The City of Melissa has recently announced the merging with Lions Clubs International. The Lions Club was created by Melvin Jones in 1917 by one simple question – “What if people put their talents to work improving their communities?” – according to the website.

Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. With over 1 million members, in more than 47,000 clubs, serving communities in 207 countries and geographical areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions clubs have assisted the blind and visually impaired, championed youth initiatives and strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects.

Melissa has decided to join the international organization to help communities, the press release said. “The city of Melissa is joining the world’s largest service organization, Lions Clubs International. The Melissa New Century Lions will join the more than 47,000 Lions clubs making a difference in communities around the world.”

The press release also stated they are entreating residents to get involved. “The new club is now seeking civic-minded men and women to join them in working together to meet needs within the community.”

The Lions Clubs International District 2-E2 Governor, and member of the Colleyville chapter Charles Bethards, said it may be work, but it is also fun. “Lions are people who want to help, who want to make a difference, and who want to have fun while doing it,” Bethards said. “Lions give a lot to their communities, but they get back something that’s even more valuable - the satisfaction that comes from changing lives.”

“In addition to providing hands-on support, Lions clubs give members an opportunity to advance worthy causes, serve those in harm’s way, and serve with friends and other leaders in the community,” the press release stated.

An information session was held on Thursday, Feb. 8 on the 2nd floor of the community room of City Hall. It was for community members who were interested in becoming a member; who wanted to learn more about the Lions and how they can make a difference in their community.

Leaders of the Lions Clubs International will visit local businesses and community leaders to invite them to join the new club.

For more information on becoming a charter member of this new club, please contact Pete Koschelew, 1st VDG at 903-814-7695, or Charles Bethards, DG at 817-999-4784 or .

For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit