Beginning in 1917

Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their 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.

 

Who are the Lions?

Lions are an international network of 1.35 million men and women dedicated to making a difference locally and globally.


What do Lions do?

Lions meet the needs of our communities and the world, ranging from assisting the visually impaired and working with local youth to medical missions and disaster relief.


How are Lions relevant to today's world?

Since 1917, Lions have met the needs in their communities and continued to improve the areas in which they live. As long as there are needs around the world, we will work to meet those needs.


How do I become a Lion?

If you are interested in becoming a Lion, contact any Lions Club member


Are there women Lions?

Yes. Women are the single fastest growing segment of Lions.



 

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LION CLub History

LaFontaine Lions Club

Our vision

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs