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LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL :

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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.

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Since its establishment in 1917, Lions Clubs International has defined the aims and goals of Lions as follows :

  • To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the world.

  • 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 mutual understanding.

  • 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.

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The values gained by Lions :

  • Friendship.

  • Leadership.

  • Serving others

  • Team Work

  • International Networking.

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Benefits of  Membership :

  • The satisfaction of helping those in need.

  • Making a difference in your community.

  • Developing leadership skills.

  • Enhancing communication skills.

  • Utilizing planning and organization skills.

  • Meeting new people and new friends from your community and abroad.

  • Opportunities to travel.

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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 of :      

  • A president as chief executive officer,

  • The immediate past president,

  • Three vice presidents,

  • A secretary,

  • A treasurer

  • Other officers as indicated in the by-laws.

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Clubs should meet twice each month. All members are strongly encouraged to attend meetings regularly. There is an annual award for 100% attendance.

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. 

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Beside regular meetings and other social activities, Clubs are requested to serve local communities. This is usually done through a special committee.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Leo Club activities include meetings, organizing and conducting community service projects and social functions.

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The LEO motto : Leadership, Experience, Opportunity, 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 and responsibilities.

 

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