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Who Are The Lions ?

About Us

Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities. They do so in the belief that those who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why.

This is achieved through membership of the local Lions Club. There are more than 46,000 Lions Clubs worldwide, and these Clubs are part of the world's largest service organisation. There are over 1.4 million members (as of April 2015) in over 200 countries and geographical regions throughout the world.

What happens to the money raised by Lions Clubs?

100% of the funds raised by a Lions Club from the general public are used exclusively for charitable purposes. Administrative costs are kept strictly separate and are entirely paid for by the club members.

See our page relating to Charitable Status

When and Where was the Lions Club Founded?

Founded in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A in 1917 by an Insurance agent
Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has ever since offered business and professional people a way of sharing their success by helping those less fortunate than themselves. The association became International when the first Club in Canada was formed in 1920.

The original logo is featured above. Note the visual pun: a lion and a club.

The Founding of Lions Clubs International

Lionism came to Ireland in 1955 when the first Club was formed in Dublin. Today there are over 100 Clubs with more than 2,500 members. Ireland is one district (District 105-I) with no division between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The district is part of Multiple District 105, which includes all the clubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Motto, Colours and Emblem

  • To Lions, the motto "WE SERVE" is not only a motto, but a philosophy.

  • The word "LIONS" stands for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety.

  • The official colours are Blue and Gold.

  • On the emblem, Lions face both past and future - showing both pride of heritage and confidence in the future.

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International is governed by an International Board of Directors, elected by Lions from around the world.

Through membership, Lions not only help people in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships, and gain valuable leadership skills.

Click here to download the Lions International Fast Facts PDF

Founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones

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