SCOTTS VALLEY HOST LIONS CLUB was formed in 1969. It was sponsored
by the EAST SANTA CRUZ LIONS CLUB. The Scotts Valley Host Lions
Club began with 30 members. Today the membership averages about
50 members, making it one of the largest clubs in the 4-C6
of Lions Club International
In 1917, a
Chicago insurance agent named Melvin Jones convinced his luncheon club,
the Business Circle of Chicago, that it should ally itself with other
independent clubs to form a national organization that would be dedicated
not only to networking for business and social purposes, but to the
improvement of the community as a whole.
Among the groups
invited was the Association of Lions Clubs, headquartered in Evansville,
Indiana and led by Dr. W.P. Woods. At the time of the meeting, June
7, there were several Lions clubs already in existence, some having
been organized in 1916. They were an outgrowth of a now-defunct fraternal
organization called the Royal Order of Lions.
Business Circle and other clubs agreed to rally under the Lions name,
and a convention was called for October in Dallas, Texas. Thirty-six
delegates representing twenty-two clubs from nine states heeded the
call, approved the “Lions Clubs” designation, and elected
Woods as the first president. Guiding force and founder Jones was named
acting secretary, thus beginning an association with Lions that ended
only with his death in 1961.
convention also began to define what the association was to become.
A constitution and by-laws were adopted, the colors of purple and gold
approved, and a start made on the Lions Club Objects and Code of Ethics.
considering the materialism of the era, both Objects and Ethics encouraged
Lions to put service ahead of profit, and to uphold the highest standards
of conduct in business and the professions.
leaders soon began to organize clubs throughout the United States. The
association became “International” with the formation of a
club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1920. Clubs were later organized
in Mexico, China and Cuba. By 1927, membership stood at 60,000 in 1,183
1935, Panama became home to the first Central American club; the first
club in South America was organized in Columbia the following year.
Sweden, then France, brought Europe into the association in 1948. Japan
had clubs by 1952, and the so-called “Eastern Bloc” was unblocked
in 1989 with the formation of clubs in Hungary, Poland and Estonia.
In 1990, a club was chartered in Moscow and today over 100 Lions Clubs
are demonstrating the value of service in countries once closed to voluntary
of our Organizational Name
January 1931 issue of our international magazine, “The Lion”
provided the following explanation for how the term “Lion”
was chosen for what would become the world’s largest service organization.
name was not selected at random, neither was it a coined name. From
time immemorial, the lion has been the symbol of all that was good,
and because of the symbolism that name was chosen. Four outstanding
qualities – Courage, Strength, Activity and Fidelity – had largely
to do with the adoption of the name. The last mentioned of these qualities,
Fidelity, has a deep and peculiar significance for all Lions. The
lion symbol of Fidelity through the ages and among all nations, ancient
and modern. It stands for loyalty to a friend, loyalty to a principal,
loyalty to a duty, loyalty to a trust”.