The Oak Lawn branch of the Lions Club, an international humanitarian organization, celebrated the organization’s 100th anniversary at the May 23rd Board of Trustees meeting. The Lions Club was honored with the commemoration of the Oak Lawn vehicle sticker being dedicated to it and other service organizations.
The Lions Club was founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. Its stated mission is “to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding.”
Oak Lawn resident and Lions Club member Frank Kirar spoke on behalf of a number of club members in attendance saying, “We are celebrating our hundredth anniversary of Lionism throughout the world. There’s a million, four-hundred thousand Lions in over two hundred countries.”
“We help people in all situations, but we concentrate on sight and hearing issues. We are there when there’s a problem. I’m really proud of the people here from Oak Lawn.”
“It is my pleasure and honor and gratitude to accept this from this wonderful council,” Kirar said. “Trustees, Mayor, Clerk, thank you all for supporting us.”
Mayor Sandra Bury then presented a poster-size rendition of the vehicle sticker to Kirar and the Lions Club members. “Probably one of the most fun things I get to do as Mayor choose the vehicle sticker. And we want to congratulate the Lions Club, on the vehicle sticker this year, celebrating their hundredth year of service.”