About Lions

About The Lions Club

Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones in Chicago, Illinois, the Lions Club began with a simple idea — service to the local community. Mr. Jones struck a chord with the people of Chicago and by 1920 the Lions Club was inter-state. In 1926, Lions Clubs International was born.

At the 1926 Lions International Convention, Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become the “Knights of the Blind,” and they eagerly took up the cause. Since then, the Lions Clubs of America have taken this mission to heart, performing fund-raising activities that help fund medical research, blindness awareness programs, health clinics, medical treatment, and humanitarian aid in the community and around the world. Locally, research facilities at the Joslin Clinic, Tufts Medical School, and Harvard University have all received funding from Lions Clubs International.

Lions Clubs – Ready to Help, Worldwide

Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.

The World’s Largest Service Club Organization

Our 46,000 clubs and 1.35 million members make us the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends. With children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.

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