CLUBS INTERNATIONAL :
Lions Clubs International is the largest
voluntary organization in the World. It includes more than 1,4 million
men and women in more than 44,600 clubs located in 190 countries.
Since its establishment in 1917, Lions Clubs International has defined
the aims and goals of Lions as
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of
To promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
To take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral
welfare of the community.
To unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and
To provide a forum for the open discussion of
all matters of public interest; provided, however that politics and
religion shall not be debated by club members.
To encourage service-minded people to serve
their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage
efficiency and promote
high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public
works and private endeavors.
The values gained by Lions :
Benefits of Membership :
The satisfaction of helping those in need.
Making a difference in your community.
Developing leadership skills.
Utilizing planning and organization skills.
new people and new friends from your community and abroad.
Opportunities to travel.
The Clubs :
Clubs are the fundamental units of the
organization. Club members can be a mixed group of men and women, or
women only. Each club should have 20 members at least. Membership is
only by invitation from other club members.
A Lions club is governed by a board of directors, normally consisting
A president as chief executive officer,
The immediate past president,
Three vice presidents,
Other officers as indicated in the by-laws.
Clubs should meet twice each month. All members are strongly
encouraged to attend meetings regularly. There is an annual award for
Attendance of meetings of other Lions clubs in the region or abroad is
not only possible, but is also encouraged. Club meetings are usually
conducted in a public meeting places like hotels and social or
sporting clubs. Usually the club invites a guest speaker to discuss
with members issues of common interest, away from politics and
religion. Club members usually invite friends and relatives to attend
their club meetings.
Beside regular meetings and other social activities, Clubs are
requested to serve local communities. This is usually done through a
Community services are directed to people in need, being poor,
disabled, sick or less fortunate. Clubs also participate in social and
service activities organized by the districts they are related to.
Lions Opportunities for Youth :
There are many programs designed to
serve young people at all levels of Lions Clubs International either
at club, district or international level.
The goals of youth programs are :
“ To provide the young people of the world with opportunities for
achievement, learning, contribution and service, individually and
collectively, through sponsorship of activities identified as best
practices in the field of youth development.”
Lions Opportunities for Youth activities include, but are not limited
to : Leo Clubs, international youth exchanges and youth camps,
International Peace Poster Contest, Lions-Quest, drug awareness,
street children program, youth service volunteering, Scouting, special
Olympics, scholarships and Young Leaders in Service Awards.
Leo Club Program :
A Leo Club is an activity sponsored by a Lions Club. Leo clubs provide
young men and women with an opportunity to serve others in their
community, and around the world.
Leo Club activities include meetings, organizing and conducting
community service projects and social functions.
LEO motto :
is fulfilled as members work together to respond to the needs of
others. Participating in Leo activities and projects helps young
people prepare for the future by developing leadership, organization
and social skills. Through their service efforts, Leos develop a
positive self-image and personal growth as they meet new challenges