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Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is not a fraternal organization.  It is the world’s oldest service organization with over 44,500 clubs and 1.3 million members in 206 countries worldwide.

Melvin Jones, a Chicago executive, found the organization on June 7, 1917. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Jones' personal code, "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else," reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.

The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Lions volunteer to fight blindness, but we also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects including hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled. 

Vision Statement

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Mission Statement

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

Lions Clubs International Objectives

TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.

TO PROMOTE the principals 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 matter 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 rewards, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, profession, 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.

 

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