Durango Lions Club

"Liberty, Intelligence Our Nation's Safety"

The Lions Name

On June 17, 1917 at the invitation of Melvin Jones, delegates met in Chicago. The only point of contention was the selection of a name for the new organization. Melvin Jones researched the idea of calling the new organization Lions. He was convinced that the lion stood for strength, courage, fidelity and vital action. On a secret ballot the name Lions was chosen over several others.

The Lions Emblem

At the 1919 convention, there was a move to change the symbol, but a young attorney from Denver, Colorado rose to speak. His name was Halsted Ritter. "The name Lions stands not only for fraternity, good fellowship, strength of character and purpose, but above all, its combination of L-I-O-N-S heralds to the country the true meaning of citizenship: LIBERTY, INTELLIGENCE, OUR NATION'S SAFETY."

Lions Serving Durango Colorado Since 1928

Narrow Gauge Capitol of the World              Home of Fort Lewis College

Durango looking north from our Lions Den - June 28, 2011

Snow Cones Bayfield Heritage Days:

KidSight Screening Event:

Click on the above link to view sample videos of the Durango Lions Club events.


District 6 West - Region/Zone Meeting - Cortez, Colorado

February 4, 2017

District Governor, Dennis and District Vice Governor, John

Bayfield, Cortez (Host), Durango & Mancos Lions Clubs Representatives


Durango Lions 2016 Christmas Party at Bob & Jan's beautifully decorated home December 16, 2016

Bob & Jan's magnificent 17-foot Christmas Tree - December 16, 2016

(Jan said it takes four days to hang all of the decorations on it.)

New members, Tonya & Lyle, with their sponsor, Ollie

New member, Bill, with his sponsors, Dan & Susie - November 9, 2016

Dennis inducting new members:  Bill, Tonya & Lyle - November 9, 2016

Durango Lions - September 14, 2016

Lions Annual Summer Potluck at Andy & Lucille's Home - July 9, 2016

Pot Luck at Lion and Trainmaster, Andy's (and Lucille) Home - July 9, 2016

Dave receiving Melvin Jones Fellow Award - July 9, 2016


Carol Pinning new member Julie - July 8, 2015


Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world every day because they share a core belief – to serve their community.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have 1.35 million members in more than 45,000 clubs in more than 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for fighting blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects – including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions give sight. By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all. We have extended our commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts and through our international SightFirst Program, which works to eradicate blindness.

Lions serve youth. Our community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, we offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest. 

Our Leo Program
 provides the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants. Since 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US$700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian projects around the world. LCIF was also ranked the number one nongovernmental organization in a 2007 study by The Financial Times.

Lions help during disasters. Together, our Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies – and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

Lions are active. Our motto is "We Serve." Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help our local communities.

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Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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