Founded in 1917 by an insurance agent, Melvin Jones and the Business Circle of Chicago Luncheon Club
Objective: A business and social club that would work for the improvement of the community
Growth: Currently 1.4 million members, 46,000 clubs in 193 countries and geographic areas dedicated to seeking out and helping those in need.
Based on a speech given to the club in 1939 by Helen Keller, the Lions Club added aiding the blind, visually impaired and global blindness prevention as a critical part of the charter.
Additional activities include:
Hearing, speech services & working with the deaf, Environmental services, International relations, Local community citizenship, educational, health, social, recreational & public services
Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps, Youth Exchange Programs, Youth Outreach Programs, Leo Club
Purple – Stands for loyalty and integrity
Gold – Stands for sincerity, liberty, purity and generosity
Slogan – Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety
Motto: WE SERVE
Official Name – The International Association of Lions Clubs
International Office Location:
300 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
Phone: (630) 571-5466
Fax: (630) 571-8890