The Officers of the Lions Club of Brentwood
|Immediate Past President
|1st Vice President
|2nd Vice President
|One Year Director
|Two Year Director
|Two Year Director
- To create and foster a spirit
of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing
voluntary services through community involvement and international
Lions Code of Ethics
TO SHOW my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by
industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for
quality of service.
TO SEEK success and to demand all fair remuneration or
profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price
of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because
of questionable acts on my part.
TO REMEMBER that in building up my business it is not
necessary to tear down another’s; to be loyal to my clients or customers
and true to myself.
WHENEVER a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
TO HOLD friendship as an end and not a means. To hold
that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by
one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts
service in the spirit in which it is given.
ALWAYS to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to
my nation, my state and my community, and to give them my unswerving
loyalty in word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor,
TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
TO BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
Committees and Sponsorships
Youth in Government
Eye Exams and glasses for the Needy
Special Kids Day
Student Speakers Contest
College Scholarships for Local High School Students
Local School Needs
White Cane Day
Thanksgiving and Christmas Food Baskets
And Many More Worthwhile Causes.
The Brentwood Lions strive to help make a difference in the local community, as well as around the world.
reach out to our community through vision care, assistance with
obtaining hearing aides, and addressing unmet health and educational
Are you interested in becoming a member of the Lions Club?
Please feel free to attend our monthly meetings,
which are held
on the first Wednesday of the month.
If, after attending a meeting, you find that becoming a Lion interests you - please ask for a membership application.
The Lions Club of Brentwood was organized
in 1929 by John Miller of the Richmond Lions Club, and was Brentwood’s
first service organization.
Lion John had visited the area on several occasions and discovered that the
town was lacking a service club. He contacted D. D. Watson and
Charles B. Weeks, Sr. and in a matter of days, these three men had
signed up thirty-seven leaders of the community for the Lions Club of
Brentwood Charter Night, September 9, 1929. D. D. Watson served as
the first President, and Charles French was the first Secretary
(who actually served as secretary for 11 years).
One of the main reasons these pioneer Lions
organized was to take a united approach to the many needs of the
community, and through Lionism, carry on the goals we still pursue
A major early activity was the purchase of
uniforms for the recently formed football team at Liberty Union High
School. In appreciation for the Club’s support of its athletic
program, the school chose “Lions” for the team name. In 1936, Lion
Pat Callaghan, Superintendent of Liberty Union High School District
and Lion Frank Vonder Ahe, the football coach, began the annual
Football Awards Banquet, which lasted for over 50 years. This was a
major social event for the city that honored the school’s football
players and presented special awards to outstanding athletes.
Other early projects included sponsoring
Clean-up Week for the town of Brentwood, assisting in developing the
Town Park, honoring the Boy Scout troop,
holding Halloween and Christmas parties for children, making Christmas
baskets of food for the needy, and in 1939, organizing a drive to form
the Brentwood Sanitary district
The Lions Club of Brentwood’s big
fund-raiser for many years was the Fourth of July Carnique, which began
in the early 1950’s. It was first held at the American Legion
Hall, but in 1963 moved to the City Park. The name originated from
the words Carnival and Barbecue. This event, which ran for
thirty-five years, featured carnival-type booths, bingo games, donkey
rides, a chicken BBQ, a street dance, a spectacular display of fireworks
and a raffle for valuable prizes - including a new automobile.
Carnique Day attracted 5000 to 10000 people to the small community of
The club remained strong in the war years
and the late 1940’s worked on war-oriented projects along with regular
The Lions Multiple District Four (MD-4)
Student Speaker Contest caught on in a big way in 1953 and has continued
to be a special event.
Since the early 1960’s the Lions Club of
Brentwood has recognized outstanding scholastic achievements of students
at Liberty Union High School and the elementary schools. Special
awards presented annually include the Pat Callaghan Science Award [in
honor of Pat Callaghan who spent his life in the field of education –
both as a teacher and a superintendent], and the Charles B. Weeks Sr.
Agriculture Award. This tradition continues today with the
addition of the Jack Adams Communications Award at Freedom High School,
and scholarships at Independence and La Paloma High Schools.
With the closing of the Continental Hotel
in 1963, a great need existed for a community center. Discussions
about a center had begun as early as 1931. However little was
accomplished until 1970, when the Brentwood Lions Community Center
became a reality. It had become a popular meeting place for many
community and charitable organizations and social groups. Used by
over 15,000 people and about 200 functions a year, the center was
expanded by 1400 sq. ft. so that gatherings of over 200 could be
accommodated. A classroom for services supporting handicapped
children and adults was also available. Today the building is home
to the Sunshine House serving the community in a different capacity.
Monday Night Bingo arrived on the scene in
1978, replacing the Carnique as the major fund-raiser. For 17
years 100-125 players joined the Lions Club of Brentwood for a 'We
Serve' bingo game. Recently our major fund-raiser has been the
Brentwood CornFest. Other fund-raising activities have included an
annual Give-A-way, Super Bingo Nights, Reno Night, golf tournaments,
special dinners, Lions Night at the “A’s”, White Cane Days, Flea
Markets, and the Oakley Almond Festival.
These fund-raisers have allowed the Lions
Club of Brentwood to make substantial contributions over the years to
many local and school projects. Such projects included: providing
examinations and eyeglasses for those in need; diabetes testing
machines; financing livestock for the Future Farmers of America (FFA);
purchasing and installing playground equipment, tables, water fountains,
rest rooms, and planting trees in the City Park; supporting the Brown
Bag Program for senior citizens; the Pantry Program for those in
emergency need the Dangerous Stranger Program for children; the Youth
Connections; the Youthful Offenders Program for children and their
families the Needy Youth Participation in Athletics and Cultural
Activities program; helping to furnish the new Brentwood Library when it
opened in 1979; supported the Gazebo Project in the City Park; the
Liberty Union High School Choir; Liberty’s cheerleaders’ trip to
Florida; the Liberty Choral Group; Hospice of East County; the Brentwood
Community Theater; the purchase of uniforms for the Liberty High School
Band and the band’s trip to Lions International Conventions in San
Francisco and Denver, Colorado; benches at the HS; library books;
eyeglass recycling; sponsorship of Cub Scout Pack 90 and Boy Scout
Troupe 90; Women's shelters; Senior Citizen services; and many other
foundations and community activities. Take a look at our current
service projects page.
(50th notes indicate $200k into the community)
Beside financially supporting the local
community and schools, the Lions Club of Brentwood as participated in
many local activities, such as the Christmas Parade, the Harvest
Festival, the restoration of the East Contra Costa historical museum,
field trips for the blind and visually impaired to orchards and
vegetable farms, and Senior Citizen services. The annual Lions
Flag Day for elementary students is always well received.
Regional, state, national and international activities are strongly supported by the Club, including the Lions Blind Centers (both Diablo Valley and Oakland), the Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada, the Ear of the Lion Foundation, Lions Club International Foundation, Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Lions Sight Savers Foundations, the Canine Companions Foundation, the City of Hope, Matteo's Dream,
and several diabetes awareness and prevention programs. In addition,
the Sight Mobile trailer, used by District 4-C3 clubs, was refurbished
by the Lions Club of Brentwood.
Two area Lions clubs were sponsored by the Lions Club of Brentwood. Bethel Island in 1962, and Discovery Bay in 1983.
The Brentwood Lions Community Involvement has resulted in four members chosen as “Citizen of the Year”.
In 1992 the Club was inducted in Liberty Union High School Athletic
Hall of Fame, and in 1994, an individual member was inducted in the Hall
of Fame as a Community Contributor. Our Club has also spawned
several district zone chairs.
Over the years the Club has held its
meetings at various locations; the barn located on the Maggiore Ranch,
the Brentwood Community Methodist Church, the American Legion Hall, the
Rolando Inn, the Continental Hotel, the Brentwood Lions Community
Center, Bairds, and Pee Wee Muldoon's. Our club meetings are
varied and always well attended.
This brief history cannot begin to tell all
the clubs worthwhile activities and contributions that have been made
to our community and Lionism over the years. We pledge to continue
our efforts to our enhance our community service and humanitarian
efforts in the years to come
Lions are an international network of 1.35 million men and women in
205 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer
the needs that challenge communities around the world.