"Lead with Speed, Dare to Fail, Volunteer With Passion" -- PDG Larry Hidalgo

What Are Lions All About?

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.


Who Are Lions Clubs International?
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members forming 46,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas around the world. We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat, and with people we may never meet.

Lions Provide Relief for Yosemite Rim Fire
The Yosemite Rim Fire is one of the worst wildfires in California history. Thousands of firefighters came to fight the fire and hundreds of Lions came together to serve. Lions helped American Red Cross set up the evacuation center. Lions volunteered to run the kitchen and prepare and serve meals for displaced people. With an emergency grant from the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), in addition to donations from local restaurants and food pantry, Lions are able to serve approximately 1,200 meals a day to fire fighters, Red Cross volunteers and evacuees.


Millbrae and District 4-C4 Lions at the San Bruno Gas Explosion!
On the evening of September 9, 2010 San Bruno was shaken by an explosion and  assaulted by a huge inferno fueled by a ruptured 30” gas line. Homes and cars were immediately incinerated. People rushed out of their homes and away from the fire. Police closed roads, forcing many commuters living in unaffected neighborhoods to find shelter for the night. Nobody had to turn on the 5PM news to know there was a extraordinary fire in San Bruno, you only had to look at the enormous brown smoke in the sky.

Milbrae Lions immediately leaped into action, deploying  their new mobile emergency response kitchen to the City of San Bruno. Watch the video to see how Lions from San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Golden Gate, Brisbane, BASO, and South San Francisco were able to feed not just those displaced by the fire, but also the large number of firefighters, police, paramedics and other rescue workers on the scene battling the disaster.


LQ - Lions Quarterly - July 2015
In this issue of Lions Quarterly:

  • Catch a glimpse of the first 100 years of Lions;
  • Learn how Lions in Hawaii are fighting hunger with  a community garden;
  • See youth embrace peace at a Lions camp in Norway;
  • And much more!
Watch the current edition of Lions Quarterly.

To watch earlier editions of Lions Quarterly, visit the Lions Quarterly Archive.

LQ – Lions Quarterly video magazine shares inspiring stories of how Lions make a difference in communities around the world. LQ is posted in January, April, July and October of each year.



The June 2015 Edition of LION Magazine:

Published in 21 languages, LION Magazine is the official publication of Lions Clubs International. The digital LION includes videos, archival stories, supplemental materials and links.

In the current issue:

Include in the current digital edition of LION Magazine are the following Digital LION Videos:

  • Drawing a Bead  Kids use colored beads to reproduce a Peace Poster.
  • Special Organization  Special Olympics changes lives.
  • Andy the Swimmer  Special Olympian athlete finds his passion.
  • Amazing Service  Latest LQ showcases clubs' projects.
  • The Art of Peace  Peace Poster Contest draws millions of contestants.
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Past issues of LION Magazine are available in digital format for one year.

Lion Magazine - June 2015


Leadership Development
Learning is a lifelong process and Lions Clubs International believes all leaders can benefit from training. In support of this idea, Lions Clubs International provides an extensive variety of leadership training and development opportunities; through which current and future leaders can enhance their leadership skills.

Lions Clubs International offers both the training, and the opportunity to practice those skills in real-life service projects. The leadership skills that make Lions Clubs International so successful are the same leadership skills businesses seek in their employees.

Many companies are reducing or eliminating training. By becoming a Lion you can participate in the extensive range of leadership courses offered by Lions Club International (LCI) at little or no cost. Furthermore, you can gain valuable practical experience applying your newly learnt skills in a variety of hands on real-life projects that benefit your community, while meeting new people, and developing life-long friendships. Then apply those newly learnt skills at work, enhancing your value to your employer.

Visit the Lions Learning Center to learn more about the extensive range of courses available.


Lions Clubs International History
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.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.

Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history
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.


June 7, 2017 will be the centenary of Lions Club International. 100 years of service!



What Have Milpitas Gateway Lions Been Up To?

Take a look at our Events & Activies page to see details of upcoming events and what we've recently been up to.

Or check our Calendar to see upcoming events, which you are welcome to join us at.



Want To Learn More About Lions Clubs International?

If you live in or are visiting the Silicon Valley area of California, you are very welcome to visit and participate in one of our activities or a Milpitas Gateway Lions Club meeting. We meet on the first & third Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM -- in the Upstairs Meeting Room of the American Legion Post 564 at 2120 Walsh Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Call Club President Lion David Martin at 408-829-1931 for more details.

If Silicon Valley is a little too far for you to come, check the Lions Club International website's About Lions Clubs page, or use the Lions Club International Find a Club tool and enter your town or city in the search bar, then click "Search" to discover a Lions Club near you. There are Lions Clubs all around the world! 




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.

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