Oceanside Sea Lions is one of the over 46,000 local
clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200
countries around the world. Melvin Jones started the
first Lions Club in Chicago in 1917.
1923, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become
the "Knights of the Blind", sight conservation
has been the primary mission of the Lions. Throughout
the world, Lions have dedicated themselves to take up
Miss Keller's challenge.
Oceanside Sea Lions have taken this challenge to heart.
Since the 1960's (with the help of generous local eye
doctors), they have furnished eyeglasses for thousands
of children in the Oceanside, California area. In addition,
they have sent several people to the Southern California
Lions' Eye Institute in Santa Monica for eye operations
performed by highly skilled surgeons at little or not
cost to the recipients.
also support many local organizations such as Local
Schools, Lion Camps at Teresita Pines, Oceanside Pacific
Kiwanis Beach Fun Day, Brother Bennos, and more. As
you may have guessed, all this takes time and money.
To achieve these goals, the Sea Lions have three major
Since 1981, we have sponsored the Miss Oceanside Pageant.
This pageant provides great talent and develop self
esteem. And in 2010 we added the Miss Teen Oceanside
Scholarship Pageant. The event became known as Miss
Oceanside & Miss Teen Oceanside Scholarship Pageant
starting 2010. The winners become goodwill ambassadors
to the City of Oceanside, Oceanside Chamber of Commerce
and Oceanside Sea Lions Club. Our next annual fundraiser
is fun for the whole family "Bowl for the Blind".
Another great fundraiser is "White Cane Days"
where Lions members go to the public and solicit funds.
Keep a look out for Lions at your local shopping centers.
The Lions Club is constantly looking for new and fun
ideas for fund-raising and new members to help us with
this exciting undertakings.
If you are interested in seeing how the men and women
of Oceanside Sea Lions Club work, please fill out the
attached form. "Come join the fun" and support
the citizens of your community.