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The Bolton Lions have been serving the community since 1964, but our story has its roots in Lions Clubs International, an organization that has been serving local communities in more than 205 countries around the world since 1917.

Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones in Chicago, Illinois, the Lions Club began with a simple idea—service to the local community. Mr. Jones struck a chord with the people of Chicago and by 1920 the Lions Club was inter-state. In 1926, Lions Clubs International was born.

At the 1926 Lions International Convention, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become the “Knights of the Blind,” and they eagerly took up the cause. Since then the Lions Clubs of America, including your Bolton Lions, have taken this mission to heart, performing fund-raising activities that help fund medical research, blindness awareness programs, health clinics, medical treatment, and humanitarian aid in the community and around the world. Locally, research facilities at the Joslin Clinic, Tufts Medical School, and Harvard University have all received funding from Lions Clubs International.

Learn more about how we put your generous donations to work in the Bolton community.