WHO ARE THE LIONS?
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 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.
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.
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.