The History of the Grafton Lions

In the fall of 1937, Mr. Leo Affeldt came to Grafton representing International Lions Clubs. The matter was discussed with a number of businessmen of the community.  After a number of informal meetings,  the required number of members (twenty-one) were found to start the Grafton Lions club.   The first Charter night meeting was held on Wednesday, February 2, 1938 at the Grafton Hotel @ $1.50 per plate.   Mr. A. H. Mintzlaft was elected President and Carl J. Erdmann the Secretary, Treasurer and Bulletin Editor.

As with any new organization it had its rough times during World War II and the club went dormant.  In 1946 Chester Bell, the district governor of 27A at the time, came to Grafton to get the club started again.  Most of the old members got together with a few new members and 23 members were available for a second Charter night.  Due to the lapse of time it was thought best to issue a new Charter and the Washington Park Lions Club of Milwaukee was the new sponsor.  Charter Night activities were held at the Cedars in Cedarburg on August 26, 1946. Carl Erdmann was the first President of the newly organized club and Ralph Houseman, Secretary, Treasurer and Bulletin editor.

Today the Grafton Lions club has 100 active members and last year donated over $25,000 to a variety of local, state and international charities.
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Prevent Blindness, Saving Sight for Millions of People Around the World

Since Lions Clubs International was founded in 1917, Lions have worked on projects designed to prevent blindness, restore eyesight and improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Indeed, sight is one of Lions defining causes. Through professional training, healthcare system development and wide spread drug treatment distribution, Lions have gained worldwide recognition for their work to improve sight and prevent blindness. Lions around the world are also actively involved in:
Recycling eyeglasses at 18 centers worldwide.
Supporting Lions Eye Banks that provide eye tissue for sight-saving surgeries.
Screening the vision of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Preventing blindness by providing treatment to those at risk of losing their vision.

Recreational Camps
Lions proudly support recreational camps that are customized to meet the special needs of children and adults who are blind or who have severe vision loss. With input from experts – physicians, departments and ministries of health and local foundations – Lions have organized recreational camps to give these individuals the unique experience of camping.

Vision Screenings
A vision screening is performed to identify possible vision problems.  Lions partner with eye care professionals to carry out joint screening events.
Lions Recycle For Sight
In just about any home, one can find a pair of eyeglasses that are no longer being used. That same pair of eyeglasses can change another person's life.
That's why the Lions started the Recycle For Sight program. Everyone can help.
Throughout the year, Lions, Leos and other volunteers collect used eyeglasses and deliver them to regional Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers (LERCs). LERC volunteers clean, sort by prescription strength and package the glasses. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income commmunities where they will have the greatest impact.

Eyeglass Recycling – How You Can Help
If you have used eyeglasses you no longer need, you can donate them now. Lions accept prescription and reading glasses, sunglasses and plastic and metal frames. Children's glasses are especially needed.

In addition to all of the programs mentioned above, Lions Clubs International Foundation supports several large-scale partnership initiatives, research opportunities and grant programs that aid the Lions in their sight saving efforts

Please drop off your used glasses  and hearing aids,  look for the the large mail box ( painted yellow) at WalGreens in Grafton on the NorthWest corner of the building and also at  the Grafton Public Works building  inside the lobby.

  WalGreens: 1915 Wisconsin Ave, Grafton, WI 53024-2605

  Grafton Public Works: 675 N Green Bay Rd, Grafton, WI 53024-1521

Overcoming the Challenges of Hearing Impairment

According to the World Health Organization, 360 million worldwide have disabiling hearing loss.  Another 1.1 billion people are at risk of hearing loss.
Children with hearing impairment can experience delays in the development of speech, language and cognitive skills.
In adults, hearing impairment and deafness can make it difficult to obtain and keep employment.
Hearing impaired children and adults are often socially stigmatized and isolated.
Lions service activities for people who are deaf or have a hearing impairment may include:
Hearing loss awareness campaigns
Hearing screenings 
Hearing aid recycling program
Recreational camps for the deaf and hearing impaired
Assistance for the deaf and hearing impaired individuals