June 7, 1917 Lions were formed by Melvin Jones. The first club was formed in Alaska in 1940 in Juneau. Now we have 75 clubs in our great State with approximately 2500 people serving.
It’s been 100 years in the making, and now our Centennial year is finally here. Lions have already served over 130 million people during the Centennial Service Challenge, invited new Lions to join us in service, and completed over 10,000 Legacy Projects in communities around the globe. And we’re just getting started. Lions are challenged to induct as many new lions on June 7th to celebrate and honor Melvin Jones.
It has been a great honor and responsibility to lead Lions into our Centennial year. The hard work and dedication of our leaders makes our clubs and our association stronger. It has been a tremendous time to honor the legacy of Melvin Jones, the work of our district and the service of the Lions who came before us.
Lions of Alaska have been so successful in our communities throughout Alaska. From bringing water to a remote village to dictionaries for school to vision screening 18,000 to helping someone get glasses for the first time…shall I go on? Lions are there for their communities.
Our clubs continue daily in many ways to see how many more people they can serve, how many friends and neighbors they can invite, and how many communities they can impact. Together we can reach new heights as an association, and position ourselves to achieve our LCI Forward goal of serving 200 million people per year by 2021.
Lions of Alaska are extremely dedicated to their communities. I thank them for their commitment to service and achieving our Centennial goals!
If you would like to learn more about being a lion, visit www.lionsclubs.org, check out Chugiak Lions, Eagle River Lions or Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions. We are on Facebook, or have personal webpages. Come join us and find out how you can serve.
Lion Karen Burns, District Governor