Birth of Lions
Lions began in June, 1917 when a young Chicago insurance agent,
Melvin Jones, presented his idea of consolidating individual clubs into
one. The first annual convention was
held in Dallas Texas, in October 1917 and 25 clubs
The word International was added in 1920
when a club was formed in Ontario Canada. By 1927 clubs were formed in China, Cuba
and Mexico. 1935 saw our association introduced to South
America and by 1948 Europe became a part of
our Lions Family with the formation of clubs.
There are now more than 41000 clubs in some 165 countries with 1.8
million members. We truly are the
largest service organisation.
The International constitution of Lions
provides a structure around which our association functions. This serves as a guide for the standard form
constitution and by-laws under which individual clubs function.
The Lions Clubs Objects outline the aims
and goals of Lionism.
The Lions Code of Ethics is the guideline
for personal values that each Lion should exemplify.