About Lions

lionheadIn a world of need and suffering, there is someone to help. And in a world of service, there is one name that stands out among all others – Lions Clubs International, That is what we do. Our current theme, In A World of Service, reflects the values that have been underscored for years by Lions. We are a network of over 46,000 clubs around the world, each one making a real difference in their respective communities.  We may come from different backgrounds and different cultures, but we share a common value of service. Lions combing their dedication, preparation and teamwork to achieve excellence.


The World’s Largest Service Club Organization


Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

Our Mission And History


In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.

After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.

Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We’re a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.