Lions Clubs Objectives
TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship, and mutual understanding.
TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of the community.
TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.
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 my fellow men, to resolve such doubt against myself.
To hold friendship as an ends 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 obligation as a citizen of 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 my fellow men by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
To be careful with my criticisms and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of a Chicago insurance man Melvin Jones, who wondered why local business clubs -- he was an active member of one -- could not expand their horizons from purely business concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
Jones' idea struck a chord within his own group, the Business Circle of Chicago, and they authorized him to explore his concept with similar organizations from around the United States. His efforts resulted in an organizational meeting at a local hotel on June 7, 1917.
The 12 men who gathered there overcame a natural sense of loyalty to their parent clubs, voted the "Association of Lions Clubs" into existence, and issued a call for a national convention to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of the same year.
Thirty-six delegates representing 22 clubs from nine states heeded the call, approved the "Lions Clubs" designation, and elected Dr. William P. Woods of Indiana as their first president. Guiding force and founder Melvin Jones was named acting secretary. Thus began an association with Lionism that only ended with his death in 1961.
That first convention also began to define what Lionism was to become. A constitution and by-laws were adopted, the colors of purple and gold approved, and a start made on Lionism's Objectives and Code of Ethics.
One of the objects was startling for an era that prided itself on mercenary individualism, and has remained one of the main tenets of Lionism ever since. "No Club," it read, "shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object."
Community leaders soon began to organize clubs throughout the United States, and the association became "international" with the formation of the Windsor, Ontario, Canada Lions Club in 1920. Clubs were later organized in China, Mexico, and Cuba. By 1927, membership stood at 60 000 in 1 183 clubs.
In 1935, Panama became home to the first Central American club, with the first South American club being organized in Colombia the following year. Lionism reached Australia in 1947 and Europe in 1948, as clubs were chartered in Sweden, Switzerland, and France. In 1952, the first club was chartered in Japan.
The International Association of Lions Clubs is today the largest service organization in the world with over 1,4 million members in more than 43 300 clubs in 714 Districts covering 182 countries and geographic areas. Lions Clubs are not social clubs, although there are social benefits to membership. Lions Club members give their time, skills and resources to raise funds for charitable giving both in their communities and internationally.
The major focus of Lions fund raising activities is sight conservation, although other projects are pursued such as drug awareness programs in high schools, diabetes awareness programs and other programs that are specific to individual Clubs and Districts. Lions took up sight conservation as their major goal after a speech given by Helen Keller at the Lions International Convention held at Cedar Point, Ohio, in 1925. At that time, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind", a challenge that has become a rallying cry for Lions projects around the world. (Goto Sight Conservation links)
Lions work in the area of sight conservation is carried out at many levels. Individual Clubs sponsor free eye screening programs using mobile eye clinics. In many countries, Clubs sponsor eye surgery camps where cataract surgeries are performed at no charge for those that can't afford this medical care. Many clubs collect old eye glasses for distribution to the needy in other countries.
The International Association of Lions Clubs is the largest non-governmental organization associated with the United Nations and was called upon by the United Nations and the World Health Organization to raise funds for an international program of sight conservation. It has been estimated that 40 million cases of curable and preventable blindness exist on this planet today. Without intervention, this is projected to become 80 million by the end of the decade.
The International Association of Lions Clubs began a program of fund raising that they called "Campaign Sight First" in order to cure/prevent 40 million cases of blindness worldwide. Over $148,600,000 have been raised by Lions all over the world for this program. Eye hospitals are being built in the places that most need them. In India alone, over 300,000 cataract surgeries have been performed and that number is rapidly growing. Lions services to humanity range from purchasing eyeglass for a child who's parents can't afford them to multimillion dollar programs to cure blindness on a worldwide scale.
To weld our hearts in one accord
To do thy will
Lord, make us strong:
To aid the weak
and right the wrong.
We pause to offer up this prayer-
Bless now this food that we partake-
And every effort that we make-
To build the towns in which we live-
and put it in our hearts to give-
To worthy causes bless the blind-
And all we do to serve mankind-
Be with us till we meet again-
And bless our lands and homes,
Up in my head, up in my head.
I've got that Lions spirit up in my head,
Up in my head today.
I've got that Lions spirit here in my heart,
Here In my heart, here in my heart
I've got that Lions spirit here in my heart,
Here In my heart today.
I've got that Lions spirit down in my feet,
Down in my feet, down in my feet
I've got that Lions spirit down in my feet
Down in my feet today.
I've got that Lions spirit all over me
All over me, all over me.
I've got that Lions spirit all over me
All over me today
I've got that Lions spirit up in my head, here in my heart, down in my feet,
I've got that Lions spirit all over me,
All over me to stayl
By Lion W.E. Johnson - Camillus Lions Club
I’m glad that I’m a member of the Lions Club that’s known so well
By the gold & purple emblem with the central letter “L”.
You will note the lion’s faces to the left and to the right
There’s a good substantial reason for this double-featured sight.
One face looks forever backward at our great and glorious past
Filled with records of achievement and with memories that last.
The other’s looking forward to the days that lie before
And keeps us ever mindful that the best is yet in store.
Yes, I’m glad hat I’m a lion and I wear my pin with pride
Because it marks me as a doer not just a drifter with the tide.
Remington Lions Club - District 24-A
Thanks for visiting our web site Comments or suggestion contact the Webmaster.