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Welcome to Monmouth Lions Club

 

Founded 1974

 

Who are we ?

We are your local Lions club of Monmouth. We are part of Lions Clubs International, a community service organisation dedicated to fostering a community spirit and helping those in need.

We do this by our fundraising events so that we can donate money to worthy causes, whether individuals or organisations - helping people in our local community, nationally and internationally.

   We raise funds locally from:

  • Annual Plant sales
  • Equine Fun rides
  • Monmouth Show car parking
  • Street collections
  • Supper evenings
  • Supermarket bag packing 
  • Any bright ideas we can come up with.

Our members devote as much or as little time as they are able. It's not all hard work: we have lots of social events, quiz nights, skittles, BBQ's, meals etc.

CENTENNIAL OF THE FOUNDING OF LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL.

This month Monmouth Lions Club is proudly joining Lions Clubs across the world in celebrating the centennial of the founding of Lions Clubs International.

In 1917, Melvin Jones was a successful insurance agency owner and a member of the Business Circle of Chicago. He encouraged his fellow members to expand beyond their business interests and seek the betterment of the community, saying “You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.”

He also contacted similar groups, inviting them to meet and discuss forming a new organisation. That organisational meeting was held on June 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois USA.

Based on the success of that meeting, the first Lions Clubs convention was held in Dallas, Texas in October of that year, where Dr. William Woods of Evansville, Indiana was elected as the first President. Melvin Jones was named Secretary Treasurer and authorized to establish a headquarters in Chicago.

Our new association expanded rapidly, becoming international in 1920, with the addition of a club in Windsor, Canada. In 1927, the Nuevo Laredo club was formed in Mexico and a number of other clubs in Latin America quickly followed. With the addition of Lions Clubs in Lismore, Australia; Stockholm, Sweden; and Manila, Philippines in the 1940s, Lions were well on their way to a global presence.

By 1950, there were more than 400,000 Lions in 31 countries and we would soon include every continent with the establishment of a club in Casablanca, Morocco in 1953 and one by Antarctica research scientists in 1957.

In 1925, Helen Keller spoke at the Lions convention and challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind.” Lions enthusiastically accepted her challenge, expanding their service to people who were visually impaired. To allow people who were blind to navigate streets more safely, Lion George Bonham painted a cane white with a red band in 1930, an innovation that is still in use today.

And in 1939 members of the Detroit Uptown Lions Club converted a farmhouse into a guide dog school, helping to popularise the idea of service dogs. Many clubs continue to provide guide dog and other sight-related services, such as eyeglass recycling, vision screening, and eye bank support. Through these efforts, Lions have gained worldwide recognition for improving the lives of those who are blind and visually impaired.

Landmarks in Lions Clubs’ development include:

In 1954, the motto “We Serve” was chosen.

In 1957, the first Leo Club was chartered, giving young people the opportunity to serve. Today there are more than 6700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries.

In 1968, the Lions Clubs International Foundation was established.  The foundation, which provides funding for disaster relief, youth, sight and other humanitarian projects, now awards millions of dollars in grants each year, largely through the generosity of Lions.

In 1987, membership was opened to women.  Today, women make up nearly 30% of our membership and are the fastest growing segment of members.

One of the purposes of Lions Clubs is “To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.” In addition to the global reach of our service mission, Lions Clubs also:

- Foster Twinning between clubs to formalize friendships with clubs in other countries, learn about different cultures and exchange experiences and ideas about what it means to be a Lion.

- Run Youth Camp and Exchange Programs to develop thousands of young global citizens by encouraging peace and promoting international understanding.

- Have supported the United Nations since its founding and continues partnering with UN agencies today. Each year, Lions Day with the UN gives Lions the opportunity to demonstrate how the UN and Lions can continue to help those in need on a global scale.

Today, there are 1.4 million Lions in more than 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas; and all united by a single idea: We Serve.

Monmouth Lions Club was founded in 1974 and continues to provide support locally (eg Monmouth food bank, scouts, guides and Christmas food parcels); nationally (eg Cumbria Flood Relief and Target Ovarian Cancer); and internationally (eg the Haiti Hurricane Appeal and the Lions’ programme to eradicate measles world-wide). We are grateful to people in Monmouth and the locality for all their generosity and support to help those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Anyone interested in joining the Monmouth Lions Club or finding out more about the Lions’ activities, please contact Peter Davies tel 01600 715301.

 

 

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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