What is an Endorsed Project?

An MD4 sponsored or endorsed project is one that has been reviewed and approved by the current Council of Governors to seek support and funds from Lions clubs throughout Multiple District Four. Through council endorsement, all fifteen Governors are approving solicitation within their own district. This means the project does not need to contact each Governor for individual district endorsement.

This is different from a district project that seeks support from the Lions clubs within the boundaries of that district only. A project may not solicit support or funds outside the boundaries of its own district without the specific approval of the Governor of that district.

Endorsement by MD4 also entitles the project to purchase mailing labels or spreadsheet of data for Lions clubs in MD4. In addition, the project is listed in the annual MD4 Directory.

As stated in the MD4 bylaws, any project or movement seeking endorsement must be in accord with the principles and purposes of Lionism.

Endorsement of any project does not create any agency or financial responsibilities on behalf of MD4.


Criteria - Each project must meet at least three of the stated criteria. In addition, a current financial statement must be on file at the MD4 office as well as a list of the board of Directors of the organization. 

1.    Service – at least 4 sub-districts of Multiple District must participate and receive services.

2.    Fundraising – at least 4 sub-districts must contribute financial support.

3.    Endorsement – the project must be endorsed by 4 or more sub-district cabinets continuing projects.

4.    Board of Directors – the project will have honorary or active Lions on the board or district representatives.

All currently endorsed projects must submit an annual letter stating that they wish to continue as endorsed projects and that all information as stated on their original application is still valid.

Notices of annual review are sent to all projects in December. A new, current financial statement may be requested. The project may include a sample of a promotional brochure describing their project 

MD4 reviews applications and/or letters from each project. These must be received at the MD4 office by January 15.

This list of projects is placed on the agenda at the February council meeting for review. The committee makes its recommendations to the council after reviewing all the submitted paperwork.

New Projects - If a new project wishes to apply for endorsement, the same general procedure is followed. A representitive of the Foundation or project should contact the local District Governor. The District Governor provides the Foundation with an application and the criteria. The completed application and supporting documentation should be sent to the MD4 Lion and Lioness Club Services Committee chairperson, sitting Council Chairperson and the MD4 Office. The council at their next meeting will place the item on the agenda for consideration. Either the District Governor or a representative from the project can make a brief presentation to the council describing the project and why MD4 support is being sought.

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Guide Dogs for the Blind

P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912

Chair Scott Quinlan LMSW and Irish

9206 la Paloma Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708

• E: • C: (714) 200-3964

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.

Established in 1942, Guide Dogs for the Blind continues its dedication to quality student training services and extensive follow-up support for graduates. Our programs are made possible through the teamwork of staff, volunteers, and generous donors. Services are provided to students from the United States and Canada at no cost to them.

Guide Dogs of the Desert

Jennifer Heggie, Development Director, Lions Liaison
11846 Preston Street, Grand Terrace, CA 92313
• E: • C: (909) 709-2612 

Ben Schirmer, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1692, Palm Springs, CA 2263

• (760) 329-6257 • E:

Services: Founded in 1972 by Cathedral City Lions. Guide Dogs of the Desert is a public nonprofit organization endorsed by International and Multiple District 4. 

Mission: Guide Dogs of the Desert provides custom trained guide dogs for the blind, and for those with special needs, for safe mobility, companionship and independence.

It takes a dedicated team from puppy raiser to trainer to make the team a success. All program and services are provided to our clients at no charge. 

Lions Project for Canine Companions

Canine Companions® National Office

Sarah Haberthur, LPCCI National Administrator

P. O. Box 3896, Santa Rosa, CA 95402-3896

• B: (707) 577-1774 • E: 

Services: The Lions Project for Canine Companions (LPCCI) is the Lions Foundation formed in 1983 to create awareness and providing support for Canine Companions, a non-profit organization that provides expertly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships, free of charge. Lions Project has member clubs, awards and sponsorship programs and assists clubs in organizing fundraising activities to support Canine Companions. In addition, many Lions, Lioness and Leos are active puppy raisers and breeder-caretakers for the program that provides exceptional dogs for exceptional people. Call to arrange a presentation today..


Camp for Kids with Diabetes at Lake McCumber

The physical camp address is: 35440 Deer Flat Road, Shingletown, CA 96088

Camp Director Lion Kim Miller
The mailing address is: 2911 Monte Bello Drive, Redding, CA 96001 

• E: • R: (530) 921-2429

Services: Empowering youth to become responsible for individual control of their diabetes while providing a safe, healthy and enjoyable camping experience.

California Lions Camp (Camp Pacifica)

The physical address is: 45895 California Hwy 49, Ahwahnee, CA 93601
The mailing address is: Merced

President Bob Abrahma
3041 Kansas, Atwater, CA 95301 • E: • C: (209) 769-7050

Treasurer Gabrielle Hartzler-McKechnie
1836 K Street, Merced, CA 95248-4818 • E: • C: (209) 603-3553

Services: An outdoor recreational and educational summer program for hearing and sight impaired children, ages 7-15. Campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, arts and crafts, nature and wildlife studies, and tennis. Camperships are $360 a weekly program. RV spots are available for short term use to Lions visiting the area.  Reservations must be made in advance.  Limited to when Camp is open and not in use.  All donations are accepted.

WAYFINDER FAMILY SERVICES (Formally known as Junior Blind of America)

5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 0043

• E: • Toll Free (800) 352-2290 • B: (323) 295-4555 • F: (323) 295-0424

Melissa Wolfish, Foundation and Corporate Relations Manager

• E: • (323) 295-4555 x247 

Ms. Miki Jordan, President & CEO

• E: • (323) 295-4555 x219

Background and Services: Founded in 1953 with the support of Lions clubs from District 4-L3, Junior Blind of America (formerly, Foundation for the Junior Blind) helps children, youth and adults reach their greatest potential. Through its programs and services, Junior Blind strives to be a national leader in empowering those who have physical, developmental, and emotional challenges, and their families to develop independence and build self-esteem. Last year, we served nearly 15,500 students and families throughout California and the Pacific Southwest.

Kases for Kids

PDG Happy Van Caster, Secretary
731 Bethel Avenue, Spc. 94, Sanger, CA 93657
• E: • R/F: (559) 875-2816 (call first) • C: (559) 284-4965

Services: Provides suitcases for children who have been removed from their homes by child protective services and taken to shelters. Participating clubs collect used suitcases and backpacks, clean them and place a stuffed animal inside each one. These are delivered to the county office of social services. Please call or email for more information.

Lions Camps at Teresita Pines

P.O. Box 98, Wrightwood, CA 2397-0098 • (760) 249-3580 • (800) 585-3245

[Leon Felus, Chairperson of the Board    [ PDG Larry Wehage, President
4640 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292    [ 16645 Grand Avenue, Bellfower, CA 90706
[• E: • C: (310) 780-1169    [ • E: • C: (562) 331-9265

David Garry, Camp Manager

• E: • F: (760) 249-1063

Services: Provides a wide variety of outdoor activities year-round for up to 200 regular and handicapped campers located on 8.5 acres of forestry near Wrightwood, California. 

Activities include: archery, arts & crafts, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming rock climbing wall and even skiing/sledding in winter at nearby Mountain High.

Facilities include: modern dining/main lodge, winterized and summer cabins, historic chapel, athletic field, swimming pool, campfire area, and Indian teepees.

Lions Flag Day

Wayne Nishiura, President 

PDG Robert Ferber

P.O. Box 5351, San Jose, CA 95150

• E:

• R: (408) 268-6739 • C: (408) 821-5146 • F: (408) 323-1205

Services: Provides American flags to for distribution to school children.

The Lions Flag Day Program was endorsed by LCI in 1978. It was established to promote patriotism and respect for the American flag in the elementary schools and communities of America through the personal involvement of members presenting patriotic programs. American Flags and appropriate brochures explaining the American flag are presented to the students attending the school program. The success of the program itself does not depend on the grandness of the presentation as it does the sincerity of the presenters and the participation of the students. Presentations ranging from a simple flag to more elaborate ceremonies involving the entire student body faculty, community civic leaders and musical bands can, in their own way, be appropriate and contribute to the success of the program. 

Lions MedicAlert™ Children’s Program 

MedicAlert Foundation

Services: MedicAlert Foundation in partnership with the MD4 Lions has developed a children’s program to provide MedicAlert’s services and a Medical ID free of charge to children in need between the ages of 4-14. This charitable program works with school nurses to identify and enroll elementary and junior high school children with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, autism, food allergies, or special needs.

MedicAlert medical IDs are linked to our live 24/7 emergency medical information and identification services. Our medical ID services relay critical information to emergency responders.

Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc.

Camp: P. O. Box 8, Roseville, CA 5661-9998

Website:, :,

Danny Raymond, President
E: • C: (408) 813-2091

Gold Country Lions Camp - Ross Relles    (530) 470-0413

PDG Nick Nichol, Site Director

Website:, : (916) 965-3898

Services: Provides weeklong camp FREE to Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children ages 7 – 17. Lions provide camperships at $400 to help provide staff proficient in American Sign Language. In the North, camp is at Camp Ross Relles above Nevada City, CA. in the heart of Gold Country next to Malakoff Diggins State Park. South Camp is at Teresita Pines near Wrightwood in the Angeles National Forest.

Activities: strengthen communication skills while having fun at archery, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming, crafts and sports. 

Modern facilities: heated pool and nearby lake at both camps. 


Folsom Project for the Visually Impaired    (916) 351-3032

P. O. Box 6422, Folsom, CA 5763-6422

PDG Don Ring, Program Supervisor and President

Founded by, FPVI provides several alternate-media services, including: 

1) Reading of books on tape (soon digital recordings will be available).

2) Closed captioning on VHS for the hearing impaired.

3) Gauge and distribute eyeglasses for the visually impaired.

4) Braille textbooks for blind children.

5) Tactile illustrations and maps for the blind.

6) Computer assistive technologies that ensure web pages, office documents and other electronic mediums are available to the blind/sight impaired on computer. FPVI serves the California public free of charge.

World Services for the Blind    (800) 248-0734

2811 Fair Park Blvd., Little Rock, AR 72204

• B: (501) 664-7100 • E: • E:

The mission of World Services for the Blind (WSB) is to empower blind or visually impaired adults in the United States and around the world to achieve sustainable independence.
Board Chairperson, PDG Ken Reed • R: (951) 306-6607 • C: (951) 306-9650 • E:


City of Hope

500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010

Angele Price, Senior Executive Director at City of Hope | (818) 486-8468

PDG Manny Sanchez, Lions/COH Diabetes Campaign Chair | (562) 708-9061

PCC David Radtke, Lions/COH Committee Chair | (951) 965-8354


World-renowned clinical research hospital treating cancer, diabetes, AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. Physicians and scientists work together to conduct clinical research and provide patient-centered treatment. Current Lions Project involves the Lions Diabetes Innovation Fund, $1 million pledge in the fight against diabetes and its many complications.

Donate to the Lions Clubs Diabetes Innovation Fund at City of Hope

The Lions Clubs of California and City of Hope partnership is built on the core value of serving humanity for a better tomorrow. This partnership has been an integral part of the City of Hope family for more than 60 years. In 2019, Lions Clubs of California embarked on a journey with City of Hope to end the fight against diabetes. With a goal of $1 million over 5 years, the Diabetes Innovation Fund will consist of projects that are diverse in aims, with the potential to advance research on type 2 diabetes and its many complications. Lions Tribute Day—Sunday March 27, 2022 (tentative)

Diabetes Awareness

Lion Pat Sabol, Director     Federal CLIA #05D0933194

5300 East 6th Street, Long Beach, CA 0814-1856

• R/F: (562) 597-8229 • E:

Services: Diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness in the USA. 17-20 million are diabetic and 16 million are pre-diabetic according to the CDC. CDC predicts there will be 50 million diabetics by 2030. The CDC officially designates diabetes as an epidemic in this country. This project is fully licensed by the state and federal governments to perform diabetic and total cholesterol (cardiovascular related) screenings throughout MD4 with written results within 3 minutes. The project is totally portable and can screen anywhere. The instruments cannot function in direct sunlight and must be within a temperature range of 60-90 degrees Fahrenheit. The project can assist other MD4 District committees to become active, write procedures, obtain licenses and meet all requirements for screening and counseling.

Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada, Inc.

P. O. Box 7999, San Francisco, CA 4120

Mark Paskvan, Program Coordinator

• B: (415) 600-3950 

• F: (415) 369-1225

• E: 

Services: Member clubs are encouraged to refer residents from their community to the Foundation’s eye clinic for surgical care at no cost to the patient. Applicants must be uninsured. The foundation does not provide glasses or contact lenses.

Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation of Southern CA

3450 E. Spring Street, Suite 212, Long Beach CA 90806

• (800) 647-6638 

• E: 

• F: (888) 958-7554

Randy M. Stein, CEO 

• C: (310) 702-8655 

• E:

Programs: The Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation provides cataract, retinal and related surgeries and new digital hearing aids to the needy and working poor of Southern California Application guidelines include:
• Annual income typically between $15,000 and $25,000
• Have no other available medical coverage or can’t afford their copay
• Living in MD4 Districts 4-A3, 4-L1 through 4-L6 Sight & Hearing Services

California Lions Friends in Sight

• E: • Phone/Fax: (951) 845-4559

President - PDG Ken Myers

Vice- President - IPDG Norm Mackenzie

Secretary - PDG Dr. Fredy Perez

Treasurer - PCC Rob Manning

Our Mission: "Restoring Vision-Preventing Blindness"

Our Vision: "Together, We Make Tomorrow Look Better!" 

Scheduled Vision Screenings on our website: 

This project is a 501(c) 3. Donations of all denomination are always welcome, please mail to:
P. O. Box 7 Beaumont, CA 92223

Club programs are available.

Lab & recycling location: 349 E. 4th Street, Beaumont, CA (No mail at this location)

Ear of the Lion Hearing Foundation

Terry Brooks, Director of Membership and Development
850 San Jose Avenue, Suite 115, Clovis, CA 93612
• Toll Free (800) 327-8077
• E: • B: (559) 322-5466 • F: (559) 322-5468

Lion Ron Skidmore, President

• R: (559) 323-4672 • C: (559) 261-5605

Services: A hearing foundation offering to the needy hearing-impaired hearing aids and the collection of used hearing aids.

Lions In Sight of California Nevada

Lion Corina Van De Pol, President • E: • C: (949) 241-3939

Lion Tamara Sternod, First Vice President • E: tsternod@gmail.comm • C: (775) 530-5277

PDG Linda P. Griffin, Secretary • E: • C: (510) 507-1080

Lion Khush Bodhan, Treasurer • E: • R: (510) 889-6222

PID Dr. Bill Iannaccone, Chief Operations Officer
• E: • C: (925) 708-4833

Eyeglass Collection Warehouse • (707) 648-2306
Ship glasses to: 1404 Lemon Street, Vallejo, CA 4590

Services: Lions In Sight is the Lions Clubs International used eyeglass recycling center for the Western United States. We conduct eye clinic trips monthly, establish permanent clinics in developing countries, provide eyeglasses to Lions Clubs world-wide, and promote low-cost eye care to people in need in MD4.


(562) 924-6713

Lion Sherriljean Thompson - President
1851 Barrywood Avenue, San Pedro, CA 90731
• E: • C: (310) 948-2436 

Leonardo "Dandi" Chomi Jr. - Secretary
P.O. Box 4800, Panorama City, CA 91412-4800
• E:
• C: (818) 201-6429

Services: The LOVE Program offers complete eye care services, including such specialties as low vision care and vision therapy. The LOVE Program works closely with the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health Los Angeles and LSHSC. While not a free service, the program makes no charges for services rendered to those who cannot afford to pay. SERVICES

Fisher House Foundation

• E: • B: (301) 294-8560

David Grant USAF Medical Center I, II
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
VA Palo Alto HealthCare System
Naval Medical Cener San Diego I, II
Naval Hospital Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
VA Long Beach Healthcare System

Services: Fisher Houses are constructed and furnished to temporarily house families and loved ones visiting military personnel in hospitals and to provide the same for other persons qualified to use such facilities; to provide financial assistance to current members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families; and to make scholarships available to members of military families recognizing the readiness of the military and the role of the commissary in the military community.

You can now donate your Delta miles to Fisher House Foundation to help get airline tickets to injured and ill service members and their families.



2020 - 2021 Officers:
President PDG Manny Sanchez 4-L2
706 W. 1st. Ave, Apt #3, La Habra, CA 90631 • C: (562) 708-9061
Immediate Past President PDG Larry Wehage 4-L2
1st Vice President PDG Bob Susaeta 4-L4

Services: LFI is a non-profit corporation formed to provide organization, support, and fund-raising for the annual International float entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The officers and members of the Board of Directors are elected annually from the Council of Governors, Vice District Governors, and Lions nominated from Multiple District 4. The float is a Marketing Communications icon that informs the parade audience and international television viewers about its community and humanitarian service worldwide.

Lions Eyes Across California

MD4 Council of Governors 2014-15 established and implemented a groundbreaking statewide public relations and recycling event under the title of “Lions Eyes Across California” (LEAC). The mission is to bring awareness to Lionism externally to our public and our communities’; and, internally revitalize core project goals of sight preservation. “Lion Eyes Project” is an umbrella concept under which specific projects can be implemented for a Lions day of action and awareness in California. Each Year's Event will be determined by he sitting Council.

• E:    Sponsored by the MD4 Global Action Team

White Cane Day, Inc.

White Cane Days  P. O. Box 135, Wenatchee, WA 98801

• (509) 423-6715 or (509) 670-1802 Marcia Miller

President Steve Clive

• E: • R: (509) 667-0768

Secretary and Committee Chair Marcia Miller

• E: 

Services: The Wenatchee Central of Washington State will supply all the materials needed for fundraising for White Cane Day to clubs throughout California and Nevada. White Cane Day is recognized by the State of California as a special fundraising event and Lions clubs have permission to solicit monetary support from the general public for the specific purpose of using such funds in sight-related projects in the community.

Robert G. Smith Walk to CaNcel out parkinson's "COP"

Event Chair: PDG Suzanne Royce • E: • (916) 728-5356

April is Parkinson Awareness Month. An annual walk is held on the first Saturday of April each year in honor of Past International Director, Robert G "Bob" Smith to raise awareness of the Parkinson's disease, and raise funds to support our many community members dealing with Parkinson's. Funding comes from our Corporate and Club Sponsors, walk registrations and pledges. All funds are donated to the Parkinsons Association of Northern California (PANC) and are used to provide services for people dealing with Parkinson's and their care partners.

Services: Regional Support Groups in 30+ locations, an Annual Education Conference, Caregiver Respite subsidies, Parkinson Wise program for exercise and wellness professionals and to support research for prevention and cure of Parkinson's. PANC provides service in sixteen counties in Northern California; Butte, El Dorado, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter and Yolo.

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