To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.
Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities. They do so in the belief that those who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why. This is achieved through membership of the local Lions Club. More than 43,000 in number, these Clubs are part of the world’s largest service organisation, with 1.4 million members in more than 180 countries and areas. The association is both non-political and non-sectarian.
Founded in Chicago Illinois U.S.A in 1917 by an Insurance agent Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has ever since offered business and professional people a way of sharing their success by helping those less fortunate than themselves.
The association became international when the first Club in Canada was formed in 1920. Lionism came to Ireland in 1955 when the first Club was formed in Dublin To-day there are 115 Clubs with a membership just over 2850. Ireland is one District with no division between Northern Ireland and The Republic.
To Lions, the motto “WE SERVE” is not only a motto but a philosophy. The word “Lions” stands for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety. The official colours are Purple and Gold. Purple for loyalty, and integrity. Gold for sincerity and generosity. Membership in Lion’s club is by invitation. Clubs meet at least twice a month.
The association is governed by an International Board of Directors elected by Lions from around the world.
Through membership, Lions not only help people in need but have opportunities to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills.
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. Lions became international three years later when the first club was established outside of the States, in Canada.
Membership is on an invite-only basis. We meet every month on a Thursday evening. For the latest information, please contact