The Club was started to meet the needs of Lions and potential Lions, living in this area, who could only meet on a Thursday evening.  Thirty men joined together as Charter Members.  Sponsored by the Southfield Lions, they held their first Installation Dinner at the Sussex House Restaurant in Southfield, Mi, on Friday, April 14, 1972.  Lion Burly Gray, Past District Governor (deceased), and a Southfield Lion, played a key role in getting thirty members to commit to having a Club Chartered.

Of the thirty original Charter Members, Clem Nowak remains active and resides in the Village.  Tom Good is inactive and also resides in the Village.  Roy Knoerr still works in Village as owner of Village Optical Shop.

At the Club’s 25th Anniversary Dinner on June 25, 1997, the members renewed the Pledge that was made to the Community at that first Charter Dinner, by Charter Night Chairman Neil Lewton:                                

“To our Community, we pledge our best efforts towards making Lionism a viable force in the fulfillment of humanitarian service … in every area of need … but especially sight conservation.”

The Pledge was again renewed at the Club’s 40th Anniversary Event at Farina’s Banquet Facility in Berkley, Mi on Sunday, April 22, 2012. 

Effective Club Year 2004-2005. The Club attained Public Charity Foundation Status under 501 c3.  It uses the title “Beverly Hills Lions Club Charities, Inc.” for receiving tax-deductable donations from the public, or making disbursements to the Recipients that it currently supports.  The Club conducts two (2) types of Fund Raisers in accordance to the rules of Lions International:

Benevolent Fund Raisers with net proceeds providing monetary support for Lions International, District, and Club designated Charities that  assist the blind and the speech &  hearing impaired of the immediate area, county, State, nation, & the world including Club designated Human Services Charities giving assistance in the region.

Community Fund Raisers with net proceeds to provide monetary support for Projects outside or within the Community thereby fulfilling our motto of “We Serve”.

We hope you are inspired to want to lend a helping hand to Lionism.  Membership privileges are extended to members at any Lions Club throughout the world.

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