Melvin Jones was born on January 13, 1879 in Fort Thomas, Arizona, the son of a United States Army captain who commanded a troop of scouts. Later, his father was transferred and the family moved east. As a young man, Melvin Jones made his home in Chicago, Illinois, became associated with an insurance firm and in 1913 formed his own agency.

He soon joined the Business Circle, a businessmen's luncheon group, and was shortly elected secretary. This group was one of many at that time devoted solely to promoting the financial interests of their membership. Because of their limited appeal, they were destined to disappear. Melvin Jones, then a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, had other plans.

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"What if these men," Melvin Jones asked, "who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Thus, at his invitation, delegates from men's clubs met in Chicago to lay the groundwork for such an organization and on June 7, 1917, Lions Clubs International was born.

Melvin Jones, the man whose personal code – "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else" – became a guiding principle for public-spirited people the world over, died June 1, 1961 at 82 years of age.

Lion Anita Burke


Lion Don Zschoche


Lion Jim Orr


Lion Mike DeSorgo


Lion Gary Ladner


Lion John Spoerlein


Lion Jo Anne Smith


Lion Ken Johnston


Lion Bob McCarty


Lago Vista Lions
Melvin Jones Fellowships

Lion Ken Johnston

2014 (Progressive)

Lion Mike Beal


Lion Connie Zschoche


Lion Duane Lueders


Lion Ron Smith


Lion Scott Cameron


Lion Linda Jameson 2017

Lion Carl Spoto


Lion Mike Zaydel


Lion Dale MItchell


Lion Jerry Nilsson-Weiskott


Deceased or Tranferred
Melvin Jones Fellowships

Lion Jim Dougherty

1998 (D)

Lion Mike Thornton

2011 (D)

Lion Jo Anne Molloy

2013 (T)

Lion Jim Dougherty (Progressive) 2018 (D)


Deceased - (D)

Transferred - (T)

Lion Jerry Fenley


Lion Elke Tessnow

 (3rd Progressive) 2018

Since 2015-16, our MJF have installed all new Lions. It was thought that there couldn’t be a more worthy project for the sixteen Lions in that group as it’s a real honor to participate in the beginnings of those coming in to join the

“WE SERVE” group.  Our club provides $2000 each year for the honor of selecting two more Fellows.  The honor also is the fact that our club participates in the rich history of the LCIF with donations that go around the world when catastrophes arise.


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