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Through membership in a Lions Club, people not only help those in need, but have the opportunity to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills.

The Springfield-Franconia Host Lions Club serves the Springfield and Franconia areas of Northern Virginia.  The club currently has 32 members and is always looking for dedicated men and women willing to contribute time and energy to making their community a better place to live. 

Meetings
The club holds bi-monthly dinner meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.  The meetings are held at the Springfield Golf and Country Club located at 8301 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA.  Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and consist of social time followed by the club meeting at 7:00 p.m.  The club meeting  includes dinner and a discussion of club activities usually followed by an invited speaker.  Speakers may present local issues of interest to the members such as the I-95 Springfield Interchange Project or Lions-related programs such as the Virginia Lions Youth Camp.  Several special meetings are held throughout the year for which members are encouraged to bring spouses and/or other guests.  These special events may include a Holiday Party, Mystery Night (?), and Fall Picnic.

Anyone interested in learning more about our club is invited to attend several club meetings, free of charge. 

Please join us!

Membership
Membership is attained through nomination and is based upon demonstrated good citizenship, community awareness, and a commitment to community betterment. Through membership in a Lions club, people not only help those in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills.

All members are expected to participate in the following at a level that is comfortable to them:
- Fund raising activities 
- Service committees and projects
- District, state, and international conferences/conventions
- Serve as club officers and board members

Active Members pay quarterly dues that cover the following:
- Initiation fee
- Lions Magazine subscription
- State and International dues
- Monthly dinner meetings

Club History
Springfield-Franconia Lions Club was chartered on July 28, 1954, with 30 members. The late James C. (Jack) Hill, Past International Director, served as the organizer, and Edwin Lynch was Charter President.  Annandale, Mount Vernon District, and South Arlington Lions Clubs were sponsors.

The club became a host club when it was proud to sponsor the Springfield-Franconia Mid-Day Lions club, and later to sponsor the Burke Lions club and co-sponsor the Springfield-Franconia 76 Lions Club. The club is proud to have had members Bob Hemm and Dennis Kelly serve as District Governor for District 24-A. The club has recently sponsored the Kingstowne Lions Club and the Ft. Belvoir Lions Club.

The club proudly celebrated its 50th Charter Night Anniversary in a celebration held on 19 Sep 2004 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club. The celebration included presentation of awards, introduction of Official Club Creed “Service to Man,” slide show detailing club’s 50 year history, and a wonderful entertainment from the Vienna-Falls Chorus.

Club Creed
At the club's 50th Charter Night Anniversary celebration held on19 Sep 2004, the club presented its official "Club Creed." This poem by an Unknown author was voted on by the membership as defining the spirit of service that the Springfield-Franconia Lions Club members strive to achive.

You may grow to great riches and glory
   You may toil for yourself through the day
You may write in your record the story
   The struggles you have met on the way

But vain is the fame that you boast of
   And wasted the years you can scan
Your strength you have not made the most of
   If you’ve rendered no service to man

If something of you isn’t living
   Long after your spirit has fled
If your hand ceases toiling and giving
   The minute your body is dead

You have quitted this world as a debtor
   And failed in the Infinite Plan
If you leave not one roadway that’s better
   You have rendered no service to man!

Our Paper, Vol 31
   By Massachusetts Reformatory
   July 17, 1915

   Page 343
 

                                                      


 

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