Small Lions pin given to me by a fellow Lion.

Small Lions pin given to me by a fellow Lion.

This Lions International pin is so far the smallest in my entire collection. I belonged to the San Angelo Downtown Lions Club for a few years. I had long admired Lions, since the town in which I grew up had a really thriving Lions Club, composed of the major wheeler and dealer people of the community—Murray, Kentucky. Lions have a lot of tradition in meetings, which to an uninitiated observer might seem silly. It’s all for fun, but for good too. Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller, and communities get better. That’s because they endeavor to find where help is needed. They do strive to serve with integrity and energy. Among the things the San Angelo club did that I was proud of was serving at the camp for handicapped children—mainly those with diabetes or severe mobility problems.

Lions International has 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members, making it the world’s largest service club organization. Worldwide they collect glasses, clean them and read the prescription, and provide them to people who have none. The list goes on. Why do I no longer belong? For as much good as they do, the local group is so ultra rightist and denigrating of so many things I strongly believe in I could not continue to participate with good conscience. I praise them for serving, and wish they could be a little more open to progressive ideas.

Location: 23-A1

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