Mission and History Of Lions Club


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.

Members and Committees


Community Service

Club Functions

Allan Broholm

Bruce Mitchell

Dale Berman

Donald Henzlik

George Gould

James Miller

Jessie Duran

Kelly Miller

Mark Gaffino

Michael Douglas

Michael Herlihy

William Harding

William Henzlik

Jim Jackson

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Robyn Stecklein


Bill Barbel

John Heinen

Judy Riter-Broholm

Mark Guethle

Rhonda Klecz

Richard Blondin

Timothy Phelps

Dan Jackson

Jason Owens

Mike Lowery

Jen Durnas

Denise Duran

Kevin Drendel

Dennis Martz

Dr. Bill Park

Forrest White

Frank Golden

Mark Bozik

Vincent McCann

Wallace Hanford

Andy Jackson

Derek Barton

Club Officers
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Denise Duran

3rd Vice President

Jason Owens

1st Vice President

Todd Niedzwiedz

2nd Vice President