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To CREATE AND FOSTER a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation." To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world. To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship. To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members. To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
In 1964, a group of service minded men organized the Orland Park Lions Club. After 40 years, the Orland Park Lions Club now has a membership of over 50 men and women. The Orland Park Lions Club is one of 44,000 Lions Clubs in the world. Like all Lions Clubs the Orland Park Lions Club is an autonomous organization that primarily services the needs of the people within the community. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be "Knights of the Blind in a crusade against darkness". With that challenge the Lions adopted their main area of service toward sight related issues. In Orland Park the Lions concentrate on sight related needs by arranging eye exams and providing corrective lenses for those in need. The Lions have also provided adaptive equipment including reading magnifiers, talking clocks, news broadcast radios, white canes and leader dogs for individuals affected with a sight related condition. The Orland Park Lions expand their service beyond sight related issues. The Lions annually entertain over 1600 physically and mentally challenged individuals by providing a day of fun and food during the Orland Days festivities. The Lions have provided wheel chairs and assisted living equipment to those experiencing physical limitations. The Lions have through hands on effort built a ramp for an Orland Park resident, allowing that person to get in and out of his home with ease. The Orland Park Lions provide scholarships to support college education for the young adults with a significant lifelong disability in the community. The Orland Park Lions take an active role in supporting the D.A.R.E. program to assure the youth of today will be responsible citizens of the future. The Orland Park Lions have served for 40 years and will continue to serve the community of Orland Park for many years to come.
- Eric Steckhan
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