District 5m-2 Lions News Update December

Growing Leaders

Lion Kathleen Bleckeberg

District Governor

All the Zone meetings are in the books. And I am a ¼ of the way done with club visits. Zone meetings and club visits are my favorite part of being District Governor I get such energy back from everyone and it recharges my Lion batteries.

I want to thank all the Zone Chairs 5m-2 5m-2 Lions’ Ne Lions’ News and host clubs for working so hard putting together great Zone meetings.

The 2nd cabinet meeting was held on November 6th at The Depot in New Prague. The one new item I want to share is we have an addition to the Parade of Green for Mid-Winter 2023: Team Sheehan Foundation. There is an article explaining the foundation on Page 9 in this newsletter.

Please consider supporting this Foundation as well as all of the other Parade of Green Foundations and Projects at the upcoming Mid-Winter Convention. If you have any questions please contact me or PDG Joan Blank.

This newsletter I would like to touch on some LIONS history.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Melvin Jones

Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona, the son of a United States Army captain who commanded a troop of scouts. Later, his father was transferred and the family moved east. As a young man, Melvin Jones made his home in Chicago, Illinois, became associated with an insurance firm and in 1913 formed his own agency.

He soon joined the Business Circle, a businessmen’s luncheon group, and was shortly elected secretary. This group was one of many at that time devoted solely to promoting the financial interests of their membership.

Because of their limited appeal, they were destined to disappear. Melvin Jones, however, had other plans. “What if these men,” he asked, “who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?” 

Thus, at his invitation, delegates from men’s clubs met in Chicago to lay the groundwork for such an organization and on June 7, 1917, Lions Clubs International was born.

Melvin Jones eventually abandoned his insurance agency to devote himself full time to Lions at International Headquarters in Chicago. It was under his dynamic leadership that Lions Clubs earned the prestige necessary to attract civic minded members.

The association’s founder was also recognized as a leader outside the association. One of his greatest honors was in 1945 when he represented Lions Clubs International as a consultant in San Francisco, California, at the organization of the United Nations.

Melvin Jones, the man whose personal code “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else” became a guiding principle for public-spirited people the world over, died June 1961 at 82 years of age.

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, if I don’t know the answer I will find it for you.

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving

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