Lions Clubs International - Triumph of an Idea
Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago insurance man
Melvin Jones, who wondered why local business clubs -- he was an active
member of one -- could not expand their horizons from purely business
concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
Since then, the association has become truly global, with clubs in more than 170 countries and geographical areas worldwide.
Lions Mission Statement
To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation.
TO CREATE and foster a
spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
Lions Code of Ethics
TO SHOW my faith in the
worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end of that
I may merit a reputation for quality service.
I BELIEVE that hard work and
honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character. Through
example my children are learning values that will last a lifetime.
The motto of every Lion is
simply "We Serve". What better way to express the true mission of
The slogan of the
association is "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety (LIONS).
The proper name of the
association is "The International Association of Lions Clubs." Many
Lions, however, prefer the use of the shorter form of "Lions Clubs
Throughout the world, Lions
are recognized by the emblem they wear on their lapels. It consists of
a gold letter "L" on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a
circular gold area with two lion profiles at either side facing away
from the center. The word "Lions" appears at the top, and
"International" at the bottom. Symbolically, the lions face both past
and future -- proud of the past and confident of the future. Lions wear
their emblem with pride.
Lions Official Colors
The royal colors of purple and gold were selected as the official colors when the association was organized in 1917. Purple stands for loyalty to friends and to one's self, and for integrity of mind and heart. Gold symbolizes sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgment, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purpose toward humanity.