The Jacksonville Lions Club is seeking new members from the surrounding community—both men and women. The local club is a member of the Lions Club International, founded in 1917.

Since its formation in the Jacksonville area, the local club has become well-known for many of its community-minded, hands-on projects. The club currently meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at the Black Bear Diner on Barnett Road at 6:30pm. Meetings generally last from 1 to 1 ½ hours where current and future projects are discussed and guest speakers present information on a variety of topics.

In recent years, the Jacksonville Lions have been involved with a myriad of service projects, including providing sight and sound hearing screenings for local elementary school children, donating holiday gift baskets to needy shut-ins, distributing stuffed animals to the Jacksonville Fire Department for use at emergency scenes to comfort young children, providing scholarships to college-bound students, sponsoring the annual spelling contest, the Britt play and conducting the Presidents Day program at Jacksonville Elementary School, providing eye glasses and hearing aids to locals in-need, picking up trash on sections of Old Stage Road outside Jacksonville, providing financial and manual help to Access, Habitat for Humanity, Dogs for the Deaf, Wildlife Images and a host of other community service projects.

If the Jacksonville Lions Club sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, please contact club member Dr. Jim Davidian at 541-499-0449 or