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Who are the Lions ?

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 44,500 in number, these Clubs are part of the world's largest service organisation, with over 1.4 million members in 203 countries around the world.

When and Where was the Lions Club Founded ?

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. Today there are 115 Clubs with a membership just over 2850. Ireland is one District with no division between The Republic and Northern Ireland.

Motto and Colours

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 of a Lions club is by invitation. Clubs meet at least twice a month.

Lions International

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.

Sight Projects

The Lions ambitious SightFirst Program has restored sight through cataract surgeries, prevented serious vision loss and improved eye care services for hundreds of millions of adults and children.

To continue and expand this effort, Lions have launched Campaign SightFirst II, with a goal of raising at least US$150 million.

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