About Us

The Orrville Lions Club is part of the World's largest service club organization, Lions Club International, which has over 1.35 million members in 46 thousand clubs and in more than 200 countries and geographic areas.

Lions Clubs were founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1917, by businessman Melvin Jones. Since its inception, Lions Clubs International has been dedicated to helping those less fortunate in their communities and around the world. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the members to be "knights of the blind." "We Serve" became the association's official motto in 1954.

In the summer of 2014, the Orrville Lions Club took the giant step in deciding to put on the Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest as it major fundraiser of the year. Prior to that, we had partnered with Main Street Orrville and handled the food vendor portion of the Fest. This event is an undertaking that begins its planning for the next year immediately following the event held on the third weekend in August each year. We rely on over 200 volunteers from the community to help make this event happen. Our club spends over 2000 hours of planning to make sure this is Orrville's premier event of the summer. All the proceeds from this event are given back to the community in the form of the service we provide.

To learn more about Orrville Lions Club, visit our website at orrvillelionsclub.com

The Purpose

The purpose of the Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest is to raise monies to be utilized to fund our many service projects throughout the year for the community. The proceeds collected from our Cruise In $5 registration fee go towards the scholarships we give each year to local high school students. Below are some other ways the Ribfest proceeds are used. Without your support of this event, none of these things would be possible.

Whom "We Serve"

  1. Local Individuals and Families in Need
  2. Local assistance w/ eyeglasses & exams
  3. Local Pre-school Vision screening
  4. Orrville United Way– Happy Feet
  5. Augsburg Lutheran Church Sack Lunch Program
  6. Friendship Meals Program
  7. Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing
  8. Wayne County Children Services - Closet of Hope
  9. Orrville and Dalton College Scholarships
  10. Orrville United Way– Sweet Dreams
  11. Local eyeglass collection for recycling
  12. Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Program on State Rt 57
  13. Orrville Reads Program
  14. Ohio Pilot Dogs Program
  15. Ohio Lions Sight and Hearing Fund
  16. OLERF-Bryan Endowment for Diabetes
  17. Lions Club International Foundation
  18. Ohio Lions Eye Research
  19. Orrville United Way Giving Campaign
  20. Arbor Day trees for all 4th graders at Orrville Elementary School
  21. Relay for Life
  22. Salvation Army Christmas Boxes
  23. Christian Children's Home Pizza Party
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