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Lions an Ennis treasure

Those in the know tell us that the International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones.
He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large so he formed his own group to do just that.
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 in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved.
Among the objects adopted in those early years was one that read, "No club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object." This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the association’s main tenets.
Just three years after its formation, the association became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and ’60s.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.
Broadening its international role, Lions Clubs International helped the United Nations form the Non-Governmental Organizations sections in 1945 and continues to hold consultative status with the U.N.
In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth. Lions clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.
Lions Clubs International has grown to include 1.4 million men and women in 46,000 clubs located in 192 countries and geographic areas.
Locally, the Ennis Noon Lions Club boasts the largest membership of any of our very active service organizations. It would take more ink than we can use in this space to highlight everything the men and women who belong to this organization have contributed to the Ennis community.
Their unselfish, tireless work continues to inspire us and we are grateful for the excellent example of selfless giving they set for all of us in the community.
The Lions paid tribute to their own this week at the club’s annual steak dinner. It was a wonderful time to get a glimpse into the hearts of those who really care that their lives make a difference in their community and in the world.
We want to thank the members of the Lions Club, and all those who work in service organizations in our community.
The legacy of your good works is one of the foundation cornerstones of our future. Because of the contributions of the Lions Club members, our future is bright indeed.

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