The LION asked this question of attendees of the 97th International Convention in Toronto in July. Beyond his basic identity, do Lions know what motivated him? What he was like as a person? It’s no shame not to know much about Jones–at least for now. Heeding International President Joe Preston’s emphasis on Lions’ heritage, the LION will profile Jones in an upcoming issue. “He started Lions International. He was an American businessman. In 1925 we adopted sight as our mission after listening to Helen Keller.” – Past Council Chair and Past District Governor (PDG) Doug Beehler of the Meridian Lions Club in Idaho “I’ve heard of him. I am one [a Melvin Jones Fellow]. … Didn’t he start Lions Clubs along with another person?” –Bobby Tolentino, Glendale Heights Barangay Lions Club, Illinois “I’m new. Not sure.” –Gloria Walton, Brooklyn Kings County Lions Club, New York “I’ve heard the name. I joined in February. A district governor?” –Stephen Moore of the St. Davids District Lions Club in Canada “He was the founder. I should know more– I’m a Melvin Jones Fellow.” –Ruth Sano of the Albany & Troy Lions Club in New York “I’ve heard of him. He’s one of the founders. He was a businessman.” –Alison Kuhlke, Chamblee-Lighthouse Lions Club Branch in Georgia “My grandfather knew Melvin Jones. That always kept him going as a Lion, and he even became a district governor in Arizona.” –PDG Lewis Quinn of the Anchorage Captain Cook Club in Alaska “He founded Lions in 1917. He was a Chicago businessman who got together with other people to decide to give back to the community.” –PDG Norm Stutesman of the Three Rivers Lions Club in Michigan
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