Springfield Township Lions

 

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB HISTORY

As written by David Rau, a charter member, in 1993

At the time of

Springfield Townships 250th Anniversary

 

The SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB, the only service club in the township, held their first meeting in the Springtown Hotel on March 14, 1946, with twenty-one prospective members.  The cost for the dinner at that time was $1.25.

 

The club, with twenty—one members, was chartered on April 25, 1946.  Melvin G. Mack, former Superintendent of Palisades’ Schools, was the first President.

 

The first charitable contribution made by the club was a $25.00 donation (which was very extravagant for those times) to the American Red Cross.  Soon, the main charitable focus for the club, and the main focus on which the International Lions Club was founded, centered on working with those people who were blind.  Over the years, however, the club has spread out its service interests to include cooperative efforts with the school system in helping needy children receive eye examinations and glasses, assisting the Upper Bucks Kidney Foundation in its mission to promote the fight against kidney disease/diabetes, and the operation of dialysis machines.  In reality, the club shifts its priorities to meet the needs of the day (e.g., providing food baskets during the holiday seasons, building tennis courts at Silver Creek, etc.).

 

The largest project for the SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB was brought to light when it was discovered that the plans for the Palisades High School Auditorium were approved with no provision for seating.  This project was one that concerned all residents of the community, culminating with the club holding a Country Fair and Carnival in June of 1949.  In all, this initial effort raised $1,100 of the $8,000 needed.  This effort plus an additional $500 donation from the club, motivated the Lions to appropriate teams of volunteers from each township in the School District to visit every family in order to solicit a contribution for the purchase of the chairs.

 

Cooperation and involvement of all Lions throughout the past forty—seven years has proven that the bonds of humanitarian efforts do run strongly through the men who have chosen to give of themselves in service.  Lion members believe that they can make a difference in the quality of life for our fellow human beings within our community because “WE SERVE.

 

The SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP LIONS CLUB extends greetings and good wishes to Springfield Township on the observation of its 250th birthday.  May the Township invest continued gifts of time, service, and knowledge for the benefit of all.  Involvement of all residents, as well as our Lions Club, will help to strengthen the entire framework of our community.