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 40 members and meet twice monthly at Debras Restaurant on 198 Carmona Rd.,
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. 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 1.4 million members in 200+ countries and districts. This makes Lions
Clubs International the largest service organization in the world. The Breakfast Lions subscribes
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
Secretary: Don Draper (501-226-9406)
Ken Wilson (501-922-1029)
The Association of International Lions Clubs logo has a history and symbolism that should be noted by all Lions clubs members.
On July 8, 2017 the Breakfast Lions Club formed a Foundation to handle all the public charity undertaken
by the club. The official name is "Hot Springs Village Breakfast Lions Foundation, Inc."
This foundation received its Employer Identification Number 82-3291606 on November 2, 2017.
The Foundation received its 501c3 exempt status from the IRS on December 15, 2017.
The DNL number is 26053724005287.
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 44 years, we have contributed $989,000 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
- 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 and Essay contests for 12 & 13 year old
school children to create an artistic vision of international peace.
- Diabetes emergency kits for school children in classrooms and on busses.
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, local food banks 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: Collection at the entrances of Hot Springs Village.
- Flag Sales: Installation of flag poles and flags for village residences.
- Indoor Yard Sale: A once a year garage type sale held in the village.