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The Lions motto is "We Serve." 

The Lions first began in 1917.  Melvin Jones, was a Chicago business leader who told members of his local business club they should reach beyond issues and address the btterment of their communities and the world.

 Our clubs are places where individuals join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world.

1917: The Beginning of Lions Club International:

1920: The Lions Go International:

1925: Becoming "Knights of the Blind":

1945: Uniting Nations:

1957: Leos are Introduced

1968: Establishing Our Foundation:

1990: Sight First Is Launched:

2017: Lions Turn 100!


  • SightFirst – one of LCIF’s most notable programs – celebrates 30 years of funding efforts to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness and provide services to persons who are blind or have a visual impairment. Discover more about SightFirst’s vision for all.
  • As our world unites to address the COVID-19 pandemic, LCIF is responding to the immense challenges facing humankind.


  • LCIF goes virtual with Foundation Fridays! Lions and Leos around the world are finding new ways to connect with LCIF and in their communities.

  • The LCIF-Special Olympics partnership is celebrating 20 years of free vision screenings for athletes through the Opening Eyes program. Since partnering, more than 445,000 athletes have been screened and prescription eyewear provided to more than 189,000 athletes globally.

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