Papers, ephemera, and objects belonging to the Mill Valley Lions Club, dating from 1964 to 2001. The bulk of the materials
pertain to the activities and administration of the Mill Valley Lions Club from approximately 1998 to 2001. Additional material
documents activities of other Lions Clubs in Marin County.
Lions Club International was founded in 1917 as the Association of Lions Clubs by Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. By 1920
it had expanded into an international service organization. In 1987 that Lions Clubs International amended its bylaws to allow
women to become members. Today it boasts 1.4 million members in over 47,000 clubs around the world. Membership is by invitation
only. The Mill Valley Lions Club was organized in the early 1950s. Over the next several decades, the club organized and participated
in a wide variety of service projects, fundraisers, and community events. In 1971, the Mill Valley Lions Club also spearheaded
a year-long remodel of Scout Hall. The club accepted its first women member, Avril Couris, in 1990. In 2005, the Mill Valley
Lions Club closed its doors due to declining membership.