An Active Adult Community



The Sun Lakes Lions Club got its start by two men- Cliff Wright from Michigan and Bill McConnell from Canada.  The Sun Lakes Lions club was chartered by Lions Clubs International (LCI) on February 18, 1985  with a letter dated February 27, 1985 from LCI President H.A. Mason.  The Charter Night Celebration took place with great fanfare at Sun Lakes Country Club on Tuesday, March 19, 1985.  There were 28 members.  Bob Laxton was the Club’s first President and Bob Bender was the first Secretary.  This Club held fundraisers such as a Chili Supper, sale of Christmas Luminaries and the well-known Phase 1 Flea Market.

What are Lions?  They are 1.3 million active men and women in more than 200 countries and 45,000 clubs worldwide, best known for fighting blindness, the Lions are the largest service organization in the world. 

Today the Sun Lakes Lions Club continues “To Serve” the community and the world with their Flag Program where about 1900 flags are put out in the Sun Lakes area on six (6) major holidays.  Money generated goes to many local charities such as:  Agave Quilters, CAP, Chandler Food Bank, Neighbors Who Care, Sun Lakes Anglers, SLHOA’s, Sun Lakes Charities (Child Spree), Sun Lakes Posse, Threads of Love, Veterans Admin Services, Sun Lakes Fire Stations, Flags for First Graders, Peace Poster Contest for Schools, Scholarships for high school students, etc.

Sun Lakes Lions also service state and international needs:  ALERT (Eyeglass collections), International Youth Exchange, Disaster Relief, Leader Dog’s for the Blind, Casino Night for Camp Tatiyee, Lions Foundation of Arizona, Lions Sight & Hearing, Lions Vision Center, Lions Quest Youth Program, Melvin Jones Lions International Memorial at Ft. Thomas, AZ, Diabetes Awareness.

The Lions motto is “To Serve”.  Come join us for “fun” and service to others.




*Cottonwood Palo Verde at Sun Lakes is an age 55 and older housing community in accordance with the Arizona and Federal Fair Housing Acts.