"In Our 70th Year of Service to Lionism"
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|About The Lions Club of Kingston, New York, Inc.|
|We meet on the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Tuesday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM at the Holiday Inn on Washington Ave., Kingston, NY. (The Board of Directors meet on the 2nd Tuesday at 5:15 PM.)|
|How it all began . . .|
On Monday evening, July 7, 1941, the Lions Club of Kingston, NY received its
charter at a dinner-dance held in the Village Inn in Woodstock.
Since its founding, the Kingston Lions Club has held its meeting each Tuesday. Our Club has built a reputation for being a noisy and enthusiastic group.
It was during the presidency of Walter Donnaruma (1947-1948) that the idea of producing the Exposition "Kingston Area On Parade" was accepted by the membership. The first Expo opened its door at Kingston's Municipal Auditorium (now the Kingston Neighborhood Center on March 9, 1948. It was an instant success and became an annual event. To date, more than 50 Expo's have been held. Success followed success and the Expo has been the principal fund-raiser ever since. Now, with an adequate source of funds, the Kingston Lions Club embarked upon a varied program of service to the community. Over the years, the Expo and other fund-raising activities have netted the Club approximately $1,000,000 for its various charitable projects - an outstanding record for the City of Kingston. The funds have been spent locally for the benefits of the people of Kingston-area under the watchful eyes of the Lions. Every penny that the Kingston Lions raise from public fund-raising activities is used for charitable purposes. Not one cent is used for administration expenses or other purposes. The dues paid by the members cover the expenses of running the Club including social affairs, conventions, etc.
From the very beginning, a major objective of the Club has been its work for the blind and sight-impaired through its Sight Conservation Committee. The Club has been very active in a number of other projects as well, including speech and hearing, drug awareness and diabetes detection. Other projects cover such area as youth activities, civic improvement, community betterment and scholarships.
Many of the projects that the Kingston Lions have supported over the years are listed among our full history.
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