About Us

 

WHO ARE THE LIONS?

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They are volunteer members of clubs grouped under an International organization, where they enjoy fellowship, and dedicate part of their free time to help those in need all over the world, while making their individual communities a better place to live in.

THE ORIGIN
Lions began in the United states in 1917 when a group of independent clubs responded to an ideal presented to them by a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones.

The ideal was one of service as a group to their fellow men without regard to politics, religion, race, or in any way the personal interests of the members. This was heralded as a departure from the trend current at that time of forming clubs basically with a commercial motive. A conference was called of some 25 independent clubs on June 7, 1917 and from this meeting the organization was born.

THE NAME
The official name of “Lions” is: “The International Association of Lions Clubs” or simply “Lions Clubs International

THE EMBLEM
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It consists of a gold letter “L” on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two conventionalized lion profiles at either side facing away from the center. The Words “Lions” appear at the top and “International” at the bottom. Symbolically, the lions face both past and future; proud of the past and confident of the future.

It is the unwritten obligation of every Lion to wear and display his emblem with pride.

THE SLOGAN
“Liberty, Intelligence Our Nation’s Safety.”

THE COLORS

PURPLE AND GOLD

To Lions, purple stands for loyalty to country, friends, and one’s self and the integrity of mind and heart. It is the traditional color of strength, courage and tireless dedication to a cause. Gold symbolizes sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgment, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purse toward his fellow man.

World-wide Growth
Although the youngest, The International Association of Lions Clubs has grown to be the largest service club organization in the world, as of January 31, 2000 it is represented by over 1,413,431 members in 44,616 clubs in 741 districts in 185 countries and geographical areas.

World-wide Organization
The Association’s headquarters is located in Oak Brook, Illinois, U.S.A. The Association is governed by an elected Board of 33 members from all parts of the world. This Board includes 28 Directors, 2 Vice Presidents, the Immediate Past President and is headed by the International President.