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Lions Club Bedford Twp.

History of Lions Den

Eyeglasses and Hearing Aid Donations
Joining the Lions Club of Bedford
Clothing Donations
Lions Club Objectives

Our Story

Lions Den was founded by Lion member Ron Hershberger. The founder recognized that the community was in need of discount clothing so people would be able to afford high quality clothing at a fraction of the price.  Ron began this process by collecting clothes from garage sales that had extra clothes the owners could not sell and were not interested in keeping.  Soon word of mouth spread throughout the area and the Lions Club of Bedford Township decided to open a store.  The first stores were located in varies spots in the township each time the Lions were forced to move due to lack of space because of the expansion of how much clothing people were donating.  The Lions Club found their current home for the Lions Den on Lewis Avenue in the old Whitman Ford building.  Bedford Township bought the building from the Whitmans and was not using the front part of the building.  An unknown Lions Club member asked if the township would be interesting in leasing the front part of the building out for an indefinite time and the Lions Den has been living on the dream of Ron Hershberger for more than 15 years at the current Lewis Avenue store.  The Lions Den is operated by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Bedford Township while the Lions Club controls the financial aspect of Lions Den. 


The Lions Club of Bedford supports, among other things, the following charitable organizations:
Beaumont Children's Fund
Bedford Athletic Boosters
Bedford Business Association
Bedford Community Stadium
Bedford Quest Program
Bedord Senior High Choir Programs
Bedford Public Schools Scholarships
Bedford Schools Senior Send-offs
Bedford Senior Center
C A N Council
Francis Family YMCA
Heart of Hope
Ida Hearing Impaired Program
Leader Dogs For the Blind
Lions Club International Foundation
Lions of Michigan Service Foundation
Michigan All State Band
Michigan Eye Bank
Paws With a Cause
Penrickton Center for The Blind
Ronald McDonald House
Sight Center
The Upshaw Institute
Welcome Home for the Blind
YMCA Leo's Club

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, and means.
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.