The Bethlehem Lions Club, originally sponsored by the Albany NY Lions Club, was granted a charter by Lions Clubs International in November 1954 and has been assisting individuals, families, and community organizations in the town of Bethlehem and surrounding area ever since. While we provide community service in many forms, the primary mission of Bethlehem Lions Club is to provide assistance to individuals with vision and hearing disabilities.
Lions Clubs International was formed by Melvin Jones in Chicago, Illinois in 1917. At age 33 he was the sole owner of his own insurance agency and became a member of the local business circle. After two years, he felt that as influential businessmen, their talents could be better utilized in other areas of community life. This drive to provide community service resulted in the formation of Lions Clubs International with 27 clubs around the United States. The Association became truly international when the Lions of Detroit sponsored the Windsor Ontario Canada Lions Club in 1920.
Lions Club International Vision Statement:
To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service
Lions Club International Mission Statement:
To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs
Lions Club International Slogan:
Liberty Intelligence Our Nations Safety
Lions Club International Motto:
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.