Lions Club Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Community

Anna Browne receives a check from Hermiston Lions Club President Bill Kuhn to help support local 4-H programs. (Contributed photo)

The Hermiston Lions Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary as it continues its focus on students, education, and the serving others.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate our 50 years of continuous service in the greater Hermiston community,” said Hermiston Lions Club Board President Bill Kuhn.

The Lions Club got its start in 1917 when 38-year-old Chicago businessman Melvin Jones told members of his local business club that they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world.

On June 7 of that year, the group adopted a constitution, by-laws, objectives, and a code of ethics and formally created what was then known as the Association of Lions Club. Today, there are more than 1.4 million active members in more than 48,000 clubs in 200 countries dedicated to making a difference in their communities.

The Hermiston Lions Club commits itself to projects throughout the area, including awarding four $2,000 college scholarships to local students. Other efforts include conducting sight screenings for every student in the greater Hermiston area and providing $200 vision and hearing grants to income-qualified individuals. In addition, each year the Hermiston Lions get involved with several volunteer causes in the region and support several organizations financially such as Made to Thrive, many local food pantries, CASA and the American Legion.

Throughout its 50-year history, the club has remained committed to its original objective.

“I chose the Hermiston Lions Club because my life has always been one of serving others,” said Charlie Clupny, 15-year member and secretary of the Hermiston Lions Club. “It has been and will continue to be a place to grow and support our local community as well as connect with other Lions from our state and around the world.”

Kuhn said the club will continue its legacy of giving back.

“We’ve been here for 50 years, and plan to be here for far longer,” he said.

Kuhn said the club is always looking for new members.

“We would love to welcome active, working members to the club – those who contribute to projects and give back to the community,” he said.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Hermiston Lions Club can send an email to


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