Hot Springs Village
Who Are We
The Hot Springs Village Breakfast Lions was chartered on March 21, 1977 with the sponsorship of the Hot Springs Village
We currently have about 56 members and meet twice monthly at the Townhouse Association Meeting Hall
at 1 Perralena Lane in the Valencia Courts in Hot Springs village. We meet for breakfast on the first and
third Thursdays of the month at 7:45am.
The Hot Springs Village Breakfast Lions Club
is a community service organization that is part of the Arkansas Multiple District #7 which in
turn is part of the Association of Lions Clubs International. Lions Clubs International has
1.5 million members in 210 countries and districts. This makes Lions Clubs International
the largest service organization in the world. The Breakfast Lions subscribes to the
Purpose, Ethics and Vision of the Lions Clubs International.
Our Motto: We Serve
The Hot Springs Village Breakfast Lions need you. Please join us in our service to this
community. We await your phone call or
President: Bob Peterson (574-360-2499)
Tina Taylor (922-0959) Joanie Wiltgen
The Association of International Lions Clubs logo has a history and symbolism that should be noted by all Lions clubs members.
The purpose of the Breakfast Lions shall be:
- To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.
- To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
- To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of our community.
- To unite the members in the bond of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
- To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however,
that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
- To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial
reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in
commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
Throughout our 41 years, we have contributed $951,128 to help the vision impaired and to help our
community. Projects which serve our community include:
- Preschool Vision Screening for children ages 2 through 5 throughout Garland and surrounding counties
to detect early vision problems.
- Collection of Glasses for repair and recycling in areas of need throughout the world
- Keep Hot Springs Village Beautiful road side litter collection three times per year
- Introduction of school children of the precepts of freedom on Liberty Day
- Meals on Wheels in the village for the month of January
- Two scholarships to the summer Blind Camp plus volunteer assistance at the camp.
- Active participation in the support of the daily activities of the summer Blind Camp
at Yorkton Bay on Lake Ouchita.
- Transportation for the vision impaired
- Support of the FOCUS program to help aging villagers with loss of eye sight.
- Sponsor of an International Peace Poster contest for 12 & 13 year old school children
to create an artistic vision of international peace.
Projects and organizations we assist with the funds that we raise include:
- World Services for the Blind: An organization in Little Rock that trains the blind or visually imparied
to function independently, to live full, productive lives with dignity and self-respect.
- Arkansas Lions Eye Bank and Laboratory: An organization that helps restores vision through
corneal transplants donated to provide sight to someone in need.
- Mid-South Sight and Hearing: Treats indigent patients from Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and
Tennessee in an effort to preserve and restore their sight or hearing.
- Lions of Arkansas Foundation: Lions helping Arkansas Lions serve the needs of the state of Arkansas.
- Lions Club International Foundation: Lions helping Lions serve the world wide needs.
- Lions Leader Dog program in Rochester, Michigan.
- Other local charities such as Red Cross, Teen Challenge of Arkansas, AR Sheriff's Ranch,
Ouachita Children, Samaritan Ministries, Potters Clay, SCAT and many others
We raise our funds with the following projects:
- Annual Golf Tournament in October at one of the village courses.
- Chili Day and Silent Auction on the second Saturday in March at the Cornodo Center.
- White Cane Day: A once a year collection at the entrances of local businesses.
- Flag Sales: Installation of flag poles and flags for village residences.