• Bonita Springs Lions Club

    Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world's largest service club organization.We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities.

  • Since 1962

    The Bonita Springs Lions Club has consistently supported charitable needs in our community, state and worldwide.The Bonita Springs Lions Club has funded these needs in excess of $275,000 per year for the past ten years and has topped $300,000 several times.

  • Model Club

    We received special recognition as the number one club in the world for our financial support for the Sight First II project.We have been honored as a "Model Club" and humbly accept the recognition and responsibility that accompanies this special acknowledgement.

  • Charitable Eye Clinic

    Due to the Clinic's overwhelming success, it was decided to expand the Clinic, adding the ability to provide certain surgical services that will further serve the community. .

  • Wednesday Market

    Our Wednesday Morning Fresh Grown Market
    Fresh produce, Breads, Fruits, Fish, and Flowers and MORE
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  • Thrift Store

    We offer new and used items from clothes to electronics, books to furniture, and everything in-between.
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  • Pancake Breakfast

    Please join us for our famous Pancake Breakfast !Every Saturday 7:30 am until 10:30 am
    (Every Saturday Jan thru March 31)
    For only a $6 donation
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  • Florida Lions Eye Clinc

    The Club has been a leader in funding eye care in Lee County and surrounding areas, and the Clinic is an important expansion to its mission
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Hellen Keller

Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA, in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf.

HelenKellersmWith the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Helen Keller learned sign language and braille. A few years later, she learned to speak. As an adult she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

The Lions accepted her challenge and our work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.


Helen Keller Day

In 1971, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International declared that June 1 would be remembered as Helen Keller Day. Lions around the world implement sight-related service projects on Helen Keller Day.

Helen Keller's Speech at 1925 International Convention
Cedar Point, Ohio, USA June 30, 1925

   Dear Lions and Ladies:

I suppose you have heard the legend that represents opportunity as a capricious lady, who knocks at every door but once, and if the door isn't opened quickly, she passes on, never to return. And that is as it should be. Lovely, desirable ladies won't wait. You have to go out and grab 'em.

I am your opportunity. I am knocking at your door. I want to be adopted. The legend doesn't say what you are to do when several beautiful opportunities present themselves at the same door. I guess you have to choose the one you love best. I hope you will adopt me. I am the youngest here, and what I offer you is full of splendid opportunities for service.

The American Foundation for the Blind is only four years old. It grew out of the imperative needs of the blind, and was called into existence by the sightless themselves. It is national and international in scope and in importance. It represents the best and most enlightened thought on our subject that has been reached so far. Its object is to make the lives of the blind more worthwhile everywhere by increasing their economic value and giving them the joy of normal activity.

Try to imagine how you would feel if you were suddenly stricken blind today. Picture yourself stumbling and groping at noonday as in the night; your work, your independence, gone. In that dark world wouldn't you be glad if a friend took you by the hand and said, "Come with me and I will teach you how to do some of the things you used to do when you could see?" That is just the kind of friend the American Foundation is going to be to all the blind in this country if seeing people will give it the support it must have.

You have heard how through a little word dropped from the fingers of another, a ray of light from another soul touched the darkness of my mind and I found myself, found the world, found God. It is because my teacher learned about me and broke through the dark, silent imprisonment which held me that I am able to work for myself and for others. It is the caring we want more than money. The gift without the sympathy and interest of the giver is empty. If you care, if we can make the people of this great country care, the blind will indeed triumph over blindness.

The opportunity I bring to you, Lions, is this: To foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lions, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves Knights of the Blind in this crusade against darkness?

I thank you.   

- Helen Keller -

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Ready to Help, Worldwide Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. The World's Largest Service Club Organization Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world's largest service club organization. We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

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A Project of the Southwest Florida Lions Clubs

The Lions Clubs provide a FREE vision and hearing screening program for pre-school children ages 3 and 4 years of age intended to identify early signs of Amblyopia, "lazy eye"; including asymmetric refractive errors, Astigmatism “blurred vision from distortion of the cornea”; Hyperopia, “farsightedness”; Myopia, “nearsightedness”; and Strabismus “crossed eyes”.

Our Impact

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve. Our volunteer projects unite Lions around the world. And our work is unconditional.
We aren't limited by continents or restricted to certain causes. Lions help wherever, whenever and however we can.