Lions are more than 1.4 million strong... men and women... young and old. You will find us in more than 180 countries and geographical areas from the hinterlands of Australia to the thriving urban centers like New York City and Milan. We speak dozens of languages and vary in nature and customs.
We share a common spirit. Since our beginning in 1917, we have been united in a single cause: helping those less fortunate. We are tackling the tough problems like blindness and drug abuse as well as diabetes awareness -- and finding help and training for the deaf, disabled, underprivileged, and the elderly. In fact, whatever the community needs to make life better, we're here to help.
We are the youngest major social service organization, yet we have grown to be the world's largest. We are succeeding because we have embraced all those committed to building a brighter future for the world and for themselves.
And, with a new generation of enlightened members, Lions clubs are working smarter and faster with greater commitment than ever before.
We are the Lions... and we serve.
What we do...
Bringing rays of light to thousands.
For more than 70 years Lions have been recognized throughout the world for their service to the blind and visually impaired. Back in 1925, when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind," she could not have possibly imagined the impact of Lions commitment to blindness prevention.
Bringing rays of light to the darkness of countless people around the world, Lions have established the majority of eye banks worldwide, funded ground-breaking research on leading causes of blindness, organized eyeglass recycling efforts and helped hundreds of thousands of visually impaired people develop the skills to live productive lives.
Reaffirming Fellowship Through Membership
Through membership in a lions club, people not only help those in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills. Membership is by invitation. Clubs meet at least twice a month and elect officers annually. The association is governed by an international board of directors each year more than 20,000 Lions attend their international convention to discuss new ideas, share experiences and reaffirm friendship and fellowship.