Fellowship, fun, and service have been liberally woven into the history of the Cedar Falls Lions Club.
Service has always received heavy emphasis throughout the history of the club as evidenced by the thousands of dollars contributed to sight and hearing conservation projects at local, state, national, and international levels.
During the club's early years of existence, emphasis was placed on sponsoring events for underprivileged children in the city. A variety of fund-raising ventures ranging from a turkey dinner to raffles and bingo parties were held to finance these service activities.
In more recent years, the club's scope of humanitarian assistance has broadened into many areas of service. A tabulation of these contributions shows that the Cedar Falls Lions Club has donated $150,000 to worthy causes over the past ten years, plus a special Sight First contribution of $15,000.
Over the past 90 years our club has returned over $400,000 to a variety of causes. Four highly successful projects have been sponsored annually by the Club. These projects are the backbone of this financial benevolence. They are the Pancake Day which was first held in 1954, the Light Bulb Sale that was initially started in 1955, participating in sponsoring the Gus Macker basketball tournament starting in 1995, plus the Sturgis Falls Pancake Breakfast that was initiated in 1976. In recent years the collection and recycling of used eyeglasses has proven to be a profitable source of charitable income.
Following are some current examples of the Club's dedication to humanitarian and community service: Annual Contribution for cornea transplants to the Iowa Lions Sight Conservation Foundation ($2500 per year). Awarding of an annual scholarship to University of Northern Iowa students. Financial support of the "Youth for Understanding" student exchange program. Sponsorship of the Lions Junior Baseball League for the city of Cedar Falls. Sponsored Quest Programs in Cedar Falls Schools. Purchase of eyeglasses for needy children in the community. Special donations to community improvement projects such as the UNI-Dome, UNI Strayer Wood Theater, the Woman's Club House renovation, hospital, library improvements, recreation building, Regent Theater building and the North Shore Boat House.
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world
To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community.
To unite the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutual understanding.
To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works, and private endeavors.