We are the Austin Capital City Lions Club, a community focused organization, concentrating mostly on the East Austin area. We are one chapter of a larger organization that has more than 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries. Our motto: WE SERVE!
We also have the distinction of being the oldest predominantly African American Lions Club in the country, having been founded on Aug. 12, 1967. The late attorney Virgil C. Lott served as our first President.
We engage in several service projects a year and provide scholarships annually to high school seniors entering college.
In August 2021, our club provided breakfast to teachers at Kealing Middle School to welcome them back to the classroom. Since then, we have worked with them on several of their “Service Days” and will continue to support them going into next year. The Austin Capital City Lions is also proud to support the Family Eldercare Fan Drive, in which we raised $1,110 to purchase fans for senior citizens without air conditioning as well as the Central Texas Food Bank.
Justine Lewis & Mirian Jones-Clark Scholarship Fund
In the past, our club has provided $500 scholarships to high school students entering college, a tradition we are proud of. In February 2020, we decided to name our scholarship fund after two hard-working and dedicated members, Lion Justine Lewis and Lion Mirian Jones-Clark. At our club meeting on Sept. 15, 2021, our club voted unanimously to increase our scholarship fund to provide two students a $1,000 scholarship each.
Lion Justine Lewis was a loyal club member for 30 years until her passing in 2018. She sponsored her daughter, Lion Mirian Jones-Clark, into the club in 1993. She graduated from Huston Tillotson College in 1948 with a degree in Home Economics and later graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Texas. She was a teacher for 59 years and was heavily involved in her church, Ebenezer 3rd Baptist Church, the Capital City Food Bank, and many other civic organizations.
Lion Mirian Jones-Clark has been a member of the Austin Capital City Lions Club for over 25 years. Throughout her time in club, she has led many projects, including the annual school supplies drive, and has organized our scholarship fund for the past several years. In 2018, she was presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship, our club’s highest honor, for her hard work and dedication to our club.