We are a club rich in history and tradition. The Ventura Downtown Lions Club, originally called the Lions Club of Ventura, was chartered on April 27, 1923 by such visionaries as Fred W. Smith (president 1933-34) who went on to become President of the International Association of Lions clubs in 1947-48, and Erle Stanley Gardner, famous attorney, writer, and “father” of Perry Mason (protagonist of many murder mystery books and a popular television series). For more information or to get involved with the Ventura Downtown Lions Club, please contact any of our members or click here to learn more about membership. Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in 193 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.