May 15, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 81 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
RECOGNIZING LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 81
(House of Representatives - May 15, 2019)
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[Pages H3795-H3796] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Thompson) for 5 minutes. Mr. THOMPSON of Pennsylvania. Madam Speaker, I rise today to speak [[Page H3796]] about an organization that is near and dear to my heart: the Lions Clubs International. I am a member of my hometown organization, the Howard Area Lions Club. The Howard Area Lions Club has consistently earned the recognition as the largest Lions Club in Pennsylvania. There are probably many factors that have led them to this, but none more significant than their commitment to the Lions Club motto, ``We Serve.'' The members of my club served as the chartering organization for the Howard Boy Scout Troop 353; and, in the past, I was proud to serve as Scoutmaster of that unit. Simply put, service is of the utmost importance to the Lions. The clubs are places where individuals can join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities and the world. Where there is a need, there is a Lion. There are 1.4 million Lions around the world, 47,000 Lions Clubs in more than 200 countries. For more than 100 years, Lions have been serving humanity. The idea of the Lions Club began in 1917. A 38-year-old Chicago business leader named 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. They agreed. Three years later, Lions Clubs became an international organization. Melvin Jones inspired generations of people to become civic-minded individuals, dedicated to using their talents and ambitions to improve their communities without financial reward. Melvin Jones had a personal code: ``You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.'' Madam Speaker, service to others is what makes the Lions Clubs International such a powerful force for good in the world. There are nearly 70 Members of Congress who are involved in service organizations, and that is why I am proud to be working with my colleague Congressman Jimmy Panetta to establish the Congressional Service Organization Caucus. We plan to launch the caucus soon. It will support the many operations that are dedicated to giving back to their communities. I encourage my colleagues to join because there are few gifts greater than the gift of time and service to others. Madam Speaker, Lions Clubs International is on Capitol Hill today to raise awareness about how helpful service organizations are to communities across the Nation. I am grateful that Lions Clubs around the globe serve millions annually, and I am so proud to be a member of an organization that not only lives up to its remarkable ideals but exceeds them time and time again. ____________________