Director) from the Loudon Lions Club was a Guiding Lion and served to nurture the new Tellico Village Lions Club during its infancy. Many of the original 27 Tellico Village Lions Club members, Charter Members, remain active in Lionism today, while several have passed on. The original President (King Lion) was Lion Joe Klint followed by Lion Jerry Pridemore who served several terms as President.
To better understand our club, it’s community service projects and community outreach initiatives, please click on the Lions logo below and enjoy a video produced by Tellico Village Broadcasting.
We recently celebrated our 15th Anniversary. To view pictures of this celebration click on the photo of our charter above.
To see photos depicting our first 15 years click on the photo below.
Today the club numbers 55 members with membership having been as high as 67 in the recent past.
The Tellico Village Lions meet the 1st Tuesday of each month at 9:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village and the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Tellico Village.
Lions International’s History and Mission
For more information on Lions Club International’s History and Mission refer to their website: http://www.lionsclubs.org or view some videos by clicking on each of the Lions logos below:
Saving Sight for Millions Worldwide
For nearly 100 years, our members have worked to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Lions volunteer to take part in sight projects that are:
• Saving the sight of more than 14 million children by providing eye screenings, glasses, and other treatments through Sight for Kids.
• Preventing serious vision loss for more than 30 million people worldwide.
• Providing more than 7 million cataract surgeries.
• Establishing or strengthening pediatric eye care centers that have helped more than 120 million children.
• Distributing more than 147 million treatments for river blindness.
• Vaccinating 41 million children in Africa against measles – a leading cause of childhood blindness.
• Improving eye care for 100 million people by training more than 650,000 eye care professionals and building 315 eye hospitals.
• Helping halt the spread of trachoma in Ethiopia by providing 10 million doses of the sight-saving drug azithromycin.
Since 1990, Lions have donated more than $350 million to help provide vision for all.