Columbus Southeast Lions

Est. 1940

It's time for a great South-End/South-Side debate! ​

In honor of The Great South-end, South-side Debate and Reunion on December 18th, make a donation to the Southeast Lions Club as a South-End or a South-Side supporter! Your donations help decide which title will reign in 2022! All donation proceeds support the South-end/side. Are you a south-ender or a south-sider? Cast your vote now!

Service. Friendship. Fellowship.

The Southeast Lions club has been serving the Columbus community since 1940. Our mission is to improve the quality of life in Southeast Columbus by taking a leadership role within the community to identify our neighbors challenges, and provide funding and support to those in need. Being a Lion is not just about service. It’s also about fun, friendship, and fellowship. Many life-long friendships are established through the Lions work be it, service projects, fundraising efforts and community meetings. As part of the Southeast Lions club, community is the center of what drives us to honor our mission.

About Southeast Lions

Lions Mission Statement

Improve the quality of life in Southeast Columbus by taking a leadership role within the community to identify and provide funding and support to meet these needs.

2021 Southeast Lions Roar Annual Newspaper

Since 1949, The Southeast Lions Club has published our annual report, “The Southeast Lions Roar — Good Newspaper” to our community providing information about the many projects completed in Southeast Columbus. We thank all who support our paper with advertising and donations so that projects are possible, benefitting this community. The Southeast Lions Club is proudly “The Club That Gets Things Done” thanks to you, our community! 

This is your copy of our report to the community and our promise to our advertisers to distribute thousands of copies of our Southeast Lions Roar Newspaper throughout our community.

Blessed Holiday Season to all our members, friends & sponsors!

Our club is exciting and growing in 2021 by another four (4) members. Diversification continues to grow as we blend all walks of life into our club. We are reminded that the most important requisite to joining our club is that – one must have a willingness to serve the citizens in the south side of Columbus. If you have that desire to serve the youth and others less fortunate than ourselves then feel free to attend one of our meetings and consider joining our SERVICE oriented club.

Furthermore we celebrated 60 years of dedicated service by Lion John Hoermle this summer. 60 years! For over half a century Lion John has dedicated his life to serve others and give back to his community selflessly. We had a beautiful Autumn day lake­side celebration with barbeque, drinks, laughter and boat rides – a perfect day to celebrate and with many of John’s family. What an accomplishment! Thank you Lion John for your continued dedication and service to the south side. We are again meeting in person with fewer meetings this year however this has not stopped our ability to serve the community and remain “the club that gets things done”. We continue in this way with the support of our sponsors and contributors of our club – Thank you!

I have been honored again to serve our club during this year. Commitment and dedication to service within the south side of Columbus is what our club is about. Many of the programs sponsored by our club have been serving the south side for decades and the Southeast Lions Club supported them again this year, thanks to you! Without your financial support we would not be able to contribute to so many vital missions in Columbus – thank you!

We are reminded of every act of service we commit, we may never understand the ripple effect that occurs from touching one’s life, yet we are touching lives and making a difference, making things better for others. This is our mission! I would like to thank everyone of our advertisers and supporters for being there for us – our success is dependent upon your generous donations to our cause. As a SE Lion’s club we define success as being able to do more, give more, support youth activities and impact lives of our community in the south side. I congratulate one of our newer Lions, Lion Donna Bates for her prestigious award this year. Lion Donna joined the SE Lions several years ago and is already an officer on our board. The city of Columbus presented an award to Lion Donna as an “unsung hero”, making her neighborhood (on the south-end) a better place and involved in countless community organizations. See for yourself – Lion Donna states, “that she follows in her mother’s footsteps of active collaborative activism”. Thank you Lion Donna for your selfless service to your neighborhood in the south-end. You are truly a servants servant with a heart of gold!

I would also like to thank all our Lions that selflessly serve and play a vital role in the success our club. Thank you for your continued dedication and hard work in touching lives of others in our community.

May God continue to bless our service and our community in the south side of Columbus.

Blessings & Good Health,
Lion President Kelly Reagan

The Southeast Lions were founded in 1940 and and have been serving the south­end/south-side of Columbus for 81 years and this is our 73rd edi­tion of the Lion’s Roar. Much has changed throughout the years, but one thing remains the same, we all love our neighbor­hoods. Whether we grew up here or are just moving in, and whether we identify as South­-enders or South-siders, we con­tinue to love and serve our com­munity welcoming everyone in our work space, our neighbor­hoods-all in hand helping our neighborhoods thrive.

The SE Lions have proudly supported hundreds of neigh­borhood programs, schools and organizations throughout the decades, donating millions of dollars and logging tens of thou­sands of service hours. Despite our long history of service, we are invigorated by the spirit and resiliance of our neighbors and are committed to serve for decades to come. And we ask for your help. Whether you would like to join our club, donate your time, your trea­sures, or simply be a good neighbor by being an advocate in your community. We ask that you commit to help making 2022 better than 2021, by joining us. Every member, every hour of sevice, every dollar and frankly, every friendly gesture like a wave or smile, will help us all thrive. We ask that you join us in celebrating and supporting our beautiful South-end/South­-side neighborhood. You can be the example of what it means to be united in our community. We are all in this together!

Learn more about our SE Lions club and our neighborhood now! Please consider making a donation.

The Southeast Lions are a 100% volunteer service organi­zagion and all proceeds donated to the south-end/south-side stay in the south-end/south-side. Let us know if you are a South­-ender or South-sider and post a video or photo on our Facebook group page “Columbus Southeast Lions Club”. We wish you a 2022 filled with good cheer, great neighbors, good will toward one another and great times together.

Lions Code of Ethics

Lions Code of Ethics from 1950 Lions Roar

To show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit reputation for quality of service. To seek success and to demand all fair enumeration 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 my fellow man, to resolve such doubt against myself. To hold friendship as an end, 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 bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and my community, and to give to them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means. To be careful with my criticisms, and liberal with my praise, to build up and not destroy.


Southeast Lions Club Foundation

We are a 100% volunteer organization. The entirety of your donation goes to worthy programs that support our neighborhoods.

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Donation Total: $20.00


Please download your copy of the Lion’s Roar and donate any amount here to support our South Side Neighborhoods. If you have purchased an ad for the paper you may make payment here as well.


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Donation Total: $1.00


This year, the Southeast Lions will have given to over 2,020 separate projects since our founding in 1940. (How cool is that?!)
Here is a list of the organizations we have supported since our founding.

The Good Program

Financial support to Ron Derry for 22 schools support

Southeast High School Band Boosters

Financial & provide meals

Keep Columbus Beautiful

Clean up initiative, manpower to pick up trash

Ronald McDonald House Charities Board

Provide meals

Camp Echoing Hills

Financial support for disabled children to attend summer camp

Dominican Sisters of Peace


71st Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Financial, candy & workers @Schiller Park

Dominican Learning Center


St. Ladislas and St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry


Voice Corps


Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Columbus

Financial assistance to children attending Reeb Center after school and summer projects

Newsreel Magazine



Financial – Cornea implant program

Schiller Community Center

Fishing Derby for Youth – Financial

Charity Newsies

Financial to clothe children in need


Members of the our club range in age from their 20s to their 90s. We have veterans from WWII and members who just graduated from college. This makes our club special as members learn from each other and serve together to make the neighborhood stronger and more vibrant. We welcome diversity. The only requirement for joining is a willingness to show up and selflessly serve. Come meet us at one of our general meetings and get to know our pride. Email us at