The Salmon Creek Lions Club, sponsored by the the Hazel Dell Lions Club was chartered December 11, 1981; held it's Club Charter Banquet February 13, 1982; incorporated September 20, 1993. The Club's 25th Anniversary was celebrated at a November 4, 2006 event.
The Club has long been a committed supporter of the Clark County Lions Sight Foundation and the Clark County Lions Hearing Committee. A Salmon Creek Lion chaired the Sight Foundation last year and a club member is chairing the Hearing Committee this year, in addition a Salmon Creek member (Lion Jan Hurtubise) has assumed the all important position of "Patient Care Coordinator" for the sight foundation. Financial support of the two committees has always been a priority of this Club.
In recent years the Club has moved with determination to also give priority to serving needs within the Salmon Creek area of Clark County in keeping with the Club's name. Accordingly the Club has:
- Served a free lunch at the Felida "July 4th Kids Parade";
- Operated -- upon request-food concessions at the opening of the Felida Park Soccer Season;
- Partnered with Fire District 6, to replace smoke detectors and/or batteries as needed in low-income area;
- Supplied food and children's gifts at Christmas for distribution through Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Ridgefield. This has become a key part of our annual Christmas dinner event.
- Sponsored the Lions Health and Screening Unit at King's Way Christian School each year;
- Supported various other efforts of the Felida Neighborhood Association, including serving food at a tribute celebration for our long time Salmon Creek Lion, charter member, Wally Miller. Wally was cited for over forty years of sevice to the community including a plaque naming one of the picnic tables after him.
- More recently a mutually-supportive partnership with the Legacy Hospital in Salmon Creek has been established, including active participation by several of our members in the "Children's Safety Fair".
The Club continues to
- Be a major supporter of the annual Walk and Knock Interservice Food Drive
- The Kid's Fishing Event at Klineline Pond
- To cook and serve at the annual Fall Carnival at the Washington State School for the Blind:
- To ring bells for the Salvation Army, to collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids;
- and to support various diabetes programs in the local area;
- Leader Dogs as well as Guide Dogs for the Blind are also supported by the Club.
It is noteworthy that the Salmon Creek Lions Club was instrumental in starting both the Walk and Knock Food Drive and the Kid's Fishing Event (originally a Fishing Derby).
The Club also works co-operatively with the Clark County Restorative Justice Program to accept "community service youth" as co-workers in it's projects, while serving as mentors and positive role-models.
The Club continues to support the work of LCIF through Melvin Jones Fellowships.
The Club works hard at various fund-raising activities to financially support it's service to humanitarian causes locally and around the world. Chief among such activities have been the sale of "Original Dining Club" books, a "Flower Basket Sale", a "Holiday Wreath Sale", paper recycling and food concessions at select events.