PO BOX 931
RICHMOND KY 40476-0931
Contact Information
Address PO BOX 931
RICHMOND , KY 40476 0931
Phone (859) 624-2182
Contact Name Ordelle Hill
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Richmond Lions Distributing Emergency Aid After the 2009 Tornado
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2000
Former Names
Richmond Kentucky Lions, Inc.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement "The Richmond Lions Charities, Inc., serves the Richmond Kentucky community by promoting eyesight issues locally through eyesight screenings, eye exams, and eyeglasses to community members without means, and by providing scholarships to local students; by supporting local agencies and organizations through service and donations; and by contributing to district, multi-district, and International Lions causes and programs through service and donations."
Background Statement Organized in 1931 and one of the earliest Lions clubs in Kentucky, the Richmond Lions Club is affiliated with Lions International, the largest service organization in the world. Inspired by the words of Helen Keller who spoke at a 1925 meeting of the then young Lions organization, Lions International dedicated itself to helping the blind and vision impaired, and it was to this end that the new Richmond Lions club began its volunteer work in the community and continues to do so after 82 years. This was its primary mission, but throughout its history, it initiated or supported noteworthy projects throughout the community. During the depression, when the club was formed, it paid the expenses for a blind girl to go to the Mayo Clinic for examination and treatment,  it sent a young man with a cleft palate to Michigan for an operation, and it provided funds for unemployed men to work on local civic projects (parks and playgrounds); during the war years, it aided in the war bond effort, conducted scrap metal and paper drives, and collected money for China relief; and in the 1940s through the 1960s, it raised and contributed money for the "poor farm," the Telford Community Center, and the county library. More recently, in 2001, the Richmond Lions  facilitated a grant of $40,000 from Lions International to build a Habitat House for a local blind man, and in 2009, the Richmond Lions administered a grant of $10,000 from Lions International to meet the emergency needs of local citizens whose homes had been destroyed in the destructive tornado of that year. For its part, the Richmond Lions regularly contributes to the Lions International Foundation for its responses to to world-wide crises (Katrina, the earthquake-tsunami in Japan, measles and night blindness epidemics).  In our ongoing activities on the local level, we conduct several eyescreenings a year at local health fairs, and we have recently purchased a Thermo machine for the blind/vision impaired children in our community. One notable event that occurs every year, in June, is our participation in Special Olympics held here in Richmond. Led by our own Lion Bill Reynolds, a renowned optometrist who organized the eye care program for the Olympics, we screen athletes and provide full exams for them, typically over 170, and  free glasses are provided for athletes who need them. In various ways, but especially in the area of eyesight, we follow our motto, "We Serve."
Impact Statement
(1) Our number one program for this past year, as in years past, has been eyesight screenings, eye exams and eyeglasses for community members without means. This has been our signature program since our founding in 1931.
(2) We increased our scholarship award from $500 to $1000.
(3) We have financially supported the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation which does cornea transplants and other surgeries for Kentuckians without means.
(4) We have financially supported the Kentucky Lions Camp Crescendo, a large camp site especially established for children with special needs, such as sight and hearing impairment,  HIV,  heart conditions, or emotional issues for children in foster care.
(5) We have held three types of fundraisers this past year: two pancake breakfasts, one of which especially recognizes veterans on Veterans Day; a food booth at the All-American Festival, a local park festival featuring pottery and other crafts; and our American Flag Raising days when we mount flags for local businesses (63 this past year).
(1) Our number one goal is to increase the number of eye exams and eyeglasses we can provide for those without means in our community; the need is certainly evident during these times, and our revenue should increase to meet that need.
(2) We hope to do better in our fund raising (particularly the flag project described above) so that we can better fund the eyeglass program.
(3)  We plan to initiate Kids Sight, a program by which Lion members visit local elementary schools in order to screen students for vision problems.
Needs Statement
(1) We want more members who are willing to work in the community, especially for our eyesight program.
(2) In particular, we need Kids Sight volunteers who would be especially adept in working with elementary school children for eyesight screening.
(3) We need a liaison between our club and the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation (KLEF), one who would be willing to make occasional trips to Louisville to coordinate with the eyesight surgery medical officers in Louisville.
(4) As with most organizations, we need more financing, particularly for our  our community needs of eyesight exams and glasses.  A goal of $5000 would help to increase our charities budget that has been depleted by about that amount in the last five years.
(5) In a time of increased financial educational costs, we would like to increase our scholarship fund by $15,000. This would enable us to award two scholarships of $1000 each (instead of one) for applicants who may be especially interested in eyesight conservation or special needs education, one of the criteria in our Scholarship guidelines.
Board Chair Statement Our biggest challenge as a club is recruiting dedicated members who are willing to work for community causes, especially eyesight conservation, although our recruiting has recently improved, in part because of the work of our membership committee. Moreover, in the effort to do a better job of telling our story,  we have recently created a public relations committee that works to publicize our events on television, radio, the newspaper, and Facebook.   As a member of the Richmond Lions since 1989, I was impressed from the beginning that the Lions club was primarily a service organization whose goal was to help answer  the need for eyesight conservation, a unique cause that no other service organization responds to. That service continues through our regular eye screening events and particular events such as our presence at Special Olympics. In my time as a Lions member, I was deeply moved by our response to two noteworthy events. In 2001, we sponsored the construction of a Habitat house for a local citizen, Travis Gibbs, who is legally blind. We acquired the $40,000 grant for the house, which paid for the major cost of construction, and we furnished a substantial part of the labor during construction. One of the poignant moments of that construction was watching the sight-impaired Travis leaning out of an open window space in order to drive nails, sweat equity on his part. He was proud of his home, and we were proud to help make it happen, a home that was recently (2013) paid off. Another big event was our response to the devastating tornado of 2009. Within a day after it struck, we applied for a $10,000 grant from our International Organization to meet emergency needs of citizens who lost their homes, and within a few days it was approved. We then set about distributing vouchers at local meeting places near the sites where the destruction was most severe. These vouchers were then redeemed at local businesses, primarily grocery and clothing stores. Within a few weeks, we had completed our distributions of the full grant. Finally, within the last two years, we have embarked on a flag raising project that we perform as a patriotic action and as a fundraising effort. In the course of the year, we mount flags on six patriotic days throughout  the Richmond business area (68 flags this past year). These are just a few examples of Lionism at work in Richmond, KY, though the examples could be multiplied by the smaller examples of individual members talking with citizens in need, particularly listening to their stories, and wherever possible, helping to make a difference in their lives.  
Geographic Areas Served
Madison County
We serve the area of Richmond, KY (40475) and rural areas of Madison County surrounding Richmond.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ordelle Hill
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2013 to June 2014
Board Members
Richard Bogard Community VolunteerVoting
George Civey Community VolunteerVoting
Fred Crump Community VolunteerVoting
Bill Davig Community VolunteerVoting
Don Hale Community VolunteerVoting
Ordelle Hill Community VolunteerVoting
Charles Horn Community VolunteerVoting
Jason Morgan Community VolunteerVoting
Juran J.D. Parks Community VolunteerVoting
Danny Presnell Community VolunteerVoting
Kathy Randles Community VolunteerVoting
Richard Smart Community VolunteerVoting
John Wilson Community VolunteerVoting
Justin Woosley Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 57%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 10%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Co-Chair
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments Our most active committee, which I included under "programs," is the Eyesight and Hearing committee, which is our signature service to the community.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ordelle Hill
Term Start July 2013
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Our eyesight program has been our signature program since the founding of the club back in 1931. We provide eye exams and eye glasses over the years on a regular basis for any applicants in need from Richmond and the rural areas in Madison County.  In addition, we participate in several health fairs during the year where we do eye screening and recommend further examination if needed.  In one of our highlight eyesight events, the Richmond Lions club is  unique among Lions clubs in hosting the eye screening for hundreds of athletes attending the annual Special Olympics here in Richmond and in making free eyeglasses  for those who need them (we have several optometrists in our club) .  Finally, where there are special medical or crisis emergencies drawn to our attention, we facilitate treatments or operations, usually by referral to the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation in Louisville. 
Budget 2000
Population Served , ,
Our scholarship program, supported by an investment fund begun over ten years ago with memorials upon the death of one of our members, is available to any qualified graduating school senior from Madison Central, Madison Southern, or Model High School or any current undergraduate or graduate college student in Madison County. For a number of years, the value of the scholarship was $500, but last year we were able to offer a $1000 scholarship. Awards are based on a combination of factors, including academic achievement, extracurricular and community activities, and potential for success in higher education. Particular consideration may also be given to anyone who is sight impaired or who has an interest in special education.
Budget 1000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2014
Projected Revenue $8,346.00
Projected Expenses $8,862.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$75$105
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,245$185$2,191
Membership Dues$1,954--$1,056
Special Events$3,310$1,691$1,069
Revenue In-Kind$100$100--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$3,912$2,140$3,460
Administration Expense$777$408$613
Fundraising Expense$300$300$300
Payments to Affiliates$1,392$1,371$1,269
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.401.220.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses61%51%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%17%26%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$23,119$21,252$22,195
Current Assets$7,226$7,893$10,513
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$23,119$21,252$22,195
Form 990s
2012 2012 990N
2011 2011 990N
2010 2010 990N
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments We will have an audit completed by the end of our fiscal year (June 30, 2014).
Foundation Staff Comments This nonprofit files the 990N postcard, which contains no financial information. All financials were provided the organization. Numbers are unaudited. 
Address PO BOX 931
RICHMOND , KY 404760931
Primary Phone 859 624-2182
CEO/Executive Director Ordelle Hill
Board Chair Ordelle Hill
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer