and What are LIONS?
International Association of Lions Club was started in Chicago by Melvin
Jones on June 7, 1917. It was a consolidation of several clubs already
in existence. This was the founding of the world's largest, most active
and most representative service club organization.
members of the Lions Clubs are selected from the community's leading business,
professional people, educators, merchants, and others. They are pledged
to help through Lionism, those less fortunate than themselves. Lionism
is nonsectarian, yet it encourages religious observances and church loyalties.
It is nonpolitical, yet it includes a lively interest in government and
purpose of a Lions Club is to determine community needs and develop means
of meeting them, either through its own efforts or in cooperation with
other agencies. During the last fiscal year, Lions Clubs completed multiple
thousands of separate, worthy humanitarian and community activities. At
the same time, Lions Clubs provide good fellowship and club social life
for their members. A Lions Club is a great place to meet new friends or
continue friendships with old friends. Come and join us for breakfast
any Tuesday morning.
is an active and efficient medium for united community effort and enterprise.
It is an outstanding force for national and world service. It exerts tremendous
influence for national welfare, international amity, and peace. It promotes
human progress in social, cultural and economic growth. The prestige and
importance of Lions' work in all fields of service endeavor is recognized
throughout the entire world.
motto of the Lions is "WE SERVE."
dedication to the highest quality ideals of humanitarian service; a
fellowship of volunteers who have committed themselves to aiding those
in need. Lionism is a belief that people of different nationalities
and creeds, and separated by borders, oceans and age old distrusts,
can join together in helping to bring about a better world. Lionism
is a set of principles; a guideline for community service, ethical business
and professional practices and international relations.
the world are always prepared to render unselfish service to their communities.
Their goal is to do whatever possible to relieve the miseries of poverty,
disease, hunger, ignorance and fear. What they do is embodied in the
Association's motto, "We Serve". For it is service
above all that sets the Lions apart - whether that service is provided
at the club level or internationally, to the sight-impaired, the young
person threatened by drug abuse, or the adults at risk from the complications
of diabetes."Service" is thus both the goal
and definition of Lionism.
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 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 my
fellow man, to resolve such doubt against myself.
To HOLD friendship
as an end not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account
of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship
demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
ALWAYS bear in mind
my obligations as a citizen to my natiom, my state and my community,
and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act and deed. To give
them freely of my time, labor, and means.
To AID my fellow
men by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak,
and my substance to the needy.
To BE CAREFUL with
my criticism, and liberal with my praise, to build up and not destroy.