In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, encouraged members of his local
business club to expand their horizons beyond purely professional concerns to focus
on the betterment of their community and the world. His membership quickly agreed
to adopt this goal.
After contacting similar groups across the US, an organizational meeting was held
on June 7, 1917, in Chicago. The new group adopted the name of one of the invited
groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs." Later that year , in October, a national
convention was held in Dallas, Texas. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code
of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization.
Today Lions International consists of an international network of 1.3 million men
and women in 205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs
that challenge communities around the world. What originated as a business club has
grown into a way for all of us to give back to our community.
About The Merrickville Lions
The Merrickville Lions Club received its charter on June 29, 1954. Our sponsor was
Smiths Falls Lions Club, based in Smiths Falls Ontario, 18 km. from Merrickville.
In turn, on January 22, 1958, the Merrickville Lions sponsored the Kemptville Lions
Club, located in Kemptville, also 18 km away.
Since receiving our charter, the club, like the historic village in which its membership
resides, has undergone many changes, including concerning shifts in membership numbers.
Today, the Merrickville Lions Club is a part of District A-4, located in Region 30,
Zone 30 West.
We are a group of community-minded men and women, a small but very active club with
a strong, visible community presence. Our local undertakings include or have included:
the purchase of a "new" library building, managing a popular seasonal campground
located along the historic Rideau Canal, operating a fund-raising food concession,
coordinating an annual Christmas hamper drive, hosting Canalfest, Merrickville’s
fun-filled annual celebration of the heritage of the Rideau Canal, establishing an
annual high school scholarship program and financially assisting individuals and
families experiencing health and other personal crises, as well as supporting community
groups such as the scouts and guides.
On a regional and international level our most recent financial support has included
but not been restricted to initiatives such as Lions' Camp Dorset, cancer research
initiatives, vision care and other health programs.