About Us

On August 19, 1921, thirty-three people signed the charter of the "Fort Dodge Lions Club". M.F. Jeffries was one of those great leaders of our community who saw a need for an organization such as the Lions in our city. “Milt”, as he was known to many, has since passed away, but will be remembered by many as truly a fine gentleman and a good Lion.

The "Fort Dodge Lions Club" was the 26th club founded in Iowa. The club first met at the Wahkonsa Hotel, then the Warden Hotel, then the Eilers Hotel, then back to the Wahkonsa until moving to Treloars Inn for many years. For a number, of years the noon meetings were held at the Elks Club. In the 1990’s the meetings were changed to the Bonanza, then the Country Chef and back to Bonanza Restaurant, then to Rides Restaurant and then to our current home, the Lion’s Den f/k/a Izaak Walton Chapter House.

Many prominent Fort Dodgers have served as the club president over the years, some of which are E.M. McCall (the first president), James Dolliver, Dwight Rider, Harlan Rogers, Gordy DeKoster, Larry Ackerman and former Mayor Herb Conlon.

The "Fort Dodge Lions Club" has had the honor over the years of being the host club to 6 Lions Clubs International District Governors:
Mac McHenry 1953-54
Dan Stevenson 1959-60
Max Burch 1977-78
Jr. Williams 1990-91
Herb Conlon 1997-98
Cliff Weldon 2002-03

In 1974, the "Fort Dodge Lions Club" became known as the "Fort Dodge Noon Lions Club" as it sponsored a new club called the "Fort Dodge Evening Lions Club". The club also, in the past, has sponsored a Lioness Club here in Fort Dodge and is working toward starting a Leo Club for high school students.

The Fort Dodge Noon Lions Club celebrated its 100th anniversary on Aug. 19, 2021, when they invited many VIPs to this special event, including Lions Clubs International Past International Director Dave Stoufer.

Club Information
Club Name:Fort Dodge Noon Lions
LCIF ID:4032
Meeting Place:The Lions Den
(Formerly Isaac Walton League Clubhouse)
Meeting Address:731 Exposition Drive
City, State Zip:Fort Dodge, IA 50501
Charter Date: August 19, 1921
Contact:Brian Becker
Meeting Information
Next Regular Business Meeting
Location: Lions Den
Date: June 26, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM
Meeting Notes:
Lunch starts at 11:30am with meeting starting at noon.

Everyone is encouraged to Ask One person to come to the meeting and learn about what it means to be a Lion.
Know someone who is interested in seeing what Lion's do?
Invite them to visit a club meeting any week - guests are always welcome!
Next Board Meeting
Location: Lions Den
Date: June 19, 2024
Meetings are held the Third Wednesday of each month.
Time: 12:00 PM
Meeting Notes:
Lunch starts at 11:30am with meeting starting at noon.

All board and non-board members are welcome to attend.