Our History


LIONS CLUB INTERNATIONAL is a service organization of OVER A MILLION MEMBERS with 45,000 clubs in 205 countries.  It was founded in June, 1917,  by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman.  Jones asked his colleagues, “What if men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence, and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities.”  Jones’s code was “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.”  This is the basis of the dedication that Lions and Lionesses make to the importance of community service.  Lions International addresses large scale human needs worldwide.  Women were first accepted into Lions Clubs in 1987. Local Lions and Lioness Clubs in our area are part of Pennsylvania Lions District 14-C.

                                             HELEN KELLER CHALLENGED LIONS                                                      

Helen Keller, who was born in Alabama in 1880, developed a fever at the age of 18 that left her both blind and deaf. With an exceptional teacher, she learned sign language and Braille.  In 1925, she attended a Lions International Convention and challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”  In 1971, Lions Club International declared June 1st to be remembered as “Helen Keller Day.”  Clubs around the world implement sight related projects on Helen Keller Day.


The FIRST LIONESS CLUB EVER was formed in 1975.  Ten years later, the STEWARTSTOWN LIONESS CLUB was chartered in 1985.  Stewartstown Lions Club and other Lions Clubs continue to recognize and support their Lioness Clubs even though there is no longer administrative connection between Lioness Clubs and Lions International.  Stewartstown Lioness members have been invited on an ongoing basis to become Lions members, but we continue to choose to remain an independent club and not become Lions.

As Stewartstown Lioness Club, we are involved yearly in many community projects such as providing college scholarships, and camper sponsorships for Beacon Lodge blind and handicapped camp, and giving Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas families’ holiday food baskets and gifts.  Some Stewartstown Lionesses make nursing home visitations or may participate in Adopt-a-Highway.  Funds raised through the Ways and Means committee activities have been used for food vouchers, support of several other organizations that serve the public, and support to the Stewartstown Lions in their projects for the community.  We are always looking for new ways to help our community as our pledge avows:  

“We pledge to give of our time, our energy, and the love of our heart…”




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