Why Don’t You Become a Lion?
f you would you like to be a part of this dynamic and effective international organization, you’ll discover it’s a great chance to network, gain leadership skills, become further connected to the community, and help those in need. You’ll be surprised by the new friendships you make and the knowledge you gain. To find out how to contact the Lions Club nearest you, contact Cass Cara at the Lions California District Headquarters at 800-546-6634, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. In Sunland-Tujunga, contact Lion Marynance Schellenbach at 818-353-4554. Let “We Serve” be your motto also.
Serving the Community for over 60 Years
The Lions Club of Sunland-Tujunga, chartered in 1949, is a part of Lions Clubs International, a 1.3 million member group dedicated to service at home and around the world. The support of the Southern California community for the Annual Watermelon Festival makes it possible for the Lions Club to live up to the Lions motto, “We Serve,” as they reach out in many ways to be of help when and where they are needed.
The Lions Club is a non-profit 501c4 organization; the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Foundation is a 501c3 charitable foundation.
The Watermelon Festival
The Watermelon Festival of the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club has provided a weekend of fun every summer for fifty-two years. It is one of the oldest non-profit festivals in California. The festival not only provides summer fun, it acts as the primary fundraiser for the S-T Lions Club. ALL net profits raised from the Festival are used for the clubs service and philanthropic work.
Our Community Services
Vision and Health
In 1999, the S-T Lions spearheaded the drive to open the Lions Optometric Vision Clinic at MEND, a poverty center in Pacoima, with funds from area Lions Clubs, the Anonymous Foundation, and LCIF. When MEND outgrew its facility on Van Nuys Blvd. and built a much larger Center on San Fernando Road in 2007, Lions helped design the space for a new larger Vision Clinic and led the drive to raise money to equip it. Club funds also go to Guide Dogs of America in Sylmar and the Guide Dogs of the Desert, the Foundation for the Jr. Blind, Canine Companions for Independence for the disabled, City of Hope, Foundation for the Junior Blind, the Lions Eyemobile, The Lions Hearing Foundation, Southern California Lions Eye Institute, Tierra del Sol, and the Lions Camp Teresita Pines in Wrightwood where a special camping experience is provided for deaf children every summer.
Children and Youth
The Lions are concerned with the needs of our children and youth, giving financial support to local scout groups, the YMCA, Blue Shadows Equestrian Drill team, the New Heaven on Earth Ranch Foundation, Boys Republic, the California Theatrical Youth Ballet and Valley View Vaulters. Money is budgeted to help deserving students with scholarships, camperships and funds, helping them travel to UpClose Washington DC, or to state or national competitions. Lions sponsor the Sunland Park Easter Egg Hunt and help out with Halloween at the Park.
The International Peace Poster Contest for middle school students is sponsored by the Lions in the fall, and the Student Speakers Contest for high school students is a winter project. At Christmas the Lions sponsor Liberty Day and the Lions Fishing Trip for Blind Kids each summer was begun by the local club. Major support is given to students wishing to travel abroad in the summer as part of the Lions Youth Exchange Program, and Lion families host YEPers visiting California.
Community Needs and Involvement
Money is set aside in every budget to respond to emergency needs in the community, the S-T Temporary Aid Center, and MEND. Families receive food baskets each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club is a member of the Sunland-Tujunga Coordinating Council and the Chamber of Commerce, helps underwrite the C of C’s annual Fireworks Show, and participates in the Fourth of July Parade and the S-T Neighborhood Council. McGroarty Art Center receives financial support from the club.
Lions collect pull-tabs from soda cans for Ronald McDonald House and labels from Campbell Soup cans for Lions Camp Teresita Pines; small toiletry items from hotels and used suitcases, duffel, sport and tote bags for Kases for Kids; used stamps and greeting cards are given to Our Lady of Lourdes School for its stamp club and art program; and used plastic and paper shopping bags are saved for the S-T Temporary Aid Center.
The Lions Challenge – Be the Knights of the Blind
In 1926, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be “Knights of the Blind”. Since that time, Lions have worked tirelessly to eradicate preventable blindness and improve vision for people in all countries. The Sunland-Tujunga Lions invest in the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) which provides grants to clubs throughout the world to help with their local projects, funds Lions In Sight to provide recycled eyeglasses through Lions clinics in Third World countries; operates Lions SightFirst, providing cataract surgeries, treating river blindness and trachoma, building eye clinics and training medical personnel in eye surgery and eye disease treatment in the Third World; and is often first on the scene when there is a disaster, working through local Lions Clubs to meet the immediate needs of the community.
Reaching Out to the World
- By contributing to the Lions Clubs International Foundation, grant money is provided world-wide for Lions Clubs projects, research and activities to eradicate preventable blindness and promote sight conservation. LCIF also provides immediate emergency aid when disaster strikes
- LCIF was ranked the number one non-governmental organization (NGO) in the world in a study by the Financial Times
- LCIF was fifth in the world in monetary donations for tsunami relief, and was first on site with help at the Twin Towers on 9-11
- LCIF provided grant money for the Lions Vision Clinic at MEND sponsored by the Sunland-Tujunga Lions
- LCIF has contributed substantial sums of money to the Lions Camp at Teresita Pines to make the premises handicapped accessible, to repair and restore old buildings, and to build new facilities, making it one of the premier camps in the San Gabriel Mountains
- LCIF grants are available to all local Lions Clubs to help with major projects in their communities
- The Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club received a $10,000 grant from LCIF to help the families who lost their homes in the Station Fire in September, 2009
The Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club is a 501(c)4 non-profit, tax exempt organization.
The members of the Sunland-Tujunga Lions Club and the 1,300,000 Lions around the world live their motto: WE SERVE