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Texas Lions Centennial Celebration
October 6 – October 7
The Texas Centennial celebration will be held in Dallas, October 6-7, 2017, and all Lions are invited to attend the multi-day event.
Lions Club International launched the Centennial celebration July 8th, 2014 at their International Convention in Toronto with the announcement of our Centennial Service Challenge. The service challenge is an ambitious call to action for Lions around the world to serve 100 million people from now until June 30th, 2018.
Our Texas Centennial celebration, like all clubs around the world, will focus on three main points:
Honoring Our Past
Highlighting Our Present
Planning For Our Future
A Texas Lions, we have a vibrant past, built around our founder Melvin Jones’ famous quote, “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.” It was upon that principle that our motto “We Serve” emerged. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The Dallas Founders Club hosted twenty-five founding clubs (eleven from Texas) at the first International Convention, which met at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas on October 8, 1917. It was at this convention, the organization was formed as the International Association of Lions Club.
Our organization has grown from humble beginnings and continued to grow and evolve to meet the needs of communities around the world. Today, we are the world’s largest service club organization, with over 1.4 Million volunteers in 205 countries. We’d like to think that we’ve perhaps surpassed the vision of our founder. With Melvin Jones’ vision in mind, our Centennial celebration slogan is “Where There’s a Need, There’s a Lion.” This is as true today as it was in 1917.
The Centennial celebration for Lions is designed to engage every Lions member, every Lions club, in every country and geographic area. For Texas, we’ll have a two day agenda of activities and events. During that time event we’ll gather from all over the state to fan out across Dallas to help the needy and to serve in our tradition. On Saturday night, you’ll celebrate with your fellow Lions to re-dedicate ourselves and our mission for the next 100 years!
Registration for the event will begin in January, 2016. Plan to be on hand in Dallas as we Celebrate Texas Style!