Welcome to the Website of a Founder Club of Lionism

President Jeffrey Thigpen

Welcome to the Temple Founder Lions Club! My name is Jeffrey Thigpen, and I am currently serving as the 2023-2024 President of the Temple Founder Lions Club here in Temple, Texas. We are a “Founder” Club because our group was organized in 1917, which was the beginning of Lionism in the United States. We take great pride in having “Founder” Club status. To quote the Lions International Website, “whenever a Lions Club gets together, problems get smaller and communities get better.” That is because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. For a century, the Temple Founder Lions Club has done just this by supporting the communities in and around Bell County, Texas. With this year’s club motto focusing on “Strengthening Leaders in Service for Future Generations,” and with “We Serve” as the credo of Lions worldwide, our communities’ needs are well-supported.

Identifying and responding to the needs of the community is our main goal. This is done through our foundation, Temple Lions Club Parks and Charities. We have assisted financially and physically with Lions Junction Water Park in Temple, the Lion Sam Farrow Amphitheater, Lion Charles Stout Walking Trail, Central Texas Children’s Center, Ralph Wilson Youth Club, Temple Community Clinic, Ronald McDonald House, as well as Amy’s House, the Bell County Youth Fair, the Temple Literacy Council, Operation Feeding Temple, Zoe’s Wings, and Texas Ramp Project just to name a few. However, the crown jewel of our club is the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville. This is a summer camp for children with diabetes and other disabilities. The children often say, “This is the one place and the one time of the year where we feel normal.” We make a trip to the camp every year to cook burgers/hot dogs and attend the awards ceremony, which is a life-changing experience. We support these charities through our fundraising events: the Reverse Raffle held every January/February, Lions Follies annual show in April, the annual Don Gregory Golf Tournament in October, and others throughout the year.

If you are new to the area, I encourage you to visit one of our Wednesday noon meetings. Ask around, we are now 100 members strong and chances are, you know a Temple Founder Lion. If not, call me and you can be my guest at our next meeting. Check out the Membership link on the website to learn more about being a member, and also visit us on Facebook at “Temple Founder.” Click on the “Contact Us” link of this website to discover when and where we hold our meetings, along with links to many other program details.

If community service is important to you, then you have come to the right place. We are looking forward to inducting YOU as the next member of the Temple Founder Lions Club!

    Jeffrey Thigpen
    President 2023-2024
    Phone: (254) 727-9387
    E-mail: thigpen.jeff@gmail.com