Welcome to the Bairnsdale Lions Club in Victoria
Lions Club International
Lions Clubs International, a service membership organization of over 1.4 million members worldwide, was founded in Evansville, Indiana on 24 October 1916 by Dr. William Perry Woods and subsequently evolved as an international service organization under the guidance and supervision of its Secretary, Melvin Jones.
In 1917, Melvin Jones was a 38-year-old Chicago business leader who 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, US. The Business Circle subsequently joined one of the invited groups, the "International Association of Lions Clubs" and at a national convention held in Dallas, Texas, later that year, those who were assembled: (1) adopted a Constitution, By-Laws, Code of Ethics and an Emblem; (2) established as a main tenet "unselfish service to others", (3) unanimously elected Dr. William Perry Woods as its first President effectively securing his leadership for the first two years of the existence of the International Association of Lions, and (4) selected Melvin Jones to serve as the Organization's Secretary-Treasurer.
Bairnsdale Lions Club History
The Lions Club of Bairnsdale was chartered on the 11th October 1969 with 25 charter members. Currently Bairnsdale Lions enjoy the fellowship, service of 24 members.
Over the last 50 years Bairnsdale Lions have performed over a hundred thousand hours of community service, raising over $1 million dollars for our community.
The Club is governed by a President and a Board of Directors, all of whom are elected by members anually in March each year.Term of office is for 12 Months commencing mid year, Two Vice Presidents cordinate the clubs activities, with all members contributing.
Bairnsdale Club Meetings
The Club meets twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Thursdays evening at the Bairnsdale Bowls Club. Club meetings are generally dinner meetings at a cost of $23 per head for catering purposes. Often guest speakers contribute to interesting and varied evenings Members may attend & not eat.
The Board meets each month.