Lions Club

Lions Clubs International Mission and History

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, objects and a code of ethics were approved.

Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We’re a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.

Lions Clubs – Ready to Help, Worldwide

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.

The World’s Largest Service Club Organization

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

For more information about Lions Club International, visit our website HERE

Bennington Lions Club Members

Our Motto: “We Serve”

Steve Aksamit
Mark Bacon
Kent Berkley
Gary Burt
Ronald Cherry
Frank Cole
Robert M. Hagmeier
Edwin Hamilton
Chuck Heaton
Joe Hill
Loy James
Joe Krause
Burke Matthews
James McClain
Gerald Newell
Bernard Reginer
Justin Robinson
Dakota Rohleder
Jack Stenfors
Fred VanRanken
Dwayne Walls
Bob Ward
Terrence Wiesen