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When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing—and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. That’s Lions. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.
The International Association, of Lions was conceived at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on June 7, 1917 under the direction of founder, Melvin Jones. From that meeting came a call for the association's first annual convention, which was held October 8-10, 1917, in Dallas, Texas, where by then 23 clubs participated. Lions International was organized with the idea of uniting on a basis of unselfish community service, business men's clubs that had no other affiliations. This was a distinct departure from the practice of forming business men's organizations primarily for business purposes and personal gain. By 1927, two years before West Seattle Lions Club was formed, the number of clubs had increased to 1,183 and the membership to 52,965.
The first meeting of a service club in the West Seattle area was held Thursday noon, April 18, 1929 at Mannings Admiral Way store. A group of local merchants and professional men gathered with a delegation from the Ballard Lions Club to start the organization of the West Seattle Lions Club.
We know that early meetings were held in the basement of the First Christian Church and the ladies of the church made and served the lunches. We also know that meetings were held above the People's Bank building. For many, many years the West Seattle Golf Course Clubhouse was the site of the noon meetings as well as most of the banquets and other meetings. Following that era, meetings were held at the West Seattle Community Hospital Auditorium until it closed.
Fast forward to 2023, local meetings are held once a month at the West Seattle Senior Center. Be a Part of West Seattle history!
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