Brief History of Lions Club

Lions Clubs International

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, objectives and a code of ethics were approved. And the rest is history.

As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2017, it’s moment to look back on our long and proud tradition of service and the numerous achievements of our association and Lions around the world.

1917: Melvin Jones and fellow Chicago businessmen found Lions Clubs to improve the community.

The first convention takes place at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, TX.

1920: Lions Clubs become international by chartering a club in Windsor, Canada.

1925: During the international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, Helen Keller charges Lions with becoming “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

1931: Lions head south and establish a club in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

The first international convention outside of the U.S. is held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

1939: Members of the Detroit Uptown Lions Club turn an old Michigan farmhouse into a school to train dog guides for the visually impaired, helping to popularize dog guides worldwide.

To provide an organized baseball program for children, Lion Carl Edwin Stotz of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, appeals for support from Lions clubs, YMCAs and other community partners. On June 6, 1939, the very first Little League baseball game is played at Park Point in Williamsport.

1944: The world’s first eye bank is created in New York City. Today, most eye banks are Lions-sponsored.

1945: Lions assist in drafting the United Nations Charter, starting a lasting bond with the U.N.

1957: Lions launch youth programs, including the very successful Leo Clubs.

1968: The Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is established. Since its founding, LCIF has given more than US$826 million in grants to support the humanitarian work of Lions.

1971: LCI moves to its fourth and final location in Oak Brook, IL, after decades in downtown Chicago.

1987: The association amends its bylaws and invites women to become members. Women are now the fastest growing segment of new members.

There are much more memorable dates above , and this article was taken from http://lions100.lionsclubs.org/EN/about/timeline.php . These are just some important dates, but I believe these should be the most memorable.

Rolling Prairie Lions Club Info

Back in 1939, May 17th to be exact, Rolling Prairie residents decided to form a community club. The Rolling Prairie Lions. There were 15 original charter members. They are:

Arvid V. Anderson
Oscar Halter
Carl G. Harris
Kendall Hewa
Norman J. Houseman
Charles A. Hunt
William W. Ludtke
Jacob Offenbach
Robert A. Russell (Club President)
Jack D. Sneed (Secretary and Treasurer)
Harold J. Tower
Arthur R. Ulrich
Charles Wheatbrook
Robert W. Wiley
Harold Wolcott

1939-40
President: Robert A. Russell
Secretary: Jack B. Sneed
Treasurer: Jack B. Sneed

1940-41
President: Harry Longnecker
Secretary: Jack B. Sneed
Treasurer: Jack B. Sneed

1941-42
President: Kendall Hews
Secretary: William M. Norwood
Treasurer: Robert W. Wiley

1942-43
President: W. R. Lloyd
Secretary: R .A. Russell
Treasurer: R.A. Russell

1942-43
President: W. R. Lloyd
Secretary: R .A. Russell
Treasurer: R.A. Russell

1944-45
President: J. Harold Tower
Secretary: Robert A. Russell
Treasurer: Robert A. Russell

1945-46
President: Russell Wells
Secretary: Lawrence Turak
Treasurer: Lawrence Turak

1946-47
President: Robert Sweitzer
Secretary: Lawrence Turak
Treasurer: Lawrence Turak

1947-48
President: Robert Sweitzer
Secretary: Daniel K. Lenig
Treasurer: Louis Shoemaker

1948-49
President: Lawrence Turak
Secretary: Glen Buel
Treasurer: Frank Buss

1949-50
President: Marvin Bennitt
Secretary: Ray Lang
Treasurer: Frank Buss

1950-51
President: Richard Stevens
Secretary: Harland Clark
Treasurer: Frank Buss

1951-52
President: Clifford Kegebein
Secretary: Edward J. Reznik
Treasurer: Edward J. Reznik

1952-53
President: H.C. Tarnow
Secretary: Lee Poindexter
Treasurer: Lee Poindexter

1953-54
President: William Gring Sr.
Secretary: Lee Poindexter
Treasurer: Lee Poindexter

1954-55
President: Morris Heirbandt
Secretary: Lee Poindexter
Treasurer:

1955-56
President: Edward Ludwig
Secretary: Robert Nickerson
Treasurer: Robert Nickerson

1956-57
President: Charles Wheatbrook Jr.
Secretary: Harold Schroeder
Treasurer: Harold Schroeder

1957-58
President: Carl Young
Secretary: Leslie Foster
Treasurer: Leslie Foster

1958-59
President: Harold Schroeder
Secretary: James Flint
Treasurer: James Flint

1957-58
President: Carl Young
Secretary: Leslie Foster
Treasurer: Leslie Foster

1958-59
President: Harold Schroeder
Secretary: James Flint
Treasurer: James Flint

1959-60
President: Bernahardt Stark
Secretary: Lester Stoner
Treasurer: Lester Stoner

1960-61
President: James A. Blint
Secretary: Lester Stoner
Treasurer: A. Mounce

1961-62
President: Art Lenig
Secretary: Joseph Miller
Treasurer: Arthur Mounce

1962-63
President: Lee H. Williamson
Secretary: Daniel R. Lenig Jr.
Treasurer: Arthur Mounce

1963-64
President: Lester Stoner
Secretary: Richard Lovin
Treasurer: Fred W. Buehrer

1964-65
President: Adolph Weinstock
Secretary: Richard Lovin
Treasurer: Fred W. Buehrer

1965-66
President: Glen W. Hoover
Secretary: Fred W. Buehrer
Treasurer: Fred W. Buehrer

1966-67
President: Joseph Miller
Secretary: Robert L. Wideman
Treasurer: Joseph B. Bozek

1967-68
President: Fred W. Buehrer
Secretary: Robert L. Wideman
Treasurer: Joseph B. Bozek

1968-69
President: Jack Buhrer
Secretary: Joseph B. Bozek
Treasurer: Harold Schroeder

1969-70
President: Paul Depoy
Secretary: Raymond Lange
Treasurer: Harold Schroeder

1970-71
President: Don Grimm
Secretary: James Norris
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1971-72
President: Chancey E. Barnes
Secretary: James P. Norris
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1973-74
President: Theodore M. Hull
Secretary: Charles F. Herbert
Treasurer: Donald C. Grimm

1972-73
President: Lee Williamson
Secretary: James P. Norris
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1974-75
President: Robert L. Wideman
Secretary: Mitchell E. Hayes
Treasurer: Donald Grimm

1975-76
President: Charles Herbert
Secretary: Mitchell Hayes
Treasurer: Donald Grimm

1977-78
President: Joseph Miller
Secretary: Chancey Barnes
Treasurer: Donald Grimm

1979-80
President: Jerry Houser
Secretary: Harvey Kremke
Treasurer: Vincent Bolsega

1976-77
President: Harvey Kremke
Secretary: Mitchell Hayes
Treasurer: Donald Grimm

1978-79
President: Joseph Miller
Secretary: Harvey Kremke
Treasurer: Donald Grimm

1980-81
President: Jerry Houser
Secretary: Theodore Hull
Treasurer: Vincent Bolsega

1981-82
President: Marvin O. Czapansky
Secretary: Theodore M. Hull
Treasurer: Vincent Bolsega

1983-84
President: Stephen F. Price
Secretary: Theodore M. Hull
Treasurer: Harvey Kremke

1985-86
President: Adolph Weinstock
Secretary: Douglas Lenig
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1987-88
President: Richard Groff
Secretary: Lee Williamson
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1989-90
President: Mike Hull
Secretary: Lee Williamson
Treasurer: Carl Raymond Pearson

1982-83
President: Marvin O. Czapansky
Secretary: Theodore M. Hull
Treasurer: Vincent Bolsega

1984-85
President: Eugene Machota
Secretary: Theodore M. Hull
Treasurer: Don Grimm

1986-87
President: Richard Goff
Secretary: Daniel Coffman
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1988-89
President: Theodore Hull
Secretary: Lee Williamson
Treasurer: Glen Hoover

1990-91
President: George Grzesiowski
Secretary: Robert Wideman
Treasurer: Carl Raymond Pearson

1991-92
President: Don Grimm
Secretary: Robert Wideman
Treasurer: Ray Pearson

1993-94
President: Don Grimm
Secretary: Mike Hull
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

1995-96
President: Mark Levar
Secretary: Donna Levar
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

1992-93
President: Jim Blint
Secretary: Robert Wideman
Treasurer: Ray Pearson

1994-95
President: Bill Childress
Secretary: Mike Hull
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

1996-97
President: Wallace Mathews
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

1997-98
President: John Jenkins
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

1999-2000
President: Robert Wideman
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

2001-02
President: John Jenkins
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Mike Hull

1998-99
President: Mike Hull
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Phil Lutz

2000-01
President: Jim Blint
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Mike Hull

2002-03
President: Bill Childress
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Mike Hull

2003-04
President: Dave Jandrisovits
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Mike Hull

2005-06
President: Glenn Swanson
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Mike Hull

2007-08
President: Ron King
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Gus Hernandez

2009-10
President:
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2011-12
President:
Secretary: Dave Jandrisovits
Treasurer: Stephanie Marron

2004-05
President: Gus Hernandez
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Mike Hull

2006-07
President: Dennis Hughes
Secretary: Jerry Pysher
Treasurer: Gus Hernandez

2008-09
President:Dave Jandrisovits
Secretary: Dennis Hughes
Treasurer: Gus Hernandez

2010-11
President:
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Treasurer:

2012-13
President: Stephanie Marron
Secretary: Dave Jandrisovits
Treasurer: Nancy Biggum

2013-14
President: Gus Hernandez
Secretary: Ron King
Treasurer: Ron King

2018-2019
President: Gus Hernanadez
Secretary: Ron King
Treasurer: George Grzesiowski

2019-2020
President: Dave Jandrisovits
Secretary: Ronald King
Treasurer: George Grzesiowski