Local Lions Clubs & The Monticello Lions Club
For over 50 years the Monticello Lions Club has served the Illinois area roughly bounded by the Monticello school district, carrying out the motto of Lions everywhere: We Serve.
There are Lions Clubs in the Piatt County, Illinois, area in Atwood, Bement, Cerro Gordo, and Weldon.
When We Meet – Our Bi-Monthly Dinner Meetings
History of Lions Clubs
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.