To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.


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, 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.


William Barbel

Derek Barton

Dale Berman

Richard Blondin

Douglas Botkin

Mark Bozik

Allan Broholm

Michael Douglas

Kevin Drendel

Denise Duran

Jennifer Durnas

Mark Gaffino

Mark Guethle

William Harding

Donald Henzlik

William Henzlik

Michael Herlihy

Andrew Jackson

Dan Jackson

James Jackson

Michael Lowery

Dennis Martz

Lynn Miller

Todd Niedzwiedz

Jerry O'Connor

Jason Owens

Dr. Bill Park

Tim Phelps

Sharada Rao

Suresh Rao

Judy Ritter-Broholm

Elijah Smith

Robyn Stecklein

Tom Watgen

Forrest White

Club Officers 2022-2023

President:    Todd Niedzwiedz

Secretary :Derek Barton

Treasurer: Doug Botkin

Immediate Past President: Jason Owens

1st Vice President: Denise Duran

2nd Vice President: Lynn Miller

3rd Vice President: Jen Durnas