Lions trace their beginning to 1917 A.D. when a Chicago insurance man, Melvin Jones, was inspired to expand the scope of the local businessmen’s club into activities to improve conditions in the community and the world at large. His idea was accepted by his club and other business groups and that same year they organized the first convention in Dallas,Texas with 22 clubs represented. At that first meeting work was begun on objectives and a code of ethics. Where as members of business associations had prided themselves on mercenary individualism this new organization held that no club shall have as its purpose the financial betterment of its members.

By 1920 A.D. the Association of Lions Clubs had become International with the formation of the first Canadian club.

Subsequently clubs were organized in Cuba, Mexico, and China.

By 1927 A.D. there were over eleven hundred Lions Clubs worldwide.

The Lions involvement with blindness had its roots in a presentation by Helen Keller at a Lions convention in 1925 A.D.. She asked the Lions to become the Knights of the Blind. Thus began an active and growing involvement in service to the blind and visually impaired.

In 1990 A.D. the Sight First program was initiated with a goal of striving to rid the world of preventable blindness. Lions worldwide have funded this effort with over 200 million dollars.

Local Lions Clubs and our International organization are also involved in youth programs, community betterment projects, diabetes education, hearing programs and other activities for the betterment of mankind. Through our International Foundation Lions are able to provide disaster relief in the United States and around the world.

At present there is over 1.4 million men and women in 48,000 Lion Clubs in 714 Districts from 206 countries working toward the goals of Lionism.

Lioness is a Successful Business Women Network for dynamic, aspiring, graceful women to quench the thirst for culture, knowledge, and elegant lifestyle. They meet in Lioness Clubs which are for women only.


Lions meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired, and working with local youth to medical missions and disaster relief.


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