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The International Association of LIONS Clubs is the largest and most
active service club organization in the world. Comprising more than 1.4 million
members from over 170 countries, The International Association of LIONS Clubs is dedicated
to serving those that are less fortunate.
Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago insurance man, the Association
of LIONS clubs became an international association in 1920. The proper name is
"The International Association of LIONS Clubs", which is often abbreviated
" LIONS Clubs International." One of the main tenets of Lionism is that
"No Club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object."
LIONS stands for "Liberty, Intelligence,
Our Nation's Safety."
LIONS clubs are organized in districts which are often based on national,
state or provincial lines. There are 680 districts in the world. If the number
of clubs in a district is large, the larger district is called a Multiple District (Ohio
is Multiple District 13). In Ohio, there are 10 districts.
LIONS membership is by invitation only. Membership is
open to persons of legal majority who have demonstrated high moral character and a
commitment to community betterment. Usually, an active LIONS member, the
"sponsor", will invite a potential member, the "guest", to his or her
LIONS club meeting. Meeting usually occur twice per month. If interested, the
guest will be invited to join the club and become an active member.
LIONS clubs and their members conduct a variety of humanitarian projects
to better their communities as well as the international community, in general. The
major service commitment is toward the prevention of and recovery from blindness.
Toward this goal, the LIONS support research into the prevention, treatment and cure of
eye disease. However, as noted below, LIONS clubs undertake a wide range of projects
and services for the betterment of mankind. Service commitments include:
SightFirst - An international program dedicated to
fighting blindness worldwide. Clubs work individually and through their districts to
prevent and treat blinding eye disease.
Sight Conservation and Work with the Blind - LIONS
clubs establish glaucoma screening programs, eye banks, eye glasses collection drives and
rehabilitation institutes. They help individual visually impaired and blind
students, help pay for scholarships for blind students as well as guide dogs. Each
year thousands of pairs of eye glasses are collected and sent to third world countries to
provide clear vision to those who would otherwise not be able to afford or acquire eye
White Cane - The familiar white canes for the blind
were introduced by the LIONS.
Diabetes Awareness - Diabetes is one of the major
causes of blindness and many people are not aware that they have the disease. LIONS
educate people about the disease and the early warning signs of diabetes. Through
the LIONS Club International Foundation (LCIF), the LIONS support medical facilities and
research into the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause
Hearing and Speech Action and Work with the Deaf -
Auditory equipment is furnished to schools with hearing-impaired students. LIONS
conduct hearing screening programs, support rehabilitation programs and repair hearing
aids for needy children and adults.
Drug awareness - LIONS provide educational programs
designed to prevent drug abuse and allow children to make healthy decisions about their
Health Services - LIONS provide extensive medical
relief to underdeveloped countries and organize a wide range of prevention, detection and
treatment programs. Medical research institutions receive a great deal of
contributions from LIONS clubs and districts.
Public Services - LIONS distribute information about
the latest methods of food production and protection in third world countries. Other
programs relate to traffic, home, farm, school and recreational safety.
Environmental Services - LIONS work with other
organizations to promote a clean and healthy environment. LIONS members clean litter
from roadways, clear rubbish from streams and promote a healthier environment for the next
Citizenship Services - LIONS work with veterans'
organizations and participate in patriotic and civic community programs.
Educational Services - LIONS award thousands of
scholarships every year. LIONS also promote literacy and vocational programs in
Recreational Services - LIONS build playgrounds,
swimming pools, gardens, town squares and donate equipment to needy organizations.
Social Services - LIONS sponsor many programs for the
physically and mentally handicapped, aged and underprivileged. LIONS have
constructed homes for orphans and the elderly as well as rehabilitation institutes for the
Leo Clubs - LEO (Leadership, Experience
and Opportunity) clubs are designed for older school-aged children to
engage in activities that are aimed at the underprivileged at the local level.
These are just some of the programs and projects undertaken by the LIONS.
Why don't you become a LIONS member today?
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