Who are the Lions?
- Lions Clubs are an international network of men and women who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities across the world.Lions are serious about their commitment to humanitarian service, but have fun along the way.
- Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
LIONS CODE OF ETHICS (RULES THEY FOLLOW)
- TO SHOW my faith in the worthiness of my vocations 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 of 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.
- 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 bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in work, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor, and means.
- TO AID my fellow man 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
LIONS OBJECTIVES (WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO
· TO CREATE and foster a spirit of "generous consideration" among the people of the world through a study of the problems of international relations.
· TO PROMOTE the theory and practice of the principles of good government and good citizenship.
· TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, social, and moral welfare of the community
· TO UNITE the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutual understand.
· TO PROVIDE a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters of public interest, partisan politics, and sectarian religion alone excepted.
· TO ENCOURAGE efficiency and promote high ethical standards in business and professions; provided that no club shall hold out as one of its objects financial benefits to its members.
WHAT HAVE THEY DONE?
In 207 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we're local, we can serve the unique needs of the communities we live in. And because we're global, we can address challenges that go beyond borders.
Whether it's providing youth volunteer opportunities and leadership experiences in a Leo club or sharing a message of peace through our Peace Poster contest, our youth programs invest in the future by reaching out to young people.
We serve local communities – and protect the planet. From performing hands-on community work and service projects to providing emergency assistance, our community and environment programs improve our communities – and protect the environment.
BECOMING A MEMBER
As a Lions club member, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who are doing local volunteer work to support your community – right now. You’ll also become a member of Lions Clubs International, a respected international organization, a leader in your local community and a friend to people in need.
There are many reasons to become a member. As a Lion, you will:
- Help your community and gain valuable skills
- Make an impact on people's lives – locally and internationally
- Learn to be a leader – and lead a respected organization
- Network with business people in your community and around the world
- Energize your life and have fun
You'll grow personally and professionally. And you'll know that the community volunteer work you perform is worthwhile and appreciated.
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.