Knights of the





Spotsylvania Lions Club


The First Fifty Years




December 15, 2016

Compiled By:

 Lions Todd Rump and Chuck Trigger


Chapter 1 The Beginning Years
Chapter 2 Service Projects
Chapter 3 Fundraising Efforts
Chapter 4 Club Pins Issued
Chapter 5 Participation in Lions Clubs International Organization
Chapter 6 Club Leadership
Chapter 7 Recognition of Club Lion Members
Chapter 8 Spotsylvania Lions Club Charities, Incorporated
Chapter 9 Club Membership





It was through the actions of a 38-year-old Chicago insurance agent by the name of Melvin Jones that the Lions Clubs International was born on June 7, 1917.  The initial groundwork in establishing the Lions Clubs was the concept of taking the drive, intelligence and ambition of successful persons and putting their talents to work improving their communities.


Helen Keller became blind and deaf at a very early age.  She went on to become a tireless advocate for people with disabilities.  She addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in 1925 and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”  The Lions accepted her challenge.  Its work ever since has included sight programs in addition to many other programs for the betterment of the world and local communities that we serve.


The first Lions Club established in the Fredericksburg, VA area was the Fredericksburg Lions Club in 1938.  It, in turn, sponsored the chartering of the Spotsylvania Lions Club in 1966 during the Lions Clubs International Golden Anniversary year.


The purpose of this pamphlet is to provide a history of the first 50 years of the Spotsylvania Lions Club.