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  


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.

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


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

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.​


To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service. 

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.​

2018-2019 International President

Gudrun Yngvadottir is from Iceland

We can achieve this if we focus on maximizing four important areas of Lions:

01 Moving membership forward
Each member matters. Inviting new members, and keeping current members engaged, is the best way to build the strongest service possible. In many regions, we also need to focus on inviting women to join us to reach our full potential.

02 Increasing leadership development
Every Lion is a leader. By providing members with leadership skills, and increasing leadership opportunities for women, we can help all Lions reach their potential.

03 Promoting the fellowship of Lions

Friendship is a key component of Lions. The relationships we develop are lifelong and create the ties that make our service so strong. Let’s make sure this shines through in every member’s club experience.

04 Sharing our stories
Storytelling is powerful. When we share our life-changing service stories, our communities will understand who we are and what we do. Social media and marketing can help us get our message out and invite others to join us in making a difference.  We can reach a new world of service that lies beyond the horizon.

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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.