By William Tauro
This past Sunday the Somerville Lion’s Club held its annual Charity Brunch at the Mount Vernon Restaurant In Somerville.
Over two hundred people including residents, business owners and their employees, friends, relatives as well as other service clubs pulled together and attended the event supporting the Somerville Lion’s Club and its local charities that they support year round.
Lion’s Club Mission Statement
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, 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, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, the’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. They’re a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.