Lionism has been an integral part of Seal Beach’s history since our beginning in 1939 when 47 men chartered the Seal Beach Lions Club. Looking back at our past members is like looking at a who’s who list of Seal Beach. Charter members included Charles Irvine, considered the father of Seal Beach, A.W. Stegan of Stegan’s garage, J.C. Putnam of Putnam’s plumbing, the Mayor and three Council members. These charter members started what continues today as one of this community’s greatest resources.
Over the years other notable Lions included 19 Mayors, 19 Council members, 2 City Treasurer’s, 2 City Clerk’s, 5 Police Chiefs and numerous City Managers. Lions sat on the City Council uninterrupted from 1939 to 1968 and have had members on the council for 44 of our 60 years. Local school officials who were Lions included John McGaugh and Marx Dressler. Men like Frank Curtis, Charles Sprouse, Gerry Stangland, Jack Haley, John Nescher, Stan Anderson, Ray Harbour, Al Lopez, Walt Babcock, Frank Shufelt, and Dr. Homer DeSadelur all proudly called themselves Lions.
We meet at 7:00pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at
110 Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90803 map
Most people get there early to socialize – the room is open at 6:00pm. The first meeting of the month is a combination general and board meeting. Members are encouraged to stay for the board meeting and your input is welcomed. The second meeting (3rd Wed.) is program night. We conduct less business and usually have an informative program. Dinner is available but you are not required to eat a meal. Attire for meetings is casual. Special events and functions requiring more space are held in different locations from time to time. At the beginning of general meetings, we say the pledge of allegiance; say a prayer for the City of Hope and a prayer for the meeting. You will probably be asked to do one of these from time to time. They are a lot easier than you think so volunteer if you can. Prepared prayers are available or you may say your own.
At each meeting there is a “Tail Twister” who fines members for various things. Coming late, no badge, failure to shake the hand of the Mystery Lion are all $1 fineable offenses. Other fines for talking too much, not talking enough, promoting your business, receiving cellular calls, bad jokes, bad haircuts, and more are delved out during the meetings to raise funds for our administrative account and to keep FUN in the meetings. Fines usually do not exceed $1-3 total. Fines are meant to be fun and are not serious stuff. Don’t be offended if you are fined – it is part of the fun.
Guests are allowed at all Lions functions and meetings. Several times during the year we have meetings in which spouses and guests are encouraged to attend: The Student Speaker Contest, Installation of Officers, Teachers Appreciation Night are a few of the special guest nights. Prospective members are welcome at all meetings and events. You are encouraged to bring prospective members and promote them for membership.
Your initiation fee of $25 includes a club pin, a club badge, your new member kit, and the fee to Lions International. Annual club dues are $100 and are due by May 1st each year. (Special dues rate for former Leos and Family Members). We suggest you purchase a club T-Shirt for $5. Other costs may include dinners, drinks, event tickets, opportunity drawing tickets, etc. – these are all optional.
Our club performs many service projects throughout the year. Service projects include
Opening day at Seal Beach Pony Baseball
River and Beach clean-ups
Breakfast with Santa
Seal Beach Holiday Parade
Sail for the Blind
Ronald McDonald House
CASA Youth Shelter
Roar for Autism
Beepball for Braille
and many more.
These are rewarding projects that require little time. You are encouraged to sign up to work or help chair one of these projects. If you have an idea for a project, bring it up at a meeting.
We have four main fundraising events each year in which significant club membership needs to be involved. They are the
Pancake Breakfast & BBQ in April
the Car Drawing from March-July
the Golf Tournament in May
the Fish Fry in July.
These projects are labor intensive (especially Fish Fry) and require as much help as we can get. Annually, we raise around $60,000+ which is then used to fund Lion and local service projects and is donated to various Lion and local charities and organizations.
We visit other Lions Clubs throughout the year to gather ideas and to promote our club projects. Our club is awarded points for these visits from the district and we need a certain number of members to make up a legal visitation. All members are encouraged to attend at least one during the year. We visit clubs from August through March. We will attend other club meetings and attend their Fundraising events throughout the year. You can see from one of these visits how your club compares to other Lions clubs.
Your input and ideas are greatly encouraged. Your ideas regarding project management, future projects, donations, etc. will be heard and never ignored. The Board of Directors is charged with voting for all expenditures, donations and major project and fundraiser involvement. The Board makes it’s decisions based on the input from other Lions and committees. From the day you are voted into this Lions Club, your voice counts and is listened to.
What is required of you as a Seal Beach Lion
Fill out and return this Application for Membership. Pay your dues.
Come to meetings when you can, help with as many service projects as possible, and plan to work our major fundraisers. You must always have a positive attitude, promote Lionism in the community, and most of all