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President's Welcome




Welcome to the Eugene Downtown Lions Club Web Site

Who are Lions? We are men and women who work with good cheer and have become friends in the course of our volunteer service. We are the largest Lions Club in the Willamette Valley with nearly one hundred members. The regular club meeting is Wednesday at noon year-round. Our usual meeting place is the Eugene Hilton downtown.

This spring for the EDT LIONS a major contribution will be to Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation whose mission is to screen, treat, save, and restore sight and hearing, in partnership with Lions Clubs, in order to prevent blindness and deafness for those in need. If you missed the "code 14" charitable checkoff on your Oregon income tax return, you could use the Paypal secured Annual Fund Donation link on the left would add to the fund that helps Eugene Lions provide this assistance throughout our community. Still another opportunity to help will be to but a raffle ticket from Lions in May and June as we conduct our largest fundraising effort of the year.

A special mission of Lions is assisting those with vision and hearing problems. On April 6th we are presenting "Annie Sullivan: Memoir  of the Miracle Worker". The connection to Lions is that Annie's student Helen Keller challenged Lions to be "Knights of the Blind".

Throughout the year we provide sight and hearing assistance to individuals in need. The Eugene Downtown Lions Club Sight & Hearing Committee meets each month to review applications. If you know someone who cannot afford eyeglasses or a hearing aid, have them contact a Lions Club member or the number below.

Our service projects occur throughout the community. From Pocket Park to Delta Ponds, from Food Rescue Express to Meals-on-Wheels, from mobile health screenings to eyeglass collection, from our pancake breakfast with Santa to other fundraising events, our club members stay active. Scroll down this page and explore the links on the left to learn more about how Lions serve in Eugene and around the world. There are many opportunities to serve. I hope you can join us in making our community and world a better place.

Sincerely, Wes Reynolds, President, Eugene Downtown Lions Club, 2013-14



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ATTENTION: People seeking assistance from the Eugene Downtown Lions for
sight or hearing problems should contact Dr. Tim Arbow at 541-485-2020.

An Evening To Remember

All Lions are familiar with the story of how Helen Keller was the inspiration for Lions Clubs International to take on the task of helping those with sight and hearing difficulties. Many Lions are aware that Annie Sullivan played an important role in Helen's life, but the details of that relationship was dramatically revealed on Sunday April 6th when the Eugene Downtown Lions Club sponsored Annie Sullivan, Memoir of a Miracle Worker. The event, held at the Ford Alumni Center on the UO campus, was attended by about 120 people including Lions and others who paid $13 to see and hear the touching performance by the gifted actor Kay Huston. She came on stage in character as Annie Sullivan and told her life story and how she became not only Helen Keller’s teacher, but also her close friend and confidant.

She spoke of her childhood and trials of growing up with vision problems of her own. She described meeting with the young blind, deaf girl named Helen and how together they learned to communicate by using the finger spelling technique. Later Annie traveled the world with Helen and they were closer than even sisters could be. The performance was very emotional and had the audience spellbound with its detail and sensitivity. When it was over we left with an even larger affection for Helen Keller and an overwhelming sense of awe for the courage, tenacity, and tenderness of Annie Sullivan toward her Helen.

Before the performance Lion Twila Butler, who organized the event, welcomed everyone and Lion Past President Jeff Musgrove gave a short talk explaining who Lions are and what Lions do. He invited the non Lions to talk with the Lions present and consider joining the largest service club in the world.

A raffle for a gift basket was held with the winner being Molly Hansford who told us upon winning that she actually was present at a speech given by Helen Keller years ago at OSU.


Story and Pictures by Lion Tim Chuey

Publicity Chairman,

Eugene Downtown Lions










PLEASE NOTE: On the left sidebar  you can make a secure online donation to the

Eugene Downtown Lions Foundation via PayPal which accepts major credit cards as well as PayPal accounts.



Local Drop Off Sites for Used Glasses,Hearing Aids, and Cell Phones:

Pick-up sites for used items fall into six geographical areas as follows:


1. Valley River/Oakway

JC Penney, Valley River Center

Visionworks, Valley River Center

Eugene Eyewear, 207 Coburg Road, Suite 105

Foley Vision, 2260 Oakmont Way

Oakway Fitness Spa, Oakway Road

2. Goodpasture

Lifetime Eye Care, 4765 Village Plaza Loop, Suite #100

Pacific Clear Vision Institute, 1125 Darlene Lane

Avamere Riverpark Nursing, 425 Alexander Loop

Willlamette Oaks, 455 Alexander Loop

W. Dale Rowe O.D. 1800 Valley River Drive, #100

3. North Eugene

Eyemart Express, 1680 Coburg Road

Franz Optical, 65 Division, Suite E

Rainbow Optics, 2540 Willakenzie

Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend

Shopko Optical, Chad Drive (near Coburg & Crescent)

Terpening Terrace, 52 Ruby Avenue

4. Downtown #1

Campbell Senior Center, 155 High Street

Lane Transit District, 11th & Willamette

Osher Lifelong Learning Center, 975 High Street

Ya-Po-Ah Terrace, 350 Pearl Street

5. Downtown #2

Family Vision Center, 1471 Pearl Street

First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street

Focal Point Optical , 1550 Oak Street, Suite 6

Rainbow Optics, 762 E. 13th Ave.

Sacred Heart Hospital, 1255 Hilyard Street

Spectacle Shop, 2460 Willamette Street

6. South and West Eugene

Acorn Optical, 1680 Chambers Street

Arbow (Dr. Timothy), 690 E. 18th Street

Cascade Manor, 65 W. 30th Street

Eugene Elks, 2470 W. 11tth Ave

Goodwill, 855 Seneca Road

Rainbow Optics, 1740 W. 18th Ave

Valley West Care Center, 2300 Warren Street

Looking Glass, Center Point School  1790W 11th , Suite A