Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International logo.svg
FormationOctober 10, 1917 (1917-10-10)
FounderMelvin Jones
TypeSecular service club
HeadquartersChamblee, Georgia, U.S.
Membership
1,400,000
President
Naresh Aggarwal
Websitewww.lionsclubs.org

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is an international secular, non-political service organization established originally in 1916 in Evansville, Indiana by Dr. William Perry Woods.[1] As of April 2015, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world. Headquartered in Chamblee, Georgia, United States, the organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.

Introduction

Bust of Melvin Jones in Madrid, Spain.

Lions Clubs International, a service membership organization of over 1.4 million members worldwide (as of April 2015), was founded in Evansville, Indiana on 24 October 1916 by Dr. William Perry Woods and subsequently evolved as an international service organization under the guidance and supervision of its Secretary, Melvin Jones.

In 1917, Melvin Jones, was a 38-year-old Chicago business leader who 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 Business Circle subsequently joined one of the invited groups, the "International Association of Lions Clubs" and at a national convention held in Dallas, Texas, later that year, those who were assembled: (1) adopted a Constitution, By-Laws, Code of Ethics and an Emblem; (2) established as a main tenet “unselfish service to others”, (3) unanimously elected Dr. William Perry Woods as its first President effectively securing his leadership for the first two years of the existence of the International Association of Lions, and (4) selected Melvin Jones to serve as the Organization's Secretary-Treasurer.[2]

The Lions motto is "We Serve." Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs.[3] The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden. The LIONS acronym also stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety.[4]

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