Rolling Prairie Lions Club
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A Brief History of Lions Clubs International
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objectives and a code of ethics were approved. And the rest is history.
As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2017, it's moment to look back on our long and proud tradition of service and the numerous achievements of our association and Lions around the world.
1917: Melvin Jones and fellow Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs to improve the community.
The first convention takes place at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.
1920: Lions Clubs become international by chartering a club in Windsor, Canada.
1931: Lions head south and establish a club in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
The first international convention outside of the U.S. is held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1939: Members of the Detroit Uptown Lions Club turn an old Michigan farmhouse into a school to train dog guides for the visually impaired, helping to popularize dog guides worldwide.
To provide an organized baseball program for children, Lion Carl Edwin Stotz of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, appeals for support from Lions clubs, YMCAs and other community partners. On June 6, 1939, the very first Little League baseball game is played at Park Point in Williamsport.
1944: The world's first eye bank is created in New York City. Today, most eye banks are Lions-sponsored.
1945: Lions assist in drafting the United Nations Charter, starting a lasting bond with the U.N.
1957: Lions launch youth programs, including the very successful Leo Clubs.
1968: The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is established. Since its founding, LCIF has given more than US$826 million in grants to support the humanitarian work of Lions.
1971: LCI moves to its fourth and final location in Oak Brook, IL, after decades in downtown Chicago.
1987: The association amends its bylaws and invites women to become members. Women are now the fastest growing segment of new members.
There are much more memorable dates above , and this article was taken from http://lions100.lionsclubs.org/EN/about/timeline.php . These are just some important dates, but I believe these should be the most memorable.
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To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Looking for new Lion members! If you are interested in helping out your community, and/or people in need, please contact the Lions Webmaster
Why do you want to be a Lion? There are lots of reasons. We like to bring smiles to peoples faces whether they are seniors, adults, teens or kids. Our motto is "We Serve". Plain and simple. Have to be frank with you. Our club is dwindling and most of our members are seniors. We need a younger crowd with enthusiasm and a willing to help others. We mainly help out our community with scholarships, dictionary projects for kids, peace posters, halloween parties for kids, Christmas baskets for the needy. We will put on fundraisers to help our state projects in Eye sight, diabetes, Cancer Research, and recently, helping out with Alpha 1 disease which one of our dear members has. Since Lions are worldwide, we also support catastrophies when countries are in need. Being a lion also helps an individual in direction and leadership. We have volunteers that chair different projects and gives them experience in organization. There is lots to say about a Lion, but if you are really interested, please send the webmaster an email and we will give you details.
Scholarship Recipients are in the Notices section, and more info.
Meetings are held every 1st Tuesday of the month at the United Methodist Church in Town, and the Board of Directors meeting is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Rolling Prairie Community Center
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Rolling Prairie Lions Club
PO box 576
Rolling Prairie, In. 46371
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