In 1925 Helen Keller attended a convention of Lions Clubs International and challenged the delegates to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness."

The members of the Santa Cruz Host Lions Club remain dedicated to this challenge.



About the Santa Cruz Host Lions Club..... 

​Our motto is......

The Santa Cruz Host Lions members are business, professional, and retired women and
​men dedicated to making the Santa Cruz community a better place in which to live.

The Santa Cruz Host Lions support our Santa Cruz community's visual and auditory impaired, its youth and the organizations that serve them.

​The Santa Cruz Host Lions enjoy weekly lunches featuring guest speakers, family barbecues, conventions, visits to neighboring Lions clubs, holiday parties, group trips, community projects, and more!  

The Santa Cruz Host Lions Club is part of the largest world wide service organization known as Lions Clubs International which is headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.

​The Santa Cruz Host Lions Club was chartered April 20, 1929 with 28 members. Meetings were held in the Pioneer Room at the Palomar Hotel until 1967, when the Lions moved to the Elks new building on Jewell Street. In 2014 the club added one night meeting a month to encourage new members to attend who cannot come to meetings during the day.

The Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at noon at the Santa Cruz Elks Club. We also meet at 6:00 P.M. on the Second Thursday of the month at the Live Oak Senior Center. The Club has 69 members on its roster.

​The Club motto is, "We Serve!" This service is focused on hearing and sight conservation, as well as on the development of our community's youth. The Santa Cruz Host Lions has never turned down a youth in need of eye care for lack of funds!

The Club raises funds through a variety of activities, including White Cane Day, Lions' Christmas Tree Lot, Nicene Marks Marathon and the Lions Bowl Senior High School football game. 100% of the funds raised by the club's various fund-raisers are given back to the community. Donations to the
Santa Cruz Host Lions Charitable Foundation (EIN #77-0254131) are deductible as provided by law.