Welcome to the Lions Club of Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, web site. The Lions Club of Nanaimo is proud to be a member of Lions International. Our club is in Multiple District 19 which is comprised of the Vancouver Island B.C. and Western Washington State, U.S.A. Lions Clubs.
Meetings: 1st. and 3rd. Mondays at 6:30 P.M. Location: - Kiwanis Village, 1221 Kiwanis Cres., Nanaimo. (Off Nelson St.)
Since 1917, Lions clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as cleaning up an area park or as far-reaching as bringing sight to the world’s blind. Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community. Today with more than 46,000 clubs in 193 countries and geographical areas, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the ever-increasing needs of our global community. Our programs are continually changing to meet new needs and greater demands, but our mission has never wavered: “We Serve.”
Consider becoming a member of Lions. To learn more about the benefits and obligations of Lions membership visit our Membership Info page. To come to a introductory meeting of the Nanaimo Lions Club, ask a Lion member that you might already know or contact the Lions Club at e-mail address link. You will be contacted to arrange a suitable time and we would be pleased to meet you!
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved. Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
After World War II the Veterans returned to Nanaimo. Many of them were looking for something to give them some purpose in the community. In late 1945 and early 1946 the ground work was laid and these veterans decided to charter a Lions Club. Some of those who were in on the early planning were Joe Bertram, Haig Burns, Clyde Nicholson, Art Spencer, Sheldon Spurr, Grant Williams, Thomas Cramb, Eric Kneen, Harvey Murphy, Lloyd Bertram, Dr. Gordon Blott, Dr. John Baldwin and Clifford Bertram.
Ladysmith Lions Club were the sponsoring club and Gabriel Brown was installed as the Charter President in March 1947. From that date on to the present the Nanaimo Lions Club has played an integral part in the community raising funds to help those in need, building many community structures and offering an opportunity to citizens of Nanaimo to Serve their community and the people.
The Nanaimo Lions Club is “Proud of it past” and “Prepared for the future”.
Thank you for your interest in the Nanaimo Lions Club.
“We Serve” in our community in many ways and would like people like you to join us.
Membership is through invitation by the Nanaimo Lions Club and is open to all men and women of good character in the community. To learn more or to be considered for membership please contact us at the following link. Email
These are just a few of the rewards young people gain from participating in Leos. They also happen to be the values that create the acronym of our club name.
In total, more than 150,000 young people in 139 countries are proud to volunteer to serve their local communities and to call themselves Leos.
Youth who join Alpha clubs (ages 12-18) have fun, make new friends and experience the rewards of serving others.
Omega clubs (ages 18-30) help members further develop their leadership skills and prepare them for a lifetime of community involvement and contribution to society.
Leo clubs provide youth with volunteer opportunities – and are also a place to grow and have fun.
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The Nanaimo Lions Club has completed a great number of projects in the community. Some of the more significant one are shown below.
1 Year Directors - Wayne Harris, Don Edlund
2 Year Directors - Dave Alderson, Gary Pirart
TAIL TWISTER Jerry Joyal
LION TAMER Armido Benvin
Extension Chair - Larrie Taylor
Past President - Larrie Taylor