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Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 48,000 clubs serving 200 countries and geographic areas worldwide. Since our founding in 1917, we have been proving that where there’s a need, there’s a Lion.

Our motto is “We Serve” and Lions put it into action every day. We’re caring men and women who come together to be a difference in our communities. We believe we can do so much more together than we can alone.

 Lions around the world are rallying around the five global causes of Childhood Cancer, the Environment, Hunger, Vision, and our new global focus, Diabetes. We have set a goal of serving 200 million people a year through these causes and other humanitarian initiatives.

The Lions Club Rural Retreat Virginia was founded on September 23, 1941. For over 80 years the Lions Club has provided Community Services and Fellowship throughout Southwest Virginia, the United States, and Internationally.

In October 2017, the Lions Club Rural Retreat Virginia started the International Personal Portable Solar Lights Project when it received Donations from the Lions Clubs throughout the United States to purchase and distribute these Personal Portable Solar Lights to individuals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria through the Lions Clubs in Puerto Rico.

Since 2017, the Lions Club Rural Retreat Virginia has distributed Personal Portable Solar Lights through Lions Clubs and Individuals in the Bahamas, Mexico, Pakistan, and Puerto Rico, and in the United States through Lions Clubs and Individuals in the states of Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.


The Lions Club Rural Retreat VA local Donations and Service Projects include:

  • American Red Cross,

  • Carrington Place,

  • Eyeglasses,

  • Covid Home Test Kits,

  • Grace Lutheran Church Katie’s Pantry,

  • Hearing Aids,

  • HopePacks to Rural Retreat and Speedwell Schools,

  • Hope to Walk, James A. Bland Music Scholarship,

  • James Lindsey Scholarship,

  • LEARN Juvenile Diabetes Program,

  • Lions Alert Programs,

  • Lions Clubs International District 24-C,

  • Lions Clubs International District 24-C Charity,

  • Lions Clubs International Kids Sight Program,

  • Lions Clubs International Multi-District 24,

  • Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest,

  • Lions of Virginia Foundation,

  • Lions Solar Alert Programs,

  • National Safety Council,

  • Padapillo Early Childhood Hearing Loss Awareness Program,

  • Presbyterian Children’s Home of the Highlands,

  • Regional Lions Leadership Institute,

  • Rural Retreat Care Center,

  • Rural Retreat Depot,

  • Rural Retreat Depot Farmers Market,

  • Rural Retreat Depot Memory Walk Garden,

  • Rural Retreat Elementary School Individual School Supplies Boxes,

  • Rural Retreat Elementary School “Socks for Kids,”

  • Rural Retreat Heritage Days,

  • Rural Retreat High School After Prom Committee,

  • Rural Retreat High School Band Boosters,

  • Rural Retreat High School Football Ticket Sales,

  • Rural Retreat Lions Leo Club,

  • Rural Retreat Schools Vision and Hearing Screenings,

  • St. Paul Lutheran Church,

  • Vittles for Vets,

  • William Hall Journalism Scholarship,

  • Woodland and Restoration Foundation,

  • Wythe Bland Foundation,

  • Wythe Chamber of Commerce Expo,

  • Wythe County Sheriff’s Office Child Safety Program.

The Lions Club Rural Retreat Virginia meets twice a month on the First Thursday at Noon and the Third Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Rural Retreat Community Center.

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