Founded in 1920, the Atlanta Lions Club has the unique distinction of being the first Lions club in Georgia. Our club has a rich history of SERVICE and is part of the Georgia Lions District 18-L which includes 53 Lions Clubs located in Northwest Georgia. Years ago we were a club of 150+ members.
Past Club Achievements
- In 1949 the Atlanta Lions Club along with the Moultrie and Albany Lions created the Georgia Lions Lighthouse for the Blind, now known as the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation – the only organization providing comprehensive vision and hearing services to underinsured and uninsured Georgians.
- In 1968 the Atlanta Lions Club was instrumental in the creation of the Peach Bowl, now known as the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. This was founded as a charity bowl for bowl proceeds to benefit the Lions Lighthouse. The Bowl continues to support the Lighthouse today and it holds the honor of the Bowl with the highest level of charitable giving in the U.S.
- In 1980 the Atlanta Lions Club donations helped for the first corneal transplant to be performed on an infant.
Our Club Today
Today, we are a club of 35+ members looking for new members eager to share energy, exchange thought and fellowship, and serve in our Atlanta community. The Atlanta Lions Club represents the neighborhoods of Midtown and Downtown Atlanta, including the Old Fourth Ward and Westside communities. We invite you to review our Club events and new releases as a way of learning where we are serving today.
Who are Lions
Lions are an international network of 1.36 million men and women in 200 countries who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a wide variety of projects important to their communities. Each club defines locally how they would like to serve their community. Community service projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters. Founded in 1917, the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. The headquarters for Lions Clubs International is located in Oakbrook, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
As part of a Centennial series, below is a short history of Lion Clubs International and what it means to be a Lion.