In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions convention and challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then, Lions have worked to help the blind and visually impaired.
Work with vision is perhaps what the Lions are best known for, but that is far from everything the Lions do. Global service action campaigns also include feeding the hungry, protecting the environment and engaged the youth. In addition, programs such as disaster preparedness and relief, diabetes awareness, reading and other services for children, hearing preservation, and community service of all kinds make up the Lions portfolio. If there's a need, Lions respond.
Lions Clubs International today has over 1.35 million members in 46,000 clubs located in 208 countries and geographic regions.
To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service.
To empower volunteers to serve their communiities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Lions club began in 1917 when Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, asked fellow businessmen the question-what if we put our talents to work improving the community? Several business clubs joined together to form Lions Club, a new organization with a humanitarian mission.
Three years late, the first Lions club was established in Canada, making the organization international Clubs in Mexico followed in 1927 and the 1950s and 1960s saw clubs formed in Europe, Asia, and Africa..
Copyright © Lions District 39W.