In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, contacted business groups around the United States to develop a group dedicated to the improvement of their communities and the world. They held an organizational meeting June 17, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois and held their first national convention in Dallas in October of that year where a constitution, by-laws, objects, and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization.
Weatherford Noon Lions Club was founded in February 1921 and was formally presented to the Club on Valentines days of that same year. The first president of the Weatherford branch was Dr. Lester Hall. From the beginning, Lions prioritized the growth and well-being of Weatherford and immediately immersed itself into the community. As membership grew, so did the amount of activities. In a 95-year time span, Weatherford Noon Lions Club distinguished itself as a supportive charity organization and engaged in hundreds of community activities.
History of Volunteer Work
Lions Club Park built, maintained, and purchased the equipment for the first park in Weatherford, sponsored a boy scout troop and later an Explorer Post of the Scouts. The club has also annually sponsored a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt and bought glasses for school children who cannot afford them. Donating money to schools and other worth-while organizations is high priority for the Lions club.