Lions International was founded in 1919. The Lions were just a social club until 1925, when Hellen Keller (the famous blind and deaf spokesperson), appeared at one of their meetings. She laid down a challenge for the Lions to become the "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness." From this challenge, the Lions established the White Cane as a symbol of independence for blind people; founded some of the first Leader Dog Schools in the world; and established the majority of the world's eye banks.
From this humble start, the Lions have grown to over 1,400,000 members, the largest service organization in the world!
Officers, 1999 - 2000
President: Jim Townsend
Vice President: Paul Ostby
Immediate Past President: Leonard Konwinski
Secretary: Don Girodat, Ph. (810) 727-3843
Corresponding Secretary: Bob Rapley
Treasurer: Dan Schubert
William Roberts (exp. 00)
Calvin Oke (exp. 00)
Tail Twister: Dan Wung
Asst. Tail Twister: Tom Hebel
Lion Tamer: Larry Hazelhuhn
Membership: Wayne Seifert
Webmaster: Dan Wung, Ph. (810) 727-9524, firstname.lastname@example.org