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Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. Our 1.35 million members - who perform community service in 207 countries and geographic areas - are different in many ways, but share a core belief: community is what we make it.

When you join Lions, you join a global service network. So, at the same time you're doing local community service, you can also contribute to Lions volunteer efforts around the world.

Learn more about Lions - our history, mission and community service work.


Lions Clubs – Ready to Help, Worldwide

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.

The World's Largest Service Club Organization

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world's largest service club organization. We're also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.
 


Community Volunteer Work that Makes a Difference

If you’re interested in volunteering, leading projects, networking and having fun – you can do all of this and more as a Lions club member. As a Lion, you’ll perform local volunteer work to improve your community – and communities around the world.

You can join a local club that meets in person. A cyber club that meets online. Or a special interest club based on your profession, a hobby or anything you care about. You can plan a local project to protect the environment. Recycle eyeglasses to help the working poor. Or bring clean water to a remote village. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sharing, caring and making a difference.

Join an International Network of Volunteers and Friends

As a Lions club member, you’ll join a local group of service-minded men and women who are doing local volunteer work to support your community – right now. You’ll also become a member of Lions Clubs International, a respected international organization, a leader in your local community and a friend to people in need.

There are many reasons to become a member. As a Lion, you will:

Help your community and gain valuable skills
Make an impact on people's lives – locally and internationally
Learn to be a leader – and lead a respected organization
Network with business people in your community and around the world
Energize your life and have fun
You'll grow personally and professionally. And you'll know that the community volunteer work you perform is worthwhile and appreciated.

 

Join an International Network of Volunteers and Friends

Right now, Lions are improving communities around the world. We're meeting to plan a local project. We're sponsoring international exchanges for young people. We're bringing clean drinking water to a remote village. We're building. We're sharing. We're repairing. And we're having fun.

We have community clubs that meet in person. Cyber clubs that meet online. Andspecial interest clubs that can be based on your profession, a hobby or anything you care about. Each club matches the needs of its members to help them support their community – right now.

Lions Clubs Members

Lions are groups of service-minded men and women who are interested in improving their communities. We are young people, families and Baby Boomers alike. To become a Lion is to become an active volunteer, a member of a respected international organization, a leader in your community and a friend to people in need. Learn moreabout what we do.

There are many reasons to become a member. As a Lion, you'll:

  • Help your community and gain valuable skills
  • Make an impact on people's lives – locally and internationally
  • Learn to be a leader – and lead a respected organization
  • Network with business people in your community and around the world
  • Energize your life and have fun

You'll grow personally and professionally. And you'll know that what you do is worthwhile and appreciated.

Becoming a Member

Membership in a Lions club is by invitation.  It's also possible to start a new club.

 

Join an Existing Club – or Start a New One

Welcome! We're pleased that you're interested in Lions. To become a Lion, you must be of legal majority, good moral character and good reputation in your community.  

Membership is by invitation. If you're interested in being invited to join an existing Lions club:

  • Contact the club and express your interest.
  • Ask if you can attend a meeting to learn more about the club and its service projects.
  • At the meeting, ask about becoming a member.

If you can't find a club near you, start a new club with a group of friends or colleagues. Or fill out the Prospective Member Form, and we will forward your contact information to a club in your area.

For more information about becoming a Lion, contact our membership team.

 

Choose the Membership That's Right for You

Lions clubs are composed of diverse people in communities in nearly every corner of the world. That's why we offer several ways to become a Lion – and serve.

  • Regular Member. Are you interested in volunteering, community service and making our world a better place in which to live? Lions Clubs International (LCI) offers community members the opportunity to volunteer locally together as a group. Members are expected to meet membership requirements such as dues set by the club and LCI. Take the first step toward membership today – contact alocal club and ask to be invited to a meeting. 
  • Family Membership. Looking for special programs and activities you can do with your family? A family membership allows relatives to volunteer together at a reduced dues rate. Family members must meet membership requirements, live in the same household and belong to the same club. Children cannot become members, but can participate in age-appropriate activities and attend club meetings. Tell the club you are joining you want to join as a family.
  • Student Member. Would you like to make new friends – and help others in your community at the same time? With a student membership, your dues are reduced. If you are enrolled in an educational institution and between the age of legal majority and 30, tell the club you are joining that you would like to take advantage of the Student Member Program dues discount.

For more membership information, contact our membership team.

 

Strengthening Communities in New Ways

You share our passion. You have ideas about how to improve your part of the world. And you know people who are willing to help. But there isn't a Lions club near you. Don't worry. That's exactly how many of our clubs get started.

Choosing a Club Format

While community-based clubs are our tradition, we realize that one size does not fit all. That's why we offer several club formats for you to choose from:

  • Traditional Lions clubs are ideal for bringing together a group of community-minded people to serve the needs of their community in any way – and can be formed anywhere.
  • New Century Lions clubs are designed for young adults who are age 35 or younger at the time of club formation, and offer flexibility to fit busy lifestyles. Members meet and volunteer as their schedules permit – and rely on Web resources to communicate and perform club administration.
  • Campus Lions clubs are designed for college and university students, administrators, faculty, alumni and other community-minded individuals. Members serve the campus community while developing valuable leadership and business skills.
  • Club branches enable a small group of people to form a Lions club and start making a difference in their community sooner. Members become part of an existing "parent" Lions club, but select their own projects and activities.

You can also start a new Lions club based on your interests or circumstances:

  • Perhaps you have a hobby you enjoy, a community project you'd like to work on or want to volunteer with business colleagues. If so, a Special Interest Lions clubcould be right for you.
  • Maybe you'd like to organize a club that includes members from distant geographic areas – or holds club meetings online for convenience. If so, a Cyber Lions club will help you organize a club through the Internet.
  • Or, you might prefer to work on projects that serve people with intellectual disabilities. If so, a Special Olympics Lions Club might be a good choice for you.

Whatever the case, we will help you start a Lions club that works best for you and your community.

Ordering a Club Formation Kit

If you would like to receive a new club formation kit, please contact our new clubs team. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone number and the type of club you're interested in.


7 Reasons to Become a Lion!

 

People considering joining their local Lions club often ask, “Why should I become a Lion?” Here are just a handful of reasons:

1. Serve the community.

Lions are committed to partnering with local leaders and organizations, identifying the unique needs of their communities and surrounding areas, and planning service projects that address those needs. From community clean-up projects to food drives to fundraisers, Lions help people in need who are close to home. We serve!

2. Make a difference in the world.

A small act like collecting recycled glasses may not seem like much at first, but when those glasses are distributed around the world through Lions sight missions that change lives, you’ll soon discover that Lions are making a big impact. Lions are everywhere: teaching children to read, responding to disaster, fighting measles, providing clean water and so much more.

3. Enjoy a rewarding experience.

There is no greater feeling than making a positive impact on someone’s life. Lions are doing good – for others and for themselves.

4. Make new friends.

Joining a local Lions club is a great way to connect with other people in your community and make new friends. Find a Special Interest club that involves people with the same interests, hobbies and passions. Or consider starting your own club! Serving together can help build relationships that last a lifetime.

5. Learn, grow and share.

Through volunteer work and community service, Lions are learning new things and developing leadership skills every day. Learn how to plan a food drive and feed the hungry. Learn about the risks of diabetes, and share your knowledge with community members to help them lead healthier lifestyles.

6. Grow as a family.

Lions clubs offer opportunities for families to volunteer together. Become a Lion with your spouse, children, grandchildren and siblings, and start spending quality time together while serving the community.

7. Develop young leaders.

By engaging youth, Lions are helping to develop strong leaders for the future. Leo clubs provide youth volunteer opportunities that allow young adults to become involved in community service and begin learning about the impact they can have around the world.

Learn more about becoming a member!

Lions, share this post with your friends and encourage them to make a difference. But first, answer this question: Why did YOU become a Lion?

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