The Creation of Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs have been around since 1917. In response to social problems created by World War I, a Chicago businessman named, Melvin Jones invited business clubs from around the USA to a meeting to make a commitment to improve their communities and this is how the Association of Lions Clubs was formed.  In 1920 Lions became International with the establishment of  a club in Windsor, Canada.  

In 1925 Helen Keller addressed Lions at the International Convention and challenged them to become her “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness”.  Since then Lions have worked tirelessly to aid those who are blind and visually impaired.

To read more about the Lions History and the partnerships and various programs that have evolved as well as the creation of the Lions Clubs International Foundation go to


Lions Clubs International turns 100

In 2017, Lions Clubs International celebrated 100 years of service at its International Convention in Chicago. To celebrate 100 years of serving humanity, Lions around the world were challenged to serve 100 million people during the Centennial Celebration period from 2014-2018.  In true Lions fashion that number was more than doubled by serving more than 248 million people.

Centennial Service Challenge Final Results

And, the making of history continues – Every day the Lions build on their legacy with the goal of making an even greater impact in the future by serving the humanitarian needs of their communities both locally and globally.  

Lions Mission

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.

Lions Vision

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.

Lions Club International Purpose

The Lions Clubs is an international organization with chapters around the globe in over 200 countries. As a larger international body the Lions objectives are:

  • To organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions Clubs
  • To coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions Clubs
  • To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.
  • To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
  • To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
  • To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest.
  • To Encourage service-minded people  to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.


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