DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — The city may get its very own Lions Club after volunteers from the nonprofit organization in Crestview said they've identified a need for services.

Lou Jones, member of the Crestview Lions Club, said his group receives about five requests per month from DeFuniak Springs residents asking for eye care and hearing services.

"Because we're the closest Lions Club to DeFuniak Springs, all of those requests get sent to us," Jones said. "Lions Clubs have the reputation of providing glasses and eye care. The fact that we're receiving these requests tells us that we have a need for an organization down there."

In response, Jones said Crestview Lions Club members will go to DeFuniak Springs on Sept. 24, 25 and 26 to ask business professionals, especially optometrists, to join the club. There also will be an organizational meeting at noon, Sept. 27 at McLain's Family Steak House in DeFuniak Springs. If at least 20 people want to join, a Lions Club will be established.

There will be a second organizational meeting at noon, Oct. 4 at McLain's.

The Lions Club was founded in 1917 and has clubs in Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Crestview and Baker, according to its website. Jones said each club works on larger projects such as providing blankets, gloves and health care items to the homeless.

For more information, contact Jones at 850-533-9790 or at Lou.1941@yahoo.com. The monthly dues are $7.50 plus a one-time charter fee of $30. Veterans do not have to pay the one-time charter fee, Jones said.