The Lions Clubs International Centennial Celebration will be held in Chicago rom June 30th to July 4th 2017 with more than 50,000 Lions and their families from world over attending and as part of the grand celebration will be a parade down State Street in Downton Chicago.
The Kentucky Lions will be sending an all-state band to march in the Centennial parade and the Murray Lions Club has fully funded two members of the band; one musician to be selected from Murray High School and one to be selected from Calloway County High School.
Lions Clubs International was born in Chicago, Downtown in 1917. Melvin Jones gathered his business friends and formed a group to serve the needs of people in Chicagoland. Gradually it became Lions Clubs International and local clubs were established in 210 countries and geographical areas throughout the world with 1.4 million members worldwide. Today the Lions are the only humanitarian group in China serving more than a billion people.
“Our Murray club has had a tradition with the Lions all-state band,” said Paul McCreary, Murray Lions Club president. “Former Murray Lions president Arvin Crafton was committed to showcasing the great young band talent in our state and in our community and we are proud to continue that tradition as being one of the first clubs in the state to fully fund band members for this great event.”