Lions turn 100 in 2017

By Lion Jim McGlade

Our Lions Clubs’ Internationals was chartered in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions International 100th birthday is this year and there are many activities taking place to celebrate this milestone, one of which is the Lions International Convention being held in its birthplace of Chicago. This convention took place June 30th to July 4th 2017.

The Lions Clubs became an International service organization in 1920 when a Lions Club was chartered in Windsor, Ontario, the first club to be outside the United States of America. The first International President outside the USA was Lion Harry A. Newman from the Toronto area who held this office during the Lions year from 1924/25. Three other Canadian Lions were also International Presidents, and they were Lion Walter Fisher 1949/50 Lion Tris Coffin 1973/74 and Lion Judge Brian Steenson 1983/84. The 1924/25 Lions year was when Helen Keller asked the Lions membership to be her “Knights of the Blind” which they took on as a project to help all those with issues caused by blindness. Helen Keller was the first Lady Lion of the continent that year. Many used eye glasses have been collected over the past 100 years and eye care clinics have taken place world wide as a result of this challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

Lions Gary Warriner and Don Baker operated the grill at last Saturday’s chicken barbeque.

 

 

 

 

Our Lions Clubs’ Internationals was chartered in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lions International 100th birthday is this year and there are many activities taking place to celebrate this milestone, one of which is the Lions International Convention being held in its birthplace of Chicago. This convention took place June 30th to July 4th 2017.

The Lions Clubs became an International service organization in 1920 when a Lions Club was chartered in Windsor, Ontario, the first club to be outside the United States of America. The first International President outside the USA was Lion Harry A. Newman from the Toronto area who held this office during the Lions year from 1924/25. Three other Canadian Lions were also International Presidents, and they were Lion Walter Fisher 1949/50 Lion Tris Coffin 1973/74 and Lion Judge Brian Steenson 1983/84. The 1924/25 Lions year was when Helen Keller asked the Lions membership to be her “Knights of the Blind” which they took on as a project to help all those with issues caused by blindness. Helen Keller was the first Lady Lion of the continent that year. Many used eye glasses have been collected over the past 100 years and eye care clinics have taken place world wide as a result of this challenge.

 


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