|Lions Clubs International
"Lions are members of community service clubs, dedicated to the idea that the men and women who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why. More than 44,500 strong, these local clubs are part of the world's largest such organization, with 1.4 million members serving in more than 193 countries and areas. The association is both non-political and non-sectarian. Lions are now best known for their sight-related programs, including SightFirst, the world's largest blindness prevention program. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917, the association's motto is "We Serve."
History of Lions Clubs International
Jones' own group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the country, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago. The new group took the name of one of the groups invited, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved.
Just three years after its formation, the organization became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and 60s.
Perhaps the single event having the greatest impact on the
association's service commitment occurred in 1925 when Helen
Keller addressed the Lions at their international convention
in Cedar Point, Ohio USA. It was there that she challenged
Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against
darkness." They responded, and Lions are now best known for
their sight-related programs, including SightFirst, the
world's largest blindness prevention program.
Lions Clubs International Foundation
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