What is Lions Club About?

Who Are Lions?

Lions Club is an international service club.
Lions meets the needs of local communities and the world. Lions Club International is the world's largest service club. There are 46,000 Lions Clubs around the world. The 1.35 million members of our volunteer organization in 206 countries and geographic areas are different in many ways, but share a core belief – community is what we make it.

What is a service club?
As the term implies, our core belief is that we work to serve our local community and the world community at large. Our local club raises money through the efforts of the women and men who are our members. We sell pancakes at local events, manage the local Forest Service campgrounds, volunteer at the Winter Park Resort and do much more to raise money. Then we give that money away in the form of scholarships and donations to other local non-profits through our foundation. We donate 100% of our profits. We have no paid staff of any kind...we're all volunteers. For more information on our donations, go to the Foundation tab on this web site.

Where is your club?
Our local club is located in the Fraser River Valley in the mountains of Colorado northwest of Denver. We're in Grand County county, which is roughly the size of the state of Delaware with a population of a little over 12,000 people. We serve all of Grand County, but because our county is so large, our primary focus is on the eastern portion of the county. The main communities here in East Grand are Winter Park, Fraser, Granby and Grand Lake. Most of our members live in the US Highway 40 corridor between the Winter Park Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park. We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place!

What's the history of Lions Club?

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 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.

For more information about Lions Clubs International, go to  Lions International Web Site

To see the history of our local club, go to Club History under the About tab on this web site.