Who Are the Lions?
They are members of the world’s largest service organization and are people who:
- Endeavour to give something back to their communities.
- Identify the needs of others and set about meeting those needs.
- Enjoy working together in fellowship in order to help those less fortunate.
Their activities and services are entirely voluntary; indeed the motto of the organization is – “WE SERVE”
Lions Club International:
Lions Clubs International was founded in the U.S.A. in 1917 when a group of hitherto independent clubs responded to an ideal presented to them by a young insurance man, MELVIN JONES.
The ideal was that the members as a group, should provide service to their fellow human beings, without regard to politics, religion, race or personal interest to members.
A conference of 25 independent clubs was convened and from that meeting Lions International was born.
It adopted as it’s name and emblem the Lion (seen by the founders as a symbol representing their ideals of strength, activity, courage and integrity) and was known from the outset as the International Association of Lions Clubs or Lions International.
Within three years the Association had doubled its membership and extended to Canada. Within 13 years there were 2,500 clubs and this figure was approximately doubled each decade thereafter until world membership exceeded 1,000,000 in 1975 when the Birmingham (Exhibition) Club became the 29,000th club in the Association.
In 2001 the International Association comprises about 43,000 Clubs in 185 countries or geographical areas with a total membership of 1.5 million men and women.
In Ireland there are 117 Clubs with a total membership of 2800. The Newbridge Kildare club is District 105-I, part of Multiple District 105, which comprises the British Isles & Ireland.
Service to the Community:
From the outset the emphasis has been on service, in all forms, to the less fortunate in the community. The Club Constitution (as recommended by the Association) allows for each club to suit its own community requirements. This degree of autonomy for the individual club together with concentration on particular service are among the principal factors in maintaining the Association’s growth and progress.
The international nature of the organization, with the potential for contact between the members world wide, based on their common interest in community service, has always been a feature of the Association.
Individual membership is available through clubs only.
Lions Clubs –
- Are open to all by invitation ( to ensure commitment)
- Concentrate on the needs of their local community
- Raise funds for local, national and international projects.
- Participate in service activities to all age groups and sectors of the community.
- Enjoy working together in fellowship
The activities and services are entirely voluntary; their motto is “We Serve”.
Fields of Service:
Identifying the particular needs of its own community is a primary duty of a Lion Club, but certain fields of service are common to Lions Clubs worldwide and approved by the International Association. These include:
- Sight Conservation and work for the blind
- Hearing and speech action and work for the deaf
- Drug Awareness
- Diabetes Awareness
- Youth Service and Youth Exchange
- Services for the Elderly
- Social an health Services
- Educational Services
- Environmental Services
- Recreational Services
- International Services
- Leo Club Programme (for young people)
- Lions Club International Foundation (for disaster relief)