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Lions Mission

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world.

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.

Melvin Jones

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 a code of ethics were approved.

Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We are a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long—and proud—history.

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Problems Get Smaller

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.