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History Gwinn Lions

The Gwinn Lions Club was chartered in August of 1952 with the Rock Lions Club as our sponsor. 2018 represents our 66th year of service. The group's first major project was to acquire an ambulance for the community and assist in the operation of the service as well as fundraisers to support the ambulance service.  In the 1970's they were active in obtaining a doctor for Gwinn, including considerable financial and manpower support for the current Gwinn Clinic. Throughout the club’s existence it has supported various Lions activities as well as purchasing a great many pair of eyeglasses and responding to other emergency needs in the community. Lions Clubs are an international organization and are the world’s largest service organization. 

How Lions Started

Lionism began in the United States in 1917 whan a group of independent clubs responded to an idea presented to them by a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones. The idea was one of service as a group to their fellow men without regard to politics, religion, race, or any of the personal interests of the members. This was heralded as a departure from the trend current at the time for forming clubs basically with a commercial motive. A conference was called of some 25 independent clubs on June 7, 1917 and from this meeting the organization was born.

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Purpose of Lions
  • To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

  • To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.

  • To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.

  • To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.

  • To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.

  • To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.


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