LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL celebrates its centenary this year.
The organisation was founded in June 1917 in Chicago by businessman Melvin Jones. The club is an international service club and has today 1.35 million members worldwide.
In 1925 a lady writer, Helen Keller, who was deaf and blind, suggested the club to become Knight of the Blinds. Since then the club adopted many aims to support, but in Spain the Lions stayed close to this first aim.
The Melvin Jones Centre of recycled glasses is located in San Vincente. Many opticians bring their no-longer-used glasses to the centre and they are sent on to Latin America, Africa and also to European countries.
The Lionsclub in Alfaz del Pi has British, Spanish, Dutch and Flemish members.
Annually they organise events such as a Flamenco show which, in 2016, was attended by 400 people and raised funds for the food bank in Alfaz.
For those who are interested in golf there is an annual charity ‘Pitch and Putt’ tournament.
Children love to get involved in the annual ‘Peace Contest’ an art-based project which sees the winner in Madrid, where there is a selection of all schools participating and the final winner goes to the USA in company of their family.
For the younger ones there is the Saint Nicolas celebration in the beginning of December. The children get packages with fruits and sweets from Saint Nicolas. This celebration is attended by children of all nationalities.
If you are interested in attending a meeting of the Lions Club, they are usually held in the Casa Cultura of Alfaz del Pi every second Thursday of the month.
For more information, please get in touch with Bernardina Martini – 608 541 299 or Peter de Lint – 669 943 734.