Intersecting paths at the beginning of the Sierra Park trail.

Edmonds Lions Club

Edmonds, Washington

The one-mile trail of intersecting paths that wind through Sierra park features a variety of native shrubs and trees. 

About Us

History

Portrait of Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International.

Melvin Jones (1879-1961), founder of a Chicago insurance agency and member of a local business networking club, proposed that the clubs join together to improve their communties and help others throughout the world. His philosophy was "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else." Lions Clubs International was formed in 1917. It is now headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. There are over 1.4 million members in 46,000 local clubs in over 200 countries throughout the world. 

Portrait of Helen Keller. She asked the Lions Club to be her knights for the blind.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) lost her sight and hearing after an illness when she was 19 months old. With her beloved teacher, Anne Sulllivan, at her side, she became an author, disability rights advocate, political activist, and lecturer. She graduated from Radcliff College/Harvard University and was the first blind person to earn a B.A. Helen was a guest speaker at the 1925 Lions International convention in Cedar Point, Ohio. During her address, she challenged the Lions to become her "knights for the blind in the crusade against darkness." The Lions accepted her challenge. Sight and hearing have become primary Lions Club projects throughout the world.

 Edmonds Lions Club

The first Lions Clubs formed by Melvin Jones and his colleagues were men-only clubs, as was the Edmonds Lions Club that was organized February 1, 1947. Ray Cloud was charter president. Lake City Lions Club was the sponsoring club.

 

In 1989, Jan Buckner became the first Edmonds lady Lion, opening the door for men and women to work together for the benefit of their communities.

The Edmonds Lions Club is governed by a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Chair. The club's many service projects are carried out through the work of committees.

Edmonds Lions Club
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