LIONS CLUB VISAKHAPATNAM - A brief history
Lions club of Visakhapatnam is a pioneer service organization in Visakhapatnam working for the welfare of the community since 1958. Under the leadership of the then famous Vice• chancellor of Andhra University, Dr.V.S.Krishna, prominent and highly respected citizens from different professions in Visakhapatnam joined hands to create a wonderful social service club, Lions club Visakhapatnarn. Ever since its inauguration in 1958, the club is doing humane service to the poor and needy in the community
Lions club Visakhapatnam produced many leaders to lead lionistic service activities not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in South India. Great leaders like Dr.K.V.Gopala Swamy , former Registrar of Andhra University, Dr.S.S.Reddy former Professor of Surgery and renowned Surgeon in Andhra Pradesh, D.V.Subba Rao former President of Bar Council of India, Ex Mayor of Visakhapatnam City and Former Vice- chairman of Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority, Lion A.S.Raja , a prominent businessman, Lion Prof.N.V.N.Durgaprasad Rao, a well known Academician of National and International repute and Lion D.S.P.Varma , CEO of Real Estate Company served lionism as District Governors.
The present membership strength is 243. Legal experts, judges and prominent business persons are the proud members of Lions club Visakhapatnam.
Lions club Visakhapatnam was sponsored by Lions Club Hyderabad in 1958. Lions club Visakhapatnam in turn sponsored Lions Club Vizianagaram , Lions club Anakapalli , Lions club Visakhapatnam South , Lions club Srikakulam , Lions club Visakhapatnam North , Lions club Visakhapatnam Waltair, Lions Club Bheemli , Lions Club Chittivalasa , Lions club Narasapur, Lions Club Palkol, Lions club Anandapuram and Lions club Srikakulam Central.
Ever since its inauguration in 1958, the club is doing humane service to the poor and the needy through free medical camps, Eye Surgery camps ( every year not less than 500 cataract surgeries), Polio camps, Family planning camps, ENT camps, Cardiac surgery camps and Veterinary camps etc. These medical services are extended not only to the urban poor but also to rural areas of Visakhapatnam District. The club is also involved in large scale tree plantation programmes and played a major role in greenery development in Visakhapatnam City. In case of Natural calamities, Lions club Visakhapatnam stands by the victims in extending temporary relief immediately and rehabilitation afterwards.
In addition to the above mentioned periodical service activities, Lions club Visakhapatnam has taken up many permanent service projects.
In 1978, the club started a special school for the hearing-impaired children in Santhi Ashram, which was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Dr.Marri Chenna Reddy. The school provided livelihood through jobs for several students. The school is recognized by the State and the Central Governments and is running well.
Impressed by the service activities of the club, Government of Andhra Pradesh allotted
900 Sq.Yards of land to Lions Club of Visakhapatnam in 1975 through a deed of conveyance.
A four storied multi-purpose community center was built in this site in due course and now the
Lions Club building is a land mark of service in Visakhapatnam City.
Lions club Visakhapatnam constructed several Bus Passenger shelters for the convenience of local commuters in the city.
In Ramakrishna Beach, Lions club of Visakhapatnam constructed a park for Children, which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Lions club Visakhapatnam played major role in the construction of artificial limb centre in Government King George Hospital. The club donated several needy items on different occasions to the Government King Gorge Hospital and Government Victoria hospital for women. Lions club Visakhapatnam constructed class rooms for Ramakrishna Mission School in Maharanipeta, Visakhapatnam.
Lions club Visakhapatnam is granting Scholarships amounting to lakhs of Rupees to the poor and meritorious students at various levels to pursue their education. It also extends medical support to the poor and needy through its charitable trust.