Every journey begins with a single step. One act of service, one encouraging word, one gift of generosity is often all it takes to bring hope where it’s needed most. Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because we share a core belief – to serve our community.
The San Antonio Bexar Necessities Lions Club aims to bring the commitment of service to San Antonio and the surrounding area through service projects and events that will make our community safer and stronger.
Over the last 100 years, the kindness of Lions has multiplied across borders, oceans, and continents. Our club members join the over 1.4 million members around the world. We have an opportunity to truly change our community, our world.
As part of the world's largest service organization, our club is committed to come together in service to make a greater impact on our Global Causes and our local community initiatives in Education, Health, and LGBTQ+.
The San Antonio Bexar Necessities Lions Club is part of Lions Clubs International (LCI), the largest service club organization in the world. More than 1.4 million members in over 48,000 clubs are serving in 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe.
Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service projects, and we extend our service impact through the generous support of our Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Lions Clubs International is focused on supporting vision, the environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes and other pressing humanitarian needs to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity.
All Lions Clubs are autonomous, meaning that each Lions Club is an independent entity. Our Board of Directors are charged with developing and executing membership initiatives and service projects that comply with all laws, regulations, safety guidelines, and best practices.
Club Directors serve an overlapping 2-year term and provide oversight of the Club's Board of Directors and Sub-Committees.
In addition, the Board of Directors is responsible for working with District, State, and International counterparts to further the vision and mission of Lions Clubs International.
1917 The Beginning // Chicago business leader Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people made a commitment to improving their communities? More than a century later, Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 48,000 clubs acting on the same simple idea – when Lions come together for the good of humanity, there's nothing we can't achieve. Learn more....
1920 Going International // Just three years after our founding, Lions became international when we established the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927. In the 1950s and 1960s, international growth accelerated, with new clubs in Europe, Asia and Africa.
1925 Saving Sight // Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind.” Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid those who are blind or visually impaired. An estimated 120 million people are visually impaired because of uncorrected refractive errors. Almost all cases can be corrected and normal vision can be restored with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgery. Lions and Leos help to conserve sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults throughout the world.
1945 Uniting Nations // We were one of the first non-governmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter. We host an annual Lions Day with the United Nations to continue our partnership and identify global solutions to the challenges facing humanity.
1957 Organizing Youth Programs // We started the Leo program to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity to serve and lead with Lions. There are approximately 180,000 Leos and 7,200 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide. Leadership, Experience, Opportunity – that' what makes a Leo. Members of Leo clubs embody the best qualities of our incredible organization. They are devoted young people who realize the power of action.
1990 Launching SightFirst // Through the support of LCIF, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale with the SightFirst program. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than US$351 million for this initiative that targets the major causes of blindness.
2017 Celebrating Our Centennial // Lions celebrate a century of service by serving more people around the world through a Centennial Service Challenge. To celebrate 100 years of serving humanity, we challenged Lions from around the world to serve 100 million people during our celebration. That number was more than doubled—with more than 248 million people served.
2020 Responding to COVID-19 // Lions found innovative ways to safely serve their communities during this global health crisis. Our global Foundation, LCIF, donated millions of dollars in emergency grant funds, providing critical supplies and equipment to hospitals, medical clinics and emergency management systems, including front-line health care workers and first responders.