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Melvin JonesWhat does it mean to be a Lion? We suspect that the symbol has different meaning to different members, but to our founder, Melvin Jones, it means working together to improve our communities.

Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879, in Fort Thomas, Arizona. His father was a US Army captain so eventually his family relocated east. Melvin made Chicago, Illinois, his home as a young man and became associated with an insurance agency, eventually starting his own firm. He later joined the Business Circle and was elected secretary. Because the group members seemed to be only interested in the financial aspects of the club, Melvin knew they were destined to fade out, and one day vanish.

He asked himself, “What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents together to work improving their communities?” On June 7, 1917, Lions Club International was born.

Nearly 100 years later, Lions Clubs all over the globe are celebrating the birth of We ServeMelvin Jones in Worldwide Service Week. Lions and Lionesses are coming together to host a service project of their club’s choice to benefit youth, vision, hunger or the environment.

As you know, the mission of Lions Pride is to preserve, protect and provide for Lions Camp in addition to other WLF projects which help the Lions of Wisconsin serve their local communities. This week, we’d especially like to hear from you! How is your club celebrating Worldwide Week of Service? Share your photos with us on our Facebook page and let’s show others what being a Lion is all about.