What our club does!
The Dublin Lions have a long history of serving the needs of Pulaski County, Virginia and around the globe. We do various services projects, fundraisers or direct services to the individuals in our community. We are active with Daily Bread, Red Cross Bloodmobile, After School Elementary Backpack Nutrition Programs and extensive sight programs.
Our sight program is one of most extensive in the state of Virginia. Any needy individual that believes they might need glasses or have a sight related issue, should fill out an application for assistance and sent it in immediately. Applications submitted here or picked up any of our providers. Please mail completed applications to Dublin Lions Club, PO Box 1872, Dublin VA 24084. Allow 4-6 weeks for a response. Last year the Dublin Lions provided over 50 pair of eyeglasses to individuals.
Another feature of the sight program is sight screenings in our schools. The Dublin Lions and several dedicated members use state of the art screening machines that can detect possible sight impairments. Such needs are communicated to the school nurse and parents. The Dublin Lions have completed over ten thousand screenings in the last few years.
Our members participate in numerous service programs every year. Some are regularly scheduled and others are scheduled as the need arises. The Red Cross Bloodmobile is every 8 weeks at our building. Members feed donors and help prepare and clean up the building. Members serve meals at the Daily Bread at several times throughout the year. Twice a year members participate in Adopt-A-Highway, cleaning sections of Route 100 near Dublin. Lastly, once a year the Dublin Lions ring the bell for the Salvation Army in a group event that brings a smile to all involved. This is a short list, as the club has hosted community nights and other programs. Your ideas are always welcome.
The Dublin Lions participate in one the oldest traditions of Lions, promoting and facilitating the sale of brooms made by those whom are visually impaired. These are the "old time" corn brooms that sweep better than that "new stuff" You can get a first class product and support employing an individual with a sight impairment. Click here to get information about purchasing a broom.
After School Elementary Backpack Nutrition Programs
The Dublin Lions give to each of the five elementary schools after school backpack nutrition programs. like many rural counties in America, hunger is an issue. Many children are provided with breakfast and lunch at school, but go home to empty cupboards. This program sends backpacks filled with snacks home with these students every weekend. Dublin Lions generously contributes financially to this program.
New River Valley Fair
For one week in July, the Dublin Lions sell concessions at the New River Valley Fair. The club has become known for miles around and over 50 years as sellers of the iconic Lion Dog. Although it is shaped like a corn dog, there is no corn in the appetizing delight. For dates of the fair, check out this link.
Pulaski County Flea Market
Our largest fundraiser. Please click the link here or on the left, as it has its own page.
The Dublin Lions Club Building is available for rent. The building is over 5000 square feet, with seating for up to 250 people. We have hosted weddings, class reunions and various private functions. Fees vary based on your event and anticipated attendance. To check availability and pricing, please call us at 540-674-2754, extension 5. Once you have cleared your date, you will need to submit an application. We can mail you one or you can fill out here.
The Dublin Lions starts every July with a new board. Members have the opportunity to serve on the board or in various committee leadership positions. For a list of our board members click here. Many of our members have successfully pursued district and state leadership positions. Lions offers training in person and online to grow your leadership potential. Email our membership chair for more info. To honor some of those that have led, click here for a list of past presidents.
Although giving back should be done with an open heart and hand, it is nice to be recognized. From time to time the Dublin Lions recognizes a member for their contributions to club and community. One such recognition in our founders fellowship, known as the Melvin Jones Fellowship. Members are considered based on their long term contributions. Once selected the club makes a contribution on these individuals behalf to Lions Club International Foundation, one of the worlds largest aid groups. Click here for a list of fellowship recipients from the Dublin Lions Club. The Lions of Virginia Foundation Humanitarian fellowship is similar, just on the state level here in Virginia. The recipient of this fellowship is considered based on their contribution to the community outside of Lions. Another such fellowship benefits Virginia Lions Hearing Foundation and is named for the first International President from Virginia, the Elbryne Gill fellowship is generally considered the Lion of the Year in the Dublin Lions, as it is voted on by the general membership. Click here for list of recipients of these two fellowships.