Lyle Lions History

The Lyle Lions Club began having meetings in the Lyle United Methodist Church basement in November of 1978.  Charter night was February 10th, 1979.  The Guiding Lion was Lyle Gholston with the Mosier, Oregon, club as the sponsoring club and Camas Lions Club as Associate Club.  Of the original 23 charter members, Don Brashers and Terry Mills continue to serve in the Club.  The Lyle Lion Club sponsored White Salmon Charter Night in March of 1981.  When Lions International approved for women to become members in the clubs, most of the men's wives became members alongside their husbands.

After extended negotiations, the Club purchased the Lyle Women's Club building and property in September of 1988 with the help of a $1,000 grant from the Seattle Amateur Hockey League.   It soon became apparent that there was a need for a larger facility which resulted in fund-raising for a Lyle Lions Community Center to also serve as a community disaster center.  With funds from the Saturday monthly breakfasts, LCIF grant, Klickitat County Resoource Developlment grant, donations, and other fund-raisers, the Club dedicated the new building in December, 1997.  That same building is currently being used as not only the Lions Club Meeting Building but as a meeting place for county and local area government groups, local citizens, and groups.

Since 1999, the Club has awarded 18 Melvin Jones Fellows.     

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