Johnston Lions Club – Serving Johnston Since 1945
And Johnston Lions Foundation
The Johnston Lions Club is the longest functioning service organization in Johnston. We meet at our club’s community building at 6501 Merle Hay Road.
We provided community services such as street lighting and warning sirens before Johnston became a city in 1969. We can help provide eyesight or hearing aid assistance residences of the Johnston School District (otherwise contact the Lions Clubs of Iowa (www.iowalions.org) to locate clubs in your area). If you have eyeglasses or hearing aids to recycle, place them in a Lions donation box at one of several community locations, or contact us. We also operate a medical equipment loan closet for our area.
We have assisted the Johnston schools with volunteer hours, dollars for sports awards banquets, teacher appreciation, bleachers in the gym, Christmas trees, flags, stadium press boxes, student scholarships, and eyeglasses for needy students. In a joint project with the Johnston Booster Club, the Lions sells ads for the sports programs, contributing nearly $4,000 each year to assist with school enhancements. We assist with car-parking at home football games.
In 1989 we built our community building for our club and we also make it available for rental for weddings, receptions, parties, meetings, and church.
The Lions Club sponsors and staffs the Johnston Farmers’ Market, held 21 weeks each summer. An annual Book Sale raises nearly $2,500 each year for the Johnston Public Library. Other contributions aid eye sight related programs. We are fortunate to be able to make timely contributions to provide emergency relief for national and international disasters.
Our mission is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement.
Contact us at:
PO Box 52
Johnston, Iowa 50131
The Johnston Lions Club is incorporated as a 501(c)4 organization, reflecting its civic purpose of promoting social welfare. As such, the club is exempt from paying federal income taxes. However, contributions to the club are not tax deductible for the contributors; and the club is not exempt from paying state sales tax. Each year, the club files an IRS form 990 which is available for public inspection. The filing for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 is available here: Lions 2021 f990ez. We have made more than $20,000 in contributions for various purposes for each of the last several years except the pandemic year.