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"We serve"
The Lions

The Lions

The International Lions Club Association was the idea of Melvin Jones, a young executive, who strongly believed that every service organization should broaden its horizons by bringing their own activities and interests beyond those of the purely professional and working to improve their communities and even the entire world.

The associates of Mr. Jones, the Business Circle of Chicago, reciprocated the idea, and contacted similar groups around the United States. An organizational meeting was held June 7 1917 in Chicago, Illinois USA. The new group took the name of one of the already participating groups called the "Lions Club Association" in October of that year, when he organized a national conference in Dallas, Texas. At this very event the Constitution and Bylaws were approved, including the objects and code of ethics. Among the objectives adopted in those early years one in particular stated that "No club shall have the financial improvement of its members as a goal." This objective has remained one of the main points on which we base the guidelines of the association. Three years later, the association became international in 1920 with the creation of a Lions Club in Canada.

During the fifties and sixties there was continued international expansion, particularly in Asia, Europe and Africa. Undoubtedly the greatest impact on the association was in 1925 when Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio USA, challenging them to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness ".

Since then, the Lions Clubs has been committed to helping the blind and visually impaired. Further expanding its international awareness, in 1945 the Association worked with the United Nations to create the concept of non-governmental organizations, and continues until today to hold consultative status. In 1990 the Lions launched SightFirst, a far-sighted initiative in the prevention of blindness. The program, for which we collected more than $ 202 million, aims to eliminate preventable and curable blindness in the world supporting health care programs that are desperately needed. The Lions have since launched the campaign SightFirst II to raise at least $150 million to continue and expand the extraordinary work of SightFirst.

In addition to sight programs the Lions Club International conducts activities for young people, the environment, building houses for those unable, diabetes education, the hearing-impaired and through the Lions Club International Foundation it provides assistance in all parts of the world whenever disasters occur. The association has grown to about 1.3 million members between men and women in 45,000 clubs over approximately 200 countries and distinct geographical areas.

Services to the Others

Worldwide the Lions club is recognized for their service to the blind and those who have serious visual impairments. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of blind in the crusade against darkness" during the convention of Lions Clubs International in 1925. Today the Lions extend their commitment to the preservation of sight through a myriad of projects locally and internationally, especially through the SightFirst Program, which aims to raise public awareness on the need to eliminate blindness. The Lions collect and recycle eyeglasses, and in addition to this they distribute eyeglasses throughout developing countries particularly in the month of May, which the month dedicated by the Lions Eyeglass Recycling. Furthermore, the Lions World Sight Day is an event that is held on the second Thursday of October, and it also aims to increase the awareness on the problems of visual-impairedness throughout the World. The Lions are also constantly committed to young people through many educational programs. The Lions even work to improve the environment, from building homes for the benefit of diabetes education, conduct programs for the hearing-impaired, and through their foundation dedicatedly provide relief to victims of disasters around the world. According to the latest statistics of the Lions Club all over the world, it is estimated that each year the Lions Club donates approximately $449 million and contributes 76 million volunteer hours, which equates to 31,000 people working full-time for one year.