After a number of the businessmen of Thurmont met informally at lunch for a number of months in early 1929, they decided to explore the need for a civic organization to serve the community. A committee was formed to get in touch with several such groups operating in other parts of the county. It didn't take them long to decide upon the Lions Club as their choice. With the help of some members of the Frederick Lions Club, who became their sponsor, a promotional meeting was held in the old Town Hall on October 23, 1929 and an open invitation was made for prospective members. The actual charter was presented to the club at the November I, 1929 meeting.
The original meetings were held in the Mrs. Ruth Eyler Restaurant on Water Street. Since the restaurant's closing shortly thereafter, the meetings were held at the Cozy Inn (Restaurant) until June, 2014 when meetings moved to Mountain Gate Restaurant. For many years, the Lions Club was largely representative of the business men and agricultural operations of the community. In more recent years, the organization has evolved to include other members of the community who are interested in taking part actively in civic, commercial, social, and educational projects.
Today, the club's roster of members includes men and women from many walks of life who are interested in helping others in our community.
Since its inception, the club has been an exceptional forum for discussion and action on matters of public interest.