History

   History:

Our club was started back in 1977 and has continued to work in the Stafford and surrounding villages for 40 years. Each year we hold a Charter Night to celebrate the founding of our club.

   Brief History of Lions Clubs International:

Lions Clubs International started back in 1917 as the dream of a Chicago businessman, Melvin Jones, who  believed that people with expertise and enthusiasm could use their talents to improve their communities or even the world at large.

 

“What if these men,”  Melvin Jones asked, “who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?”

 

Melvin was a member of the Business Circle of Chicago  and they authorised him to develop the concept with other similar groups.  Due to his efforts a first meeting of 12 was held in a local hotel on 7th June 1917.

 

‘Lionism’, as it became known, came to Britain in 1950. During World War II the Lions of Canada had sent clothes and food parcels to the children in London who were affected by the Blitz. After the war was over the Queen Mother asked her equerry to go to Canada to thank the Lions for their efforts. He was so impressed by their work that he returned to London and setup the first Lions Club in England.

 

Clubs then flourished throughout Great Britain and are now open to men and women who donate some of their spare time to helping those in need.

 

Worldwide, by the year 2015 there were more than 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 Lion Clubs in over 208 countries and geographic areas all striving to fulfil the Lions motto of “We Serve”.

    Past Presidents of Stafford Lions Club:

Sid Peplow/Charles Kelly  1977-1978     Percy Grero 1979–1980
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Sherratt 1980–1981                          John Hughes 1981 – 1982
Rod Niven 1982–1983                            Alun Jones 1983–1984
Bryan Jervis 1984–1985                         Peter Dudley 1985–1986
Ken Gore 1986–1987                             Geoff Lunn 1987–1988
Frank Finlay 1988–1989                         Nick Oldfield 1989–1990
Steve Parrish 1990–1991                       Chris Hilditch 1991–1992
Keith Thompson 1992–1993                   Rolando Carrasco 1993– 994
Syd Birkin 1994–1995                             Jeff Dixon 1995–1996
Ian Wrightson 1996–1997                       Bill Bedford 1997–1998
Allan Howells 1998–1999                        Mike Halstead 1999–2000

Paul Johnson 2000–2001                        John Kemp 2001–2002
Ken Gore 2002–2003                              Geoff Mackenzie 2003–2004
Jeff Dixon 2004–2005                              Allan Howells 2006–2007
Rod Niven 2007–2008                             Digby Gould 2008–2009
Dave Lewis 2009–2010                           Maureen Gore 2010–2011

Geoff Mackenzie 2011–2012                   Geoff Mackenzie 2012–2013
Roger Gay 2013–2014                             Digby Gould 2014–2015
Jeff Dixon 2015–2016                              Roger Gay 2016–2017

President for 2017 to 2018
Glenda Chard

 

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