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Lions Clubs – Ready To Help, Worldwide

Whenever A Lions Club Gets Together, Problems Get Smaller. And Communities Get Better. That's Because We Help Where Help Is Needed – In Our Own Communities And Around The World – With Unmatched Integrity And Energy.

The World's Largest Service Club Organization

Our 46,000 Clubs And 1.35 Million Members Make Us The World's Largest Service Club Organization. We're Also One Of The Most Effective. Our Members Do Whatever Is Needed To Help Their Local Communities. Everywhere We Work, We Make Friends. With Children Who Need Eyeglasses, With Seniors Who Don’t Have Enough To Eat And With People We May Never Meet.

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History

1917: The Beginning Chicago Business Leader Melvin Jones Asked A Simple And World-Changing Question – What If People Put Their Talents To Work Improving Their Communities? Almost 100 Years Later, Lions Clubs International Is The World's Largest Service Club Organization, With More Than 1.35 Million Members In More Than 46,000 Clubs And Countless Stories Of Lions Acting On The Same Simple Idea: Let's Improve Our Communities.

1920: Going International Just Three Years After Our Founding, Lions Became International When We Established The First Club In Canada. Mexico Followed In 1927. In The 1950s And 1960s International Growth Accelerated, With New Clubs In Europe, Asia And Africa.

1925: Eradicating Blindness Helen Keller Addressed The Lions Clubs International Convention In Cedar Point, Ohio, Usa, And Challenged Lions To Become "Knights Of The Blind In The Crusade Against Darkness." Since Then, We Have Worked Tirelessly To Aid The Blind And Visually 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 Nongovernmental Organizations Invited To Assist In The Drafting Of The United Nations Charter And Have Supported The Work Of The Un Ever Since.

1957: Organizing Youth Programs In The Late 1950s, We Created The Leo Program To Provide The Youth Of The World With An Opportunity For Personal Development Through Volunteering. There Are Approximately 157,000 Leos And 6,000 Leo Clubs In More Than 200 Countries And Geographic Areas Worldwide.

1968: 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 Sightfirst, Lions Are Restoring Sight And Preventing Blindness On A Global Scale. Launched In 1990, Lions Have Raised More Than $415 Million For This Initiative. Sightfirst Targets The Major Causes Of Blindness: Low Vision, Trachoma, River Blindness, Childhood Blindness, Diabetic Retinopathy And Glaucoma.

Today: Extending Our Reach Lions Clubs International Has Impacted The Lives Of Millions All Over The World. Through Our Signature Projects, We Are Able To Help In The Areas Of Sight, Health, Youth, The Elderly, The Environment And Disaster Relief. We Serve In More Than 200 Countries And Geographic Areas Around The Globe.