Specialty Lions Clubs

You may not realize it, but quite often we form specialty Lions Clubs to meet the specific wants and needs of people in our community who would like to be a part of a club that more directly fits with the activities that they may want to do in the community.

The Specialty Club program is designed to create clubs whose members share a common interest or passion, allowing them to connect with one another on a deeper level. For example, they may share a hobby, profession, culture, common service or life experience.

Forming specialty clubs allows groups of people around the world to turn their passions into rewarding service projects that directly benefit their communities.

Joining a specialty Lions club is a great way a great way for all generations to meet people who share common interests and build leadership skills while serving your community.

For example, locally we have a Nepalese club. We also have clubs that are made up primarily of people of Chinese or Filipino descent.

We are currently exploring the formation of a dog or pet lovers club, that will focus on working with the local Sacramento SPCA as well as the local animal shelters and the local Food Bank Pet Pantries.

We have had requests for forming a club for people of Hispanic descent.

As you may guess, the possibilities are endless.

If you are interested in being a part of the formation of a new specialty club, let us know.

Here is a link discussing Specialty Lions Clubs for your info.

Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

Join Our Team to Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

Our goal is to raise $2,500 to become a Pacesetter Team!
This year’s Making Strides – Sacramento event will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the State Capitol.  I know that is a great distance for some of the clubs, so if you or your Lions can’t make it, please consider gathering and walking individually or as a group in your local areas.  If you do so, please send me photos!  I would love to share them.
I have included a flyer of the event and registration/donation details and would be happy to assist you if needed.
Please take some time to share with your Lions Club and discuss a donation.  Individuals donations will gladly be accepted as well.  See flyer for more details!  Donation Collection Form

Download this flyer: Breast Cancer Walk 2021

Lions Community Blood Drive

We are coordinating another Lions Community Blood Drive, and this one will be our first-ever to be held on a Saturday!  The date is March 27, 2021, and the hours will be 11 AM to 3 PM.  The location will be the same as our November blood drive, in the large conference room (the Sacramento Room) at Vitalant Headquarters, located at the former Mather Air Force Base.
A question came up about timing from a potential blood donor who is scheduled to receive the 2nd vaccination three days before the blood drive.
I have communicated with staff at Vitalant.  I have been informed that there is NO waiting period between receiving either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccines and donating blood.  When you are asked about recent vaccinations during the registration process at the blood drive, simply tell the staff person which vaccine you received so that it can be added to your Vitalant record.
Lions Blood Drive date:  Saturday, March 27, 2021, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location:  Vitalant Headquarters, 10536 Peter A McCuen Blvd., Mather, CA 95655

Please bring a Photo I.D. /
Please eat well and drink plenty of water prior to donating.
Donors must wear a mask or face covering that meets CDC guidelines

Blood Drive 3.27.2021 Lions and Scouts e-flyer

For more information or questions regarding the blood drive, please contact
Capitol Lion Dave Pevny at dpevny@gmail.com

Get Rid of Your Outdated Pills Correctly

Click Here for Out Dated Pills Flyer



Well…..Let Maharlika Lions Club help you!
Bring all your old, outdated pills to the Cabinet Meeting on
Saturday, November 9, 2019 and we will dispose of them the
right way! We will not toss them in the trash, we will not flush
them down the toilet!! We know how to get rid of them that’s
good for you and the environment!

Nepalese Club Blood Drive

As a part of our Blood Drive we have still few spaces left we booked at Vitalant Roseville on Saturday, September 21 and Sep 28 and at Vitalant Sac Midtown on Sunday Sep 22.

Lion Kishore Sherchand
Sacramento Nepalese Lions Club

A Yarn Story

In 2011 an inmate at Folsom Prison wanted to learn to crochet and after receiving a pattern, and some yarn, he asked about donating “newborn beanies” for infants to a hospital or shelter.  Hooks and Needles was born!

Hooks & Needles floundered for months working with whatever yarn they could get. More inmates got “hooked” and soon they were producing scarves and blankets to go with those beanies.  The Folsom State Prison (FSP) Men’s Advisory Council (MAC) took notice and donated $500.00 from their annual fundraiser. Suddenly, over 40 inmates, all disciplinary free, were spending their down time crocheting and knitting with no expectations other than knowing their creations go to those in need. But there were no supplies. A few of these inmates had jobs and used their meager wages to purchase supplies. Some have relatives who purchase supplies for them, but primarily they are dependent on contributions.  

Then in 2012 they were “adopted” by the Folsom Lake Lion’s Club.  This validated the group, and their generous donations provided supplies for making beanies, scarves, blankets and recently– stuffed animals.  The Lion’s Club also distributes the items to a number of facilities and organizations in the area and helps allay the fears of some recipient groups leery of items made by inmates.

The benefit of Hooks & Needles is far reaching.  Within the walls of Folsom Prison the growth, pride and a giving spirit can be seen by these men of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.  Their time, talent and heartfelt intent is admirable and praiseworthy. And Folsom Lake Lions, by sharing samples of the creations made with other individuals and groups, receives donations of yarn that is given to Hooks and Needles to make more items.  

Then the Flying Samaritans got involved and the circle widened. Flying Samaritans also shares the need for yarn and now the items made by the men in Hooks and Needles are also given to the children in San Quentin, Mexico served by the local Mother Lode Chapter of Flying Samaritans.  In addition, these items are donated to Mustard Seed School, Loaves and Fishes, Placer County Stand Down, St. John’s Shelter for Women, Crisis Nurseries, Lions Special Kids Day, and the Union Gospel Mission.