AUSTIN - The upcoming 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International was recognized by the 85th Texas Legislature on Feb. 1.

AUSTIN - The upcoming 100th Anniversary of Lions Clubs International was recognized in the 85th Texas Legislature on Feb. 1.

Ebb Grindstaff, Past International President of Ballinger, was on hand along with many other members of the Lions Clubs from across the state.

In the resolution, it was stated that Lions Clubs International was established in 1917 by Melvin Jones as the Association of Lions Clubs, a community service organization which held its first convention that same year in Dallas, with 12 of the 23 participating clubs hailing from Texas. The resolution also states that a decade later, the Lions Clubs complied when Helen Keller urged them to become "Knights of the Blind" and through the years, the organization has undertaken numerous initiatives benefitting the visually impaired, while always carrying out other humanitarian efforts.

The resolution also pointed out that the Lions of Texas have dedicated themselves to supporting national programs like "Sight for Kids" and "SightFirst."

The resolution also cited the creation of the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville which since its inception in 1949, has helped 70,000 children with physical disabilities and diabetes and provides all types of camping activities. The Lions of Texas also support anti-drug campaigns and vaccination programs.

The Lions Clubs have 1.4 million members in 200 locations around the world and the Lions Clubs International was named the top non-governmental agency in 2012.

The Senate of the 85th Legislature honored the Lions of Texas on the centennial anniversary and offered "best wishes for continued success."

The District Convention is set for April 28-29 in San Angelo.

Ebb Grindstaff, Past International President of Ballinger, was on hand along with many other members of the Lions Clubs from across the state.

In the resolution, it was stated that Lions Clubs International was established in 1917 by Melvin Jones as the Association of Lions Clubs, a community service organization which held its first convention that same year in Dallas, with 12 of the 23 participating clubs hailing from Texas. The resolution also states that a decade later, the Lions Clubs complied when Helen Keller urged them to become "Knights of the Blind" and through the years, the organization has undertaken numerous initiatives benefitting the visually impaired, while always carrying out other humanitarian efforts.

The resolution also pointed out that the Lions of Texas have dedicated themselves to supporting national programs like "Sight for Kids" and "SightFirst."

The resolution also cited the creation of the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville which since its inception in 1949, has helped 70,000 children with physical disabilities and diabetes and provides all types of camping activities. The Lions of Texas also support anti-drug campaigns and vaccination programs.

The Lions Clubs have 1.4 million members in 200 locations around the world and the Lions Clubs International was named the top non-governmental agency in 2012.

The Senate of the 85th Legislature honored the Lions of Texas on the centennial anniversary and offered "best wishes for continued success."

The District Convention is set for April 28-29 in San Angelo.