The Jackson Lions Club proudly welcomes you to our website! We have served the community and our world for many decades, and our tradition continues today.
Many people ask, "What is the Lions Club?", and here's the answer in a nutshell: We are a group of committed and dedicated business people from the greater Jackson, California area who share a common belief: that service to others is a high and worthy calling. And we share this view passionately with Lions Club members all over the world. Please visit our Why We Serve page for more information about how the Lions came to be, and other information about our organization.
Here is where you'll find the latest information on our Club's many events and efforts such as Dandelion Days and our 3rd of July Fireworks Spectacular and more. You can find more detailed info on our events and activities on our "Our Programs" page.
Oct. 31, 2015 - Jackson Lion's Club Annual Halloween Parade winners, sponsors and sign holders.
Holding the signs:
First Grade – Jim Hayes
Second Grade – Jeff Seaton
Third Grade – Bob Zweig
Forth Grade – David Way
Fifth Grade – Daniel Davidinas
Pre-school – Tom Blackman
Kindergarten and Jr Hi/sixth grade - Unknown
|Wallace P. Jones||1926-27|
|Charles P. Vicini||1927-29|
|Walter H. Taylor||1931-32|
|Alex F. Ross||1934-35|
|George W. Hark||1935-36|
|Ralph C. McGee||1936-37|
|Walter Day Manning||1937-38|
|William A. Balsley||1938-39|
|Charles E. Gorman||1940-41|
|George T. Morken||1944-45|
|J. Franklin Daneri||1945-46|
|Elias S. Day||1946-47|
|Chester I. Bailey||1947-48|
|J.W. Voss, Sr||1949-50|
|Francis H. Eshbach||1952-53|
|Swen J. Peterson||1954-55|
|Pierce J. Deasy||1955-56|
|Thomas R. Regan||1959-60|
|Warren R. Taylor||19’60-61|
|George Jim Slater||1975-76|
|Michael H. Chisholm||1976-77|
|George W. Ryan||1982-83|
|Paul Molinelli, Jr.||1996-97|
Sept. 14, 2015 - Board members of the Jackson Lions Club are proud to present a check in the amount of $10,800 to the Butte Fire Disaster Fund, managed by the Amador Community Foundation (ACF). Jackson Lions Club President Robert Trudgen (left center) presented ACF President Pat Crew with the check. (Pictured from left to right: ACF Executive Director Kathleen Harmon, Lions Secretary Dave Richards, Doug Smallfield, Mike Presson, Rich Lockwood, Craig Murphy, Jon Luy and Bart Gilman.)
Other groups and individuals are encouraged to do the same, as ACF has the experienced staff to properly administer the task of directing relief to where it is most needed. ACF has confirmed there will be NO administrative fee for this fund. County boundaries do not apply for this fund, so even though this is an Amador organization, those folks in Calaveras in need will be eligible for help. Don't hesitate, donate today!
The Lions service organization began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones, (photo top right) who believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. Our motto, "We Serve", exemplifies the spirit of Lions around the world.
The Jackson Lions Club is a member of the worldwide Lions Club organization which, at 1.4 million members, is the world's largest service organization. The Lions credo is "We Serve", and represents a personal desire and commitment to give back to our local community.
Our members are local business people who serve our community through numerous fundraising programs and events that primarily benefit youth programs. Lions put words into action by demonstrating their personal desire and commitment to give back to our local Amador community and contribute something of meaning to those in our world less fortunate. Our event here in the County are well-known: Dandelion Days, 3rd of July and other efforts (please see our "Our Programs" page for more information.)
Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller (photo bottom right) challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions Club convention. Through its SightFirst program started in 1990, the Lions have provided more than 3.4 million cataract surgeries, built or expanded 154 eye hospitals, supported more than 47 million treatments to prevent river blindness, and a multitude of other activities and efforts related directly to fighting the major causes of reversible and preventable blindness. Not to mention, collecting more than 6 million pairs of used eyeglasses annually for free distribution to those in need in developing countries.
Though our local Club's efforts primarily benefit youth programs, the drive to heed Helen Keller's challenge is very much in play locally, as evidenced by our collection efforts to gather used eyeglasses. You know us as the people who give out little white canes, as a "Thank You" to those who contribute, and to create and sustain awareness of this very important part of what Lions Clubs are all about.
Your participation in our events, and your generosity in helping support our various programs, makes our programs possible. You are helping to made our community and our world a better place to live... and we thank you!
Locally, Lions Club members support a variety of youth programs such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Little League Baseball, Youth Basketball, Youth Wrestling, Youth Soccer and 4-H programs (through the purchase of animals at the auction, and through support of the 4-H Sacramento and Washington Leadership programs).
The proceeds from our events provide over $15,000 per year in scholarships to deserving Amador area students, and also support Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Our primary fundraising events are...
|Two booths at the Amador County Fair, one near the main entrance to the arena, the other near the livestock area. Held the 3rd week of July each year.|
|This is the primary fundraiser for our scholarship program, held on the weekend closest to St. Patrick's Day (for more info, click here)|
3rd of July Celebration
|This American Event is always held on the 3rd, not the 4th, of July. A great family event with food, fun, games, friends and fireworks. Held at the Jackson Sr. Elementary School Field (Butte Bowl), it has become a very popular and anticipated event. (more info)|
|A sales booth is set up in the City of Jackson.|
|Annual Children's Halloween Parade||The Children's Halloween Parade takes place every year on October 31st. The event starts at 5pm in Jackson on Main Street, gathering at the Fire Station. Prizes are awarded for age groups pre-school through Junior High. The Parade starts at 5:30pm, going south on Main Street to the Civic Center were all children will receive a bag of treats and free hot dogs to participants.|
The following links offer some perspective on the Lions Clubs and the work we do all over the world. There are also some local links of interest that tie in with our work. Enjoy!
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Lions Clubs Foundation Int'l (grant-making arm of Lions Clubs Int'l)
Jackson Lions Club
PO Box 64
Jackson, CA 95642
|When?||Saturday and Sunday, March 20th and 21st, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Downtown Jackson.|
|Merchant Booths||Booth are available along Jackson's historic Main Street and adjacent areas as follows:
|How do I become a Merchant?||
To apply for a booth space, download the Dandelion Days Space Application and Vendor Info Sheet, fill it out completely, enclose your check made out to “Jackson Lions Club” for the appropriate amount, and mail it to the address provided.
|What kind of merchandise can I sell?||Pretty much anything that can be stored and handled comfortably within the confines of a 10' X 10' booth, and which is in keeping with the community and family flavor of this event.
|PLEASE NOTE -- This is a family and community event. The Jackson Lions Club will screen potential merchants, in part, based on the type of products they wish to sell, and reserves the right to reject any application it so deems inappropriate for this event, or for any other reason. Furthermore, the Jackson Lions Club reserves the right to close down and expel any merchant booth it finds selling objectionable merchandise, irrespective of the description provided in your letter of application.
|What CAN'T I sell at Dandelion Days?||No firearms, fireworks or similar explosives, alcoholic beverages, illegal substances, or any other materials or merchandise not in keeping with the family and community flavor of the event (see "What kind of merchandise can I sell", above).
|Where do I get an application?|
Come join the Jackson Lions Club at the Butte Bowl at the Jackson Jr. High School on July 3rd. The fun starts at 5 PM! There is food, drinks and games for the entire family. The event ends around 9:30 PM with a great fireworks display to celebrate our Country's Birthday!
Camille Sobon was crowned 2014 Jackson Lions Rodeo Queen during a ceremony held May 24 at Evalynn Bishop Hall in Ione, Calif.
"I am speechless right now," Sobon said after the ceremony. "It was such an honor to be named Jackson Lions Rodeo Queen. I have a lot of pride in Amador County as well as the other contestants I competed against today. I've worked really hard with my horse, and I gave it my all and I'm just thrilled with the results."
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