Downtown San Diego Lions Club

Our Mission is to improve the world one human being at a time through programs that teach and promote empathy, fellowship and service.  To lead a movement of compassion and activism in our community that inspires new generations to answer the call of "We Serve".

  • 2017 Outstanding Grant Making Organization, 45th National Philanthropy Day
  • 2018 Malin Burnham Award for Most Admired Service Organization, Realty Changers
  • 2018 Top Large Club Award, San Diego and Imperial Counties Lions Club International District 4-L6

KUSI TV Segment about the Downtown San Diego Lions Club 100th Anniversary

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The Downtown San Diego Lions Club ROARing Twenties Centennial Gala

Step back in time with us as we celebrate 100 years of service and begin a new century of service to San Diego!

Saturday, September 24, 2022

5:30 - 9:00 PM

Admiral Baker Clubhouse

Reception * Silent Auction * Dinner * Dancing

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100 Year Anniversary Gala Sponsorship Opportunities

This year 60 youth attended the 6-day camp from 3 to 8 July.  During the week, the Campers had a chance to enjoy the outdoors, swim, hike, and participate in many other activities.

Help send a kid to Lions Camp Jack in 2023!

Lions Camp Jack Dinner & Cake Auction Fundraiser

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The Lions Camp Jack Dinner & Cake Auction Fundraiser has been postponed and will be rescheduled. 

Lions Relief and Services to Ukraine

We are proud to support the Lions Clubs International effort with a $5,000 donation to help Ukraine and Lion Clubs in the European Union who are providing relief and services to Ukrainian refugees. It is so true that "alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much more."

The Lions Optometric Vision Clinic (LOVC) provides eye care for individuals in San Diego who are unable to obtain assistance through private insurance, welfare, or other social services and they accept donations of used eyeglasses.

The LOVC operates independently of the Downtown San Diego Lions Club and we know of no other place to go for Low Cost Eyeglass assistance in San Diego.

The Ear of the Lion is currently open and operating during COVID-19.

Ear of the Lion can be contacted at (800) 327-80777 or at Ear of the Lion.

The Ear of the Lion serves San Diego County and operates independently of the Downtown San Diego Lions Club.

Club Calendar

For more information on upcoming speakers or to propose an upcoming speaker or event please contact us at sdlionsclub@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

We Serve…Putting Money Where Our Mouth Is!

$5,074,628

Is the amount the the Downtown San Diego Lions Club Welfare Foundation has donated between July, 1996, and June, 2021, to the San Diego community.

Some of our recent grants:

$ 400,000 to the Downtown San Diego Lions Club BioBank for Vision
$     9,000 to the San Diego Center for the Blind
$     5,860 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Cal-SD
$     5,000 to Promises2Kids
$     5,000 to the Armed Services YMCA, San Diego
$     4,000 to Traveler's Aid San Diego
$     3,000 to the San Diego Rescue Mission
$     2,921 to Angels Foster Network

How We Serve

When it comes to meeting challenges, our response is simple: We serve! In our community, we are involved in volunteer work, helping, leading, planning, and supporting. Because we're local, we can serve the unique needs of the San Diego community and because we're global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.

Downtown San Diego Lions Club Building

We want everyone to see a better tomorrow. That's why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks, and eyeglass recycling. The Downtown San Diego Lions Club is involved in a wide variety of projects that reach out to at-risk youth, seniors, physically disadvantaged, the military and Veterans, and others.

We empower the next generation by providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people.

We serve local communities and protect the planet.  From performing hands-on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environment programs improve our communities and protect the environment.

Lion Facts

Established in 1922, the Downtown San Diego Lions Club is one of very few service clubs to enjoy the ownership and use of its own beautiful meeting facility. Our meeting room and Executive Offices are located in the heart of San Diego's exciting Gaslamp District.

We welcome Lions from around the world to join us when visiting San Diego! We invite all service-minded individuals located in San Diego to call for information about attending a meeting!

Since 1917, Lions have served the world's population through hard work and commitment to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere. With 1.38 million Lions serving in 46,481 clubs in over 210 countries and geographical areas, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. The Downtown San Diego Lions Club is one of the largest Lions Clubs in the United States.

Although Lions internationally are noted for their assistance to the blind, the Downtown San Diego Lions Club supports a wide variety of projects that reach out to at-risk youth, seniors, physically disadvantaged, the military and Veterans, and others!