Lions Club efforts widespread |

Lions Club efforts widespread

Lions Club International began as the dream of a Chicago insurance man, Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.

The first organizational meeting was held June 7, 1917. Three years later Lions became an international club, when the first club in Windsor Ontario Canada was formed.

Perhaps the single event having the greatest impact on the association service commitment occurred in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio. It was there that she challenged the Lions to become Knights of the Blind in the Crusade Against Darkness.

In any catastrophe in the world, such as flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, we are there. Lions clubs are 1.4 million men and women in more than 44,000 clubs located in 189 countries.

In 1987 Lions clubs became the first major service club to admit women as members. The Sacramento and Sierra Foothills will have a woman District Governor in 2003-2004. Locally Grass Valley Host Lions has a lady president. There are six Lion Clubs in Nevada County.

Eyesight is our main challenge. We gather used glasses, restore and make them available to Third World Countries. We provide glasses to the needy through local programs. We provide guide dogs. We have Deaf camps for the hearing impaired. We have youth exchange programs with other countries. We support and nurture the scouting programs. We have a Student Speaker Contest for the high school students.

Locally, we have built or helped to build playgrounds in Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley. We built the LOVE Building and the fishing dock at Condon Park, Lions Lake at the Fairgrounds, projects at Hennessy School and helped with other projects at the other schools.

We are always looking for new members. If anyone asks you to join a Lions Club, please consider it. We have orientations once a month. If you are interested please call, 274-2104 for more information.

Arnie Romanello

Membership Chairman

Grass Valley Host Lion

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