Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
Founded in June 1917 by Chicago business leader Melvin Jones who asked a simple and world-changing question to a group of fellow business men, the Business Circle, a businessmen's luncheon group – "what if people put their talents to work improving their communities?" Lions club members have volunteered their time and talents to meet needs wherever they exist. Lions are especially dedicated to serving the blind and visually impaired, a commitment made after Helen Keller challenged our members to become her "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" on June 30, 1925 during the International convention held in Cedar Point, Ohio.
Now almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with more than 1.3 million members in more than 45,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let's improve our communities. Lions Clubs International is not a fraternal, social or political organization - It is a group of men and women bonded together to do things that you and I cannot do as individuals.
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The motto of Lions Clubs International is "We Serve."