Lions International Purposes

  • To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.

  • To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.

  • To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.

  • To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
  • To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
  • To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
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.


These Japanese words mean “I am honored to serve as international president.”

素晴らしい奉仕の1年となることを楽しみにしています。That means “I look forward to a year of great service.”

So how do Lions in Japan say “We Serve”? Well, it’s “We Serve.” Our motto is not translated. Lions throughout the world proudly proclaim “We Serve.” The universality of our motto underscores that despite language and cultural differences we Lions share a common purpose. And although I am the 99th international president, each of my predecessors having had their own priorities and approaches, international presidents have shared a common commitment to service.

So I hope my year as president is like any other as Lions continue to serve with tremendous enthusiasm and impact. Yet I also hope to make a difference in how we serve. My theme is Bringing Dignity to Others Through Humanitarian Service. That’s something that has been inherent in Lions’ service since Melvin Jones first gathered Lions together. But by intentionally focusing on my theme and keeping it in the forefront we can be sure to maintain and even improve our commitment to service.

As a doctor, I have always been dedicated to healing and to do so while treating patients in a dignified manner. A good doctor not only treats illness but pays attention to the entire person—their worries, their concerns, their struggles. If you had asked me after many years as a doctor if I treated the whole person, I would have said, “Of course.” But it took a serious illness for me to re-evaluate my approach as a doctor. Likewise, as Lions we are dedicated to service, but reassessing our approach and focusing on the dignity of others in all we do will take our service to a new level.

I ask each of you this year especially to bring dignity to children. Through a project or program I ask you to make their lives better. Working together, 1.4 million Lions can help the next generation prosper and secure good health, find opportunity and achieve happiness.

Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada

Lions Clubs International President​

1990 - Through SightFirst, Lions are restoring sight           and preventing blindness on a global scale.             Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more             than $346 million for this initiative. SightFirst           targets the major causes of blindness:        

          cataract, trachoma, river blindness,                       childhood blindness, diabetic retinopathy and           glaucoma.

Today Lions Clubs International extends our        

          mission of service every day – in local                   communities, in all corners of the globe. The           needs are great and our services broad,                 including sight, health, youth, elderly, the  

          environment and disaster relief. Our        

          international network has grown to include  

          over 200 countries and geographic areas.​

1945 - The ideal of an international organization is             exemplified by our enduring relationship with           the United Nations. We were one of the first           nongovernmental organizations invited to               assist in the drafting of the United Nations               Charter and have supported the work of the             UN ever since.

1957 - In the late 1950s, we created the Leo                     Program to provide the youth of the world \             with an opportunity for personal development           through volunteering. There are              

          approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo             clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.​

1968 -Lions Clubs International Foundation assists           Lions with global and large-scale local          

          humanitarian projects. Through our

          Foundation, Lions meet the needs of their               local and global communities.​

Lions Clubs International is the World's Largest service Club Organization.


To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. 


To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Our History

1917 - ​Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago            

          business leader, asked a simple and world-

          changing question – what if people put their

          talents to work improving their communities?

          Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs

          International is the world's largest service               club organization, with 1.35 million members           in more than 46,000 clubs and countless                 stories of Lions acting on the same simple             idea: let's improve our communities.

1920 -Just three years after our founding, Lions  

          became international when we established               the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in             1927. In the 1950s and 1960s international             growth accelerated, with new clubs in          

          Europe, Asia and Africa.​

1925 -Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs                   International Convention in Cedar Point,                 Ohio, USA, and challenged Lions to become          "knights of the blind in the crusade against              darkness." Since then, we have worked        

         tirelessly to aid the blind and visually  


No Translation Required: WE SERVE

2015-2016 International President

District 24-A
Virginia - United States