The International Association of
A Dream of a Chicago Insurance man
Melvin Jones (born in 1879)
He wondered why Local
Business Clubs could not
expand their horizons from
purely business concerns to the
betterment of their communities
and the world at large.
His idea generated an interest.
They authorised him to explore his
“What if these men who are successful
because of their drive, intelligence and
ambition, were to put their talents to
work improving their communities?”
His efforts resulted in an organizational
meeting at a local hotel on 7-June-1917.
12 men gathered and voted the “The
Indiana-based Association of Lions
Clubs” into existence.
Aim: To create an association for
8-10 October 1917
The First International convention held in Dallas, Texas,
USA to define what LIONISM was.
36 delegates representing 23 clubs from 9 states in USA.
Elected Dr. William P. Woods of Indiana as the First
President and Melvin Jones as the Secretary.
LIONS accepted as name, Objects and Code of Ethics
Guiding Principle since 1917:
"No Club shall by its constitution and by-laws, or otherwise
hold out the financial betterment of its members as its
To be the global leader in community and
To empower volunteers to serve their
communities, meet humanitarian needs,
encourage peace and promote
international understanding through
Constitution and By-Laws
Every Organisation needs guiding
principles, Ours are contained in
the Objects in our International
Constitution and By-Laws
Lions International Objects
To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the
To Promote the principle of good government and good citizenship.
To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of
To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual
To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest;
provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be
debated by club members.
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
Lions Code of Ethics
To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may
merit a reputation for quality of service.
To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no
profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or
because of questionable acts on my part.
To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be
loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve
such doubts against myself.
To Hold friendship as an end and not a means.
To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one another, but that
true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, as
to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labour
To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to
To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
Melvin Jones (1879 - 1961)
Abandoned his insurance agency
Devoted all his times at International Headquarters in Chicago
1945 – he represented the Lions Clubs International as a
Consultant in San Francisco at the UNO (United Nation
He is the Founder of LIONISM
He served for more than 40 years as the First General Secretary.
He was fond of saying, “You can’t get very far until you start
doing something for someone else”.
He passed away at 82 years old on 1-June-1961
Chicago Convention; Slogan:-
Actual emblem adopted from Rosa Bonheur's painting
What is the emblem of Lions
New Logo Old Logo
The emblem consists of a gold letter "L" on a circular purple field.
Bordering this is a circular gold area with two lion profiles facing
away from the centre.
The word "Lion" and "International" appear at the top and bottom.
The Lions are meant to face both a proud past and confident future.
The current Lions emblem was adopted at the 1919 convention.
Today, Lions throughout the world are recognized by it.
2 Royal Colours – GOLD & PURPLE Old Logo
GOLD – Symbolizes SINCERITY of purpose, LIBERALITY in
judgement, PURITY in life and GENEROSITY in mind, heart and
purse towards humanity.
PURPLE – Stands for LOYALTY to friends and to one’s self, and
for INTEGRITY of mind and heart.
Symbolically, the 2 faced LION represents:-
• PROUD of the past and CONFIDENT of the future.
• LOOKING in all directions for service to the COMMUNITY.
The Association becomes International.
First club outside USA is organised in 1920 in Windsor,
A new challenge for Lions - Helen Keller
asks the Lions to become the "Knights of
the Blind in the crusade against darkness"!
Since then, sight related activities are a
focus point for Lions
Lions continues its expansion
1928 – First club in China
1928 – New Headquarters
Until 1928, Melvin Jones's Office in Chicago was
used as headquarters.
Current headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois,
USA was established in 1971
1930: Historical Highlights
• Lion George A. Bonham observed a blind man trying
to cross a busy street as traffic whirled about him.
• The man tapped furiously on the pavement with his
black cane, but no one understood his problem.
• Lion Bonham came up with the idea of supplying blind
people with white canes to alert others, and he
introduced a resolution to the city of Peoria to give the
right-of-way to any blind person using a white cane.
• From this humble beginning, by 1956 every state in
the United States had passed white cane safety laws
which included those blind persons employing the
help of guide dogs.
1954: Historical Highlights
Our organization's motto is “We Serve”.
At the international convention in 1954, this
simple phrase, submitted by Lion D.A.
Stevenson, was chosen from more than 6,000
1957: Historical Highlights
1957 the Glenside Lions Club in Pennsylvania chartered the first
Leo club for young people.
Today, the Leo Club Program is stronger than ever. Community
service remains the cornerstone of the program. Like their Lion
counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbours
and watching positive results unfold.
1968: Historical Highlights
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) established
Our service to new levels by tackling global problems as
well as assisting Lions with local humanitarian projects
too big for them to do on their own.
Among its services are:
• The SightFirst program
• Lions Quest
• The issuance of a variety of grants
• Manages 500 Grants Annually
• Health Clinics
• Training Centers
• Vision & Hearing projects
• Habitat for Humanity
• In 1973 the foundation’s highest honor, the
Melvin Jones Fellowship, was created.
• The Melvin Jones Fellowship is the backbone of LCIF,
providing 70 percent of its revenues.
• A recognition of humanitarian work, a Melvin Jones
Fellowship is given to those who give US$1,000 to
LCIF or to people for whom a donation was made by
Membership reaches one million
Lioness Clubs officially recognised as a
1987 - A historical development
At the Convention in Taipei, the
Constitutional amendment allowing
WOMEN to become Lions is adopted.
The Lions International Peace Poster
Contest was launched
Today: Local and Global Services
• Lions Clubs International grows stronger and extends
our mission of service every day – in local
communities, in all corners of the globe.
• In 2002, we were the first international service club to
be granted permission to organize and operate clubs
in mainland China.
• In 2007, a Lions club was formed in Iraq.
• These clubs join an international network that has
grown to include 45,000 clubs located in more than
200 countries across the globe.
• First Lions Club was chartered in Malaysia
• Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur (Host)
• Lions Club of Kuching Host was chartered
• Lions Club of Miri Host was chartered
LCI programmes are
continually changing to meet
new needs and greater
demands, but our mission has
PIP Dr. Jean Behar (2000 – 2001)
“Quality, the key to the future”
PIP J. Frank Moore III (2001 – 2002)
“Light the Path with Sustainability”
PIP Kay K Fukushima (2002 – 2003)
“One World ….One Heart – Building a better tomorrow” – emphasizing the
importance of the family of LCI.
PIP Dr. Tae-Sup LEE (2003 – 2004)
“Innovation – Gateway to Our Future” – emphasizing the importance on innovative
approaches to serve our Community
PIP Clement F Kusiak (2004 – 2005)
“Share Success through Service”
PIP Dr. Ashok Mehta (2005 – 2006)
“Passion to Serve”
PIP Jimmy M. Ross (2006 – 2007)
IP Eberhard Wirfs (2009 – 2010)
“Move to Grow ”
Serving with One Heart: The Family of Lions Clubs
For over nine decades, LCI has grown not only in
numbers (1.3 millions members in 203 countries) but
also in prestige
Demonstrated clearly to people in the community
that share a commitment to caring for others,
enhance the quality of health, living conditions,
opportunities for everyone – Build a Better
International President’s Theme:
“Move to Grow”
Lions need momentum, or movement, to grow and progress.
Nothing that remains motionless moves forward.
Progress grows from purposeful movement.
There are many things you can’t do with money.
You need manpower. That’s what we have!
We are really good at getting results.
District Governor’s Theme:
“Together, Let’s Do It”
Lions Clubs International (LCI)
Lions Clubs International Organization Charts
Board of Directors
Directs Association in meeting its purpose and objectives by
establishing general policies to guide its operation
Acts for the Board of Directors when
members are not in one place or in session
Executes policies and administers operation of Association in a
manner which will further the purpose and objectives of Lions
Administers the Headquarters and Staff, both
inside and outside the International Office in a
manner which assists the President to fulfil the
purposes and objectives of Lions Club International
Vice District Governor -
Zone Chairman Zone Chairman
Policy and Direct Control Lions Club Lions Club Lions Club
Delegates Delegates Delegates
Administrative Assistance The Annual Convention
Lions Clubs International (LCI) Officers
Immediate Past International President
(Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation)
First Vice President
Second Vice President
(17 elected Directors continued)
(16 newly elected)
1st Vice District Governor
2nd Vice District Governor
Region Chairman Region Chairman Region Chairman
Zone Zone Zone Zone Zone Zone
Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman Chairman
Lions Club Lions Club
Lions Club Lions Club
Lions Club Lions Club
Lions Club Lions Club
Leo Extension Leadership Development
Youth Exchange Sight Conservation or Work with The Blind
Hearing & Speech Action & Work with The Deaf
Peace Poster Contest
Convention International Understanding & Co-operation
Diabetes Awareness Information Technology
Environmental Cultural Community Activities
LCIF Public Relations / Lions Information
ASSEMBLY OF CLUB MEMBERS
Board Of Directors
Executes business of the Club, under policies established by the Club membership
Chief Executive Officer
First Vice President Second Vice President Third Vice President
Leo Club Programme Youth Exchange SightFirst
Youth Outreach (AC)
(AC) Programme (AC) (AC)
Convention Committee Constitution & By- Programme Hearing & Speech
(AD) Law (AD) Committee (AD) (AC)
Finance Committee Intl. Relations
(AD) Programme (AC)
Lions Information (AD) Public Relations & Diabetes Awareness Environmental
Bulletin (AD) (AD) Services (AC)
Attendance Committee Leadership Development Greeter Committee Membership
(AD) (AD) (AD) Committee (AD)
To develop leadership potential in outstanding youth
To bring young people of different countries into
meaningful contact with each other
To permit the sharing of ideals and cultural viewpoints
To promote international understanding and goodwill,
and to work toward the goals of world peace and
To encourage respect in young people for the thinking
Adopted Service Program Categories
• Sight conservation and work with the blind
• Community services
• Opportunities for youth
• Diabetes awareness
• Environmental services
• Hearing/speech and work with the deaf
• International relations
Sight Conservation & Work
with the Blind
• Assistive devices
• Vision screening
• Eyeglass recycling
• Eye banks
Campaign SightFirst II
• Control and eliminate causes
• Combat emerging threats to sight
• Provide vision for all
In 1990: SightFirst: we launched our most aggressive sight
preservation effort, SightFirst.
This US$215 million program aims to rid the world of preventable and
reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care
In 2008, Lions completed Campaign SightFirst II, which raised more
than US$200 million to expand the program.
Lions community services includes a wide range of projects
Building Homes for the blind or disabled in cooperation
with Habitat for Humanity International
Cultural and Community
Activities to health fair
participation, to arts festival
Opportunities for Youth
• Leo clubs
• Peace Poster
• Youth camps
• Youth exchange
• Services for Children
• Diabetes screening
• Lions Eye Health Program
• Recreational camps
World Environment Day, June 5
• Tree Planting
• Environmental projects
environment motto is:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Hearing/Speech & Work with the Deaf
• Communication Devices
• Hearing Aid Recycling
• Hearing Ear Dogs
• Hearing Screenings
• Recreational Camps
• Support Services
• Club twinning
• Int’l Relations Month: Celebrated in October.
• Lions’ Day at the U.N.
An annual event held at UN Headquarters in New York City.
• Interclub Assistance
• Stamp Exchange
• World Peace Day:
Celebrated annually on January 24.
The Lion Magazine
International Activities & Program Planning
Why Membership Growth?
Healthy clubs = Greater service
The Board of Directors includes
Immediate Past President – Membership Chairman
3 Vice Presidents,
Lions Tamer and
seven elected Lions committee members
Together, these 15 Lions Leaders consider, shape and
execute the business of the Club.
Their responsibilities include authorization of all club
Energy, self-confidence, intelligence, persistence,
and the ability to express oneself
Additional characteristics include:
Knowledge of the individual needs and interests of
A future vision for the club
Acceptance of responsibility
9 unique characteristics of a President
P - Perseverance (Persistence)
R - Respect (Highly successful person)
E - Efficiency (Effective & Organised)
S - Sincere (Sincere & Intelligent)
I - Informed (Listen, Ask, Clarify)
D - Decisive (Show clear decision)
E - Equitable (Keep promises)
N - Never Criticize
T - Team Spirit
Club President Responsibilities
Calls club board meetings & club meetings
Creates agendas & plans with board
Conducts club meetings
Appoints committee chairpersons
Club meetings should include a written agenda as well as:
A call to order by the president
A roll call of members and the introduction of guests
The serving of refreshments, if any
The introduction of speaker(s)
The secretary's report and the reading of the minutes from the
The treasurer's report - a copy should be filed for audit
The reading of minutes from the board of director's meeting
The reading of correspondence received since the last meeting
The reading of committee reports and approval of actions
The discussion of old business
The presentation of new business
Your fellow Lions club members have elected you
To serve as their club officer for the next year
To make many decisions affecting you, your
club’s members, and the future of your Lions
You can e-mail the Lions Programs Department at International
Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Fax: (630) 571-8890, or
Telephone: (630) 571-5466, ext. 324.
The Lions Clubs International Headquarters mailing address is:
Lions Clubs International
300 22nd Street
Oak Brook, Illinois, 60523
Your support is
needed to continue
the good works of
Lions worldwide !!!
A Lion never wonders:
"What can one person do to
improve his or her community?"
Because Lions are part of a global
service network, we do whatever is
necessary to help local communities.