New Member Orientation

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Brief History of Our Lions Club International
In June of 1917, the Melvin Jones Business Circle of Chicago contacted several similar organizations and held their first convention in August in Dallas, TX. The first International Lions Club was established in Windsor, Ontario in 1920. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become the “Knights of the Blind”. Lions Club International had its major expansion between 1950-1970.  Women were admitted to become Lions in 1987.

The World’s Largest Service Club Organization
Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million Lion members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We are also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

​​Brief History of the Garden Ridge Lions Club
​A community-wide effort to help individuals and families in times of need or disaster has long been a characteristic of the rural Southwest. This willingness to assist neighbors in times of crisis seemed inherent to the early residents of the Garden Ridge and Bracken communities. The rapid development of the area during the early 1970’s brought the realization that some type of formal organization was required to grow with the community while simultaneously meeting their increased charitable and civic needs. This realization “planted the seed” and resulted in the founding of the Garden Ridge/Bracken Lions Club in early 1972. Formal presentation of the Charter was made on April 25, 1973 at a banquet held at the Randolph Air Force Base Non-Commissioned Officers’ Club.

The Garden Ridge Lions Club is in Multiple District 2-S3, Region V and Zone B. In Zone B the following clubs are listed:

1. Bulverde Lions Club
2. Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club
3. Garden Ridge Lions Club
4. New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club
5. New Braunfels Evening Lions Club
6. Spring Branch/Bulverde Lions Club

Our Club Meeting Format: We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at The Club at Garden Ridge, 21320 Water Wood, Garden Ridge, Texas, 78266. 6:30pm Social Time   7:00pm Meeting
   - Call to order
   - Pledge of Allegiance
   - Song
   - Introduction of guests
   - Announcements & Club Business Items
   - Invocation
   - Dinner
   - Guest Speaker
   - Dismissal – “Lion Roar”

Lions Club Dues
Our dues are $65/quarter. Our dues pay for meals and other administrative expenses of our club. They include new members’ vests, various awards earned by the members, and international and national Lions Club dues.

Lions Club Member Participation

See ​​Event and Volunteer Opportunities for a complete list of ways to get involved.


See Charities Charter for information pertaining to our Charitable Corporation.