1917: The Beginning Chicago business leader Melvin Jones asked a simple and world changing question - what if people put their tallents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later Lions Club International is the worlds largest service club organization with more then 1.3 milion members in over 45,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: lets improve our communities.
1920: Going International Just three years after our foundingLios became international when we established the fiorst club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927. In the In the 1950's and 60's international growth accelerated with new clubs in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
1925: Eradicating Blindness Helen Keller addressed the Lions Club Internation Convention and challenged the Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visualy impaired.
1945: Uniting Nations The ideal of an international organization is exemplified by our enduring relationship with the United Nations. We were one of the first nongovernmaental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter and have supported the work of the UN ever since.
1957: Organizung Youth Programs In the late 1950's we created the Leo Program to provide the youth of the worl with an opportunity for personal development through volenteering. There are approximatly 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more then 140 countries worldwide.
1969: Establishing Our Foundation Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large scale local humanitarian projects. Through our Foundation Lions meet the needs of their local and Global communities.
1990: Launching SightFirst Through Sight First Lions are restoring sight and preventiong blindness on a global scale. Launched in 1990 the Lions have raised more then $346 million for this initiiative. SightFirst Targets the major cause of blindness: cataract, trachoma, river blindness, childhood blindness, diabetic retnopathy and glaucoma.
Today: Extending Our Reach Lions Clubs International extends our mission of service every day in local communities and all corners of the globe. The needes are great and our services broad including sight, health, youth, elderly, and enviromental disaster relief. Our international network has grown to include more then 200 countries and geographic areas