First, you should know what the Lions Club is. The Lions Club was founded in 1917 in Chicago Illinois by Melvin Jones. The Lions mission statement has grown over the years but has always incorporated the powerful vision To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. This vision comes from a simple but empowering idea,'what if people put their talents to work improving their communities?' The Lions Club as of 2016 is represented in approcximately 147 countries world wide with over 46,000 individual clubs.
The Bement Lions Club was chartered in 1941 as a "Not For Profit" organization, and as of 2016 is registered as a legal not for profit entity under Bement Lions Club Inc. So what is a Bement Lion you ask. Well we are a group of people from all walks of life, and we hold to that same ideal, to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. A Bement Lions Club member volunteers their time, and efforts to support and improve his or her's community and surrounding areas. We do so by direct involvement such as fund raisers, and the sweat of our brow if need be. We supply funding assistance for deserving causes, support of local activities, and to individual groups or persons seeking assistance. Bement Lions Club also supports the eye glass and hearing aid recycling programs by collecting gently used prescription glasses and hearing aids, then either directly distributing the items to people, or transporting those items to the Illinois Lions collection centers.
The Club recently undertook a major step in growing it's community support role when it purchased what is now the Bement Lions Club Community building located on Highway 105 in Bement. This new facility greatly improves the clubs ability to provide and serve for our community in a variety of ways, from an open venue for meetings, to fund rasing events, and business oppurtunities.
In Summary, our motto says it best..We Serve!
1941 Charter Members: Francis A. Anderson Rev. Charles J. Kinrade W.C. Bell Ray S. Kintner Alfred E. Bodman Ernest R. Koepping Loren Bowen Howard Lamb L.R. Brandenburg F.E. Lincicum Dr. A.M. Bruner E.E. Logan J.B. Byerline J.H. Malkus Raymond B. Carpenter A.T. McPherson C.C. Craig Dr. W.G. McPherson Glen Durbin Ralph Moery Ernest Dye Harry C. Roberts Harry Eaton Carl E. Schaeffer Loren L. Fenstermaker Eugene Schooley Homer H. Fields Dan F. Siders Grover Fisher Ralph R. Siders, Jr. J.O. Fisher Ralph R. Siders, Sr. Earl S. Folk Harry E. Slusser Ed Glennon E.A. Stout John Hardimon Everett Strohl Elmer Haynes Andrew Swenson Clyde J. Hill Carl R. Thompson Dallas Hill Gail Tiffin Howard Y. Hill Lew Wilkinson L.A. Hodam Oscar Winzenburger Ed Kanitz Bryan Wilson