Formation: October 10, 1917
Founder: Melvin Jones
Type: Service Club
Headquarters: Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S.
The Lions motto is "We Serve". Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs. (The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden....so no Trump talk in this club!) The LIONS acronym also stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety.
Membership in the Lions Club is by "invitation only" as mandated by its constitution and by-laws. All member applicants need a sponsor who is an active member and of good standing in the club they intend to join. A prospective applicants must be a person of good moral character in his or her community. Attendance at meetings is encouraged on a monthly or fortnightly basis. Due to the hierarchical nature of Lions Clubs International, members have the opportunity to advance from a local club to an office at the zone, district, multiple district, and international levels.If you would like to join the Lind Lions Club, just approach a Lions member and ask him to sponsor you! They are always willing to take in another member.
In 1987 the constitution of Lions Clubs International was amended to allow for women to become members. Currently, there are no women Lions members in Lind. One member in Lind said he definitely wanted the help of the women, but just didn't think it was necessary for them to attend the meetings. Hahahaha. So, we help, and we stay home during their meetings.
Lions serve. It's that simple, and it has been since we they first began in 1917. Most clubs are universally the same where they meet and join together to donate their valuable time, ideas and efforts to meet a common goal; to improve the communities in which they live.
The Lind Lions are 50+ member strong. They are considered as one of the best clubs in the state boasting of members of all ages and have been awarded and acknowledged for their success. A few years ago, their oldest active member was 98 years old and he rarely missed a meeting or an event. This club is a great example to neighboring towns and other Lions Clubs. The community of Lind respects their Lions Club and relies on them for help and support. The Lind Lions Club supports the young people in Lind, the senior citizens and the needy.
They do a lot of work quietly and 'behind the scenes'.
The 33rd Combine Demolition Derby is currently in the planning stages. With other projects, the Lions will begin preparing for their 2020 June event. Proceeds from the derby weekend will be earmarked to help support many organizations and events in the community.