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Local Lions Club Celebrates 94th Year Of Service


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Have you ever heard of a Lions Club? Not the kind of four legged roar that you would find at Lincoln Park or Brookfield Zoo but an international group of individuals committed to service. The Lions club is just that, an international organization with the motto, “We serve.” The first Lions Club was actually organized in Chicago in 1917 when a businessman, Melvin Jones challenged other businessmen to put their talents to work to serve others.

Since 1921 there has been an organization known as the Chicago Uptown Lions Club (which serves both Edgewater and Uptown) with the mission of service. Perhaps you have seen boxes for eyeglasses that we collect to be recycled to individuals and countries in need? Or maybe you have seen an aproned person in October collecting on Candy Day for projects such as camps for children who are blind or visually impaired, hearing and vision screenings for children and countless other projects? All of these activities are done through and by the Uptown Lions Club chapter members.

This year, to commemorate the 94th year, the Uptown Lions will honor organizations such as the McCormick Boys and Girls Club and the Southeast Asia Center at the annual gala. The gala will  be held at Furama Restaurant on March 14. The organization meets every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm at Mia Francesca’s at 1039 W. Bryn Mawr. Any are welcome to drop in and find ways to get involved. The Uptown Lions club is the place to serve as a part of the world’s largest service organization made up of individuals, each with his/her own talents serving local organizations right here in our own back yard as well as globally.

There have been many Lions clubs formed over the years all around the globe. The organization went international in 1920 with Canada being the first country to follow and Mexico soon after. In 1925, challenged by Helen Keller, Lions became known as the “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” The Lions International group relays, “Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities.”

For more information contact Lionwes2011@gmail.com.


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