It is with a very heavy heart that we share news of the passing of our

First Vice President Lion Judge Haynes Townsend.  VP Townsend was a very 

dear friend to Virginia Lions.  He and his dear wife Lion Donna visited our Multiple

District many times, the first visit was at the November 2010 District 24-C Fall Conference.

Haynes Henton Townsend, 64, of Dalton went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

He was the son of the late Clifford and Evelyn Townsend and was also preceded in death by his uncle, Emmett Henton.

Haynes had a servant heart and a love for community. He started working at Fraker Hardware at age 15 and later served as Chief Magistrate Judge for Whitfield County for 22 years. He was the current vice president of Lions Club International and was to be named president at the international convention in June. He was an outstanding friend, loved photography and loved his family deeply. He loved to read and had an incredible sense of knowledge. Haynes believed kindness matters and was an example of how kindness can change the world.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Donna Lord Townsend; daughter and her fiancé, Morgan Townsend and Travis Vitali; daughter and son-in-law, Madison and Kenneth Rutledge, Jr.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Henry and Becky Lord; aunt, Geneva “Nene” Henton; cousins, Brian and Teresa Henton and Debra and Chuck Harris.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Sunday at Dalton First United Methodist Church with Rev. Terry Flemming and Rev. Chuck Harris officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 until 3 in the atrium.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Lions Club International Foundation, 300 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523.


Lions of Virginia Tax Exemption Certificate

The Virginia Department of Taxation requires each Lions Club to obtain an individual Club tax exemption. 

Beginning 2019 Clubs will no longer be allowed to use the Lions of Virginia state exemption.

Using your Club EIN number, please visit and register with Virginia Department of Taxation - Nonprofit

If you have questions, please contact

State Secretary Treasurer Lion Tammie Brightwell 540-342-5466



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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.






  In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. 



  The Commonwealth of Virginia proudly joined its ranks in 1921. Currently there are three Districts. 






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