Centennial Year - 2017

Lions around the world have been changing lives for 100 years through humanitarian service. Our Centennial Celebration is a time to mark this milestone, celebrate our legacy and look forward to the next century of service. The Centennial Celebration runs in New Milton from 2nd June 2017 and gives us the opportunity to celebrate and serve our Community.

New Milton in 2017

Although we are only in our 45th year, The New Milton Lions Club plans to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the Lions.  A Lions Centennial Festival will run in New Milton from Saturday June 2nd 2017 until Sunday 9th July and there will be a wide variety of events organsied by both The New Milton Lions Club and other Organisations.

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Back in 1917

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.

Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.


See How The New Milton Lions Club will celebrate this Centenary in our Town