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Lions Clubs International Information

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Lions Club International began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.

Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved.

Among the objects adopted in those early years was one that read, "No club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object." This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the association's main tenets.

Just three years after its formation, the association became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and '60s.

In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.

Broadening its international role, Lions Clubs International helped the United Nations form the Non-Governmental Organizations sections in 1945 and continues to hold consultative status with the U.N.

In 1990, Lions launched its most aggressive sight preservation effort, SightFirst. The US$202 million program strives to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care services.

In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth. Lions clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.

Lions Clubs International has grown to include 1.3 million men and women in approximately 45,000 clubs located in 206 countries and geographic areas.

Lion International & Districts Links and Resources.


The following are Links to International, Districts and other useful Lions website.


Find a Lions Club
Click this link to find a Lions Club near you.


Lions District 4-L2 Web site
This is our district web site.


Lions Graphics for Web or Printing Projects
At this site you will find a collection of Lion clip-art images, animated graphics, logos, and emblems that may be useful for newsletters, programs, flyers, and other Lions Club activities. The clip-art is not, however, useable for commercial applications since the origins of these graphics cannot be verified to be royalty free.



LionNet Web Site - Find other Lions Clubs and Resources
LionNet is a voluntary cooperation network of Internet services of Lions Clubs International.
A great number of Lions clubs, districts and multidistricts have opened their own services on the Internet using World Wide Web.


Lions Multiple District 4 Website
Multiple District 4 represents the Lions organization in 15 Districts covering California and an Administrative Office in Santa Barbara, California.
MD4 is governed by the District Governors and Vice District Governors from the 15 Districts of California and is known as the 'Council of Governors'. The Council Chairman is elected from the preceding year's District Governors.



Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs International Website
Lions Clubs International website - includes helpful information about Lions clubs around the world, Lions Vision, Hearing, and Youth Programs, and additional resources. Lions Clubs International (LCI)are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world.


Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) website
Helpful information about Lions Clubs International Foundation - LCIF provides matching funds to local Lions clubs for worthwhile projects that reach beyond the scope of what a local club can support


  Arcadia Host Lions Club
Arcadia Host Lions Club


  Bell Gardens Lions Club
Website for Bell Gardens Lions Club outlining their events and projects


  City of Industry Lions Club
City of Industry Lions Club


  City of Industry Royal Lions Club
Website for City of Industry Royal Lions Club outlining their events and projects


  Downtown Long Beach Lions Club
Website for Downtown Long Beach Lions Club outlining their events and projects


  East Los Angeles Lions Club
East Los Angeles Lions Club


  East Valley Lions Club
Website for East Valley Lions Club outlining their events and projects



  East Whittier Lions Club
Website for East Whittier Lions Club outlining their events and projects


  Hacienda Heights East Valley Lions Club
Hacienda Heights East Valley Lions Club


  Maywood Lions Club
Website for Maywood Lions Club


  Montebello Lions Club
Website for Montebello Lions Club outlining their events and projects


  Norwalk Lions Club
Website for Norwalk Lions Club outlining their events and projects


Pasadena Host Lions Club
Pasadena Host is the oldest club in the district, chartered in 1920. It is the proud host of the New Year's Eve Breakfast, which supports the Lions Clubs International Float in the Rose Parade on New Year's day.


  Rosemead Lions Club
Rosemead Lions Club


  Rowland Heights Lions Club
Website for Rowland Heights Lions Club outlining their events and projects


  San Marino Lions Club
Website for San Marino Lions Club


  Whittier Host Lions Club
Whittier Host Lions were chartered in 1922, and have recently celebrated their 85th year of providing people in their community an opportunity to give something back. Please check their new and improved weekly Main Lion to keep up to date on their activities and events.




District 4-L2 Club Websites

  Lions in Sight

Lions in Sight is involved in all aspects of eyeglass recycling, processing and distribution. Lions Eye Foundation and many District 4-L2 Lions clubs send collected eyglasses to them and they clean and process the glasses, and distribute them to temporary and permanent clinics throughout the world.


Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Southern California
The Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation of Southern California (LSHFSC) owns and operates our Lion eyemobile. The calendar for the Eyemobile is on this site and you can download the form to reserve the unit. LSHFSC also sponsors eye needs of Southern California in the area of financial grants for cornea transplants, instruments for corneal protection and retrievable corneas.



District 4-L2 Project Websites

South Pasadena Leo Club
Website for South Pasadena High School Leo Club activities and events


Wilson High School of Hacienda Heights

Website for Wilson High School Leo Club activities and events


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