When and Where was the Lions Club Founded ?
Founded in Chicago Illinois U.S.A in 1917 by an Insurance agent Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has ever since offered business and professional people a way of sharing their success by helping those less fortunate than themselves. The association became International when the first Club in Canada was formed in 1920.
Lionism came to Ireland in 1955 when the first Club was formed in Dublin. Today there are 115 Clubs with a membership just over 2850. Ireland is one District with no division between The Republic and Northern Ireland.
Motto and Colours
To Lions the motto "WE SERVE" is not only a motto, but a philosophy.
The word "LIONS" stands for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety.
The official colours are Purple and Gold; Purple for loyalty, and integrity. Gold for sincerity and generosity.
Membership of a Lions club is by invitation. Clubs meet at least twice a month.
The Association is governed by an International Board of Directors, elected by Lions from around the world.
Through membership, Lions not only help people in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships, and gain valuable leadership skills.