The Heart of Missouri Lions


Welcome to District 26-M7

of the

Missouri Lions!

Our district’s 1,400+ Lions are dedicated to serving their communities in Benton, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, and Osage Counties; throughout the United States of America; and around the world.
Each of the district’s 39 Lions clubs is comprised of individuals who have joined together to make their community a better place in which to live and work. These selfless volunteers, essential members of the world’s greatest service organization, give freely of their time and resources to help others.
Helen Keller, in an address to the Lions Clubs International Convention in 1925, challenged the Lions to become “Knights of the Blind” in eliminating preventable blindness. Since accepting that challenge, Lions around the world have undertaken a myriad of projects to cope with vision issues and blindness. These projects begin close to home with providing eyeglasses to those in need; expand across Missouri and the United States with support of our Missouri Lions Eye Research Foundation and other organizations; and even overseas in projects to eliminate diseases that can cause blindness, just to name a few.
However, Lions’ efforts also go well beyond a single focus. Depending on the needs of their local communities, Lions clubs sponsor activities supporting youth programs, provide park facilities, provide college scholarships, and conduct a host of other activities reflecting our motto, “We Serve.”.
Through the great level of service that District 26-M7 Lions provide to their communities, they have truly earned the designation of “The Heart of Missouri Lions.” 

If you are interested in joining the Lions’ bond of service and fellowship, please contact me at 

Serving with Pride!
District Governor Don Soph

District Constitution

(Revised March 1, 2009)


Lions Clubs International

Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core  belief – to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.

Leo Program provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.

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Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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