The International Association of Lions Clubs was born of a dream of a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones! He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the well-being of communities and the world!
This is how a new group came to be known as the "Lions Clubs Association". In October 1917, a National Convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA, where the Statute, Regulations, Objectives and a Code of Ethics were approved.
Just three years after its formation, the Association became International with the creation of the first Club in Canada in 1920. International expansion continued with the founding of new clubs, especially in Europe, Asia and Africa in the 1950s and 1960.
Lions Clubs International is the largest non-governmental organization (NGO) recognized by the UN.
VISION: Be the global leader in community and humanitarian services.
MISSION: Empower volunteers to serve their communities and meet human needs, foster peace, and promote global understanding through Lions Clubs.
OBJECTIVES of Lions Clubs International
ORGANIZE, legalize and supervise Service Clubs, to be designated as Lions Clubs.
COORDINATE the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the Earth.
PROMOTE principles of good government and good citizenship.
INTERESTING actively for the civic, cultural, social and moral well-being of the Community.
UNITE Clubs by friendship bonds, good fellowship and reciprocal understanding.
PROMOTE a forum for the free discussion of all matters of public interest, apart from political partisanship and religious sectarianism, which should not be discussed in the Clubs.
ENCOURAGE people with a Service Spirit to work unselfishly on behalf of the community, to stimulate efficiency and to promote high ethical standards in personal life and professional activities.
Lions and Leos focus on five Service Areas with the goal of triple the humanitarian impact, serving 200 million people per year by 2021.
Diabetes contributes more than 5 million deaths a year, being the eighth leading cause of death in the world. And the numbers keep increasing. Lions and Leos address this global health emergency by raising awareness about diabetes through Strides events, expanding access to care through screening and treatment programs, and improving quality of life through camps for people with diabetes and recreational programs Community policies.
The health of our planet is essential to life. The Environment impacts the quality of air and water, the availability of food and medicines, the health and beauty of the communities in which we live and the future of all of us. Lions and Leos face environmental challenges locally and globally, planting trees, organizing recycling programs, providing clean water and cleaning communities to help preserve the environment for generations to come. They believe that a healthy planet is fundamental to the well-being of all.
Relief from Hunger
Nearly a billion people go to bed hungry every night. That's why Lions and Leos work to address this global need, bringing help and hope to children, families, and neighbors who need it most. Lions and Leos distribute food for schoolchildren, create sustainable community gardens, and lead community-based food-gathering campaigns to fight hunger wherever they live and work.
Pediatric Cancer Overview
Children are a gift to the world, but every two minutes one is diagnosed with cancer, and less than half the world's children have access to effective treatment. Children who survive cancer often have debilitating sequelae that can affect their physical development and ability to learn. That's why Lions increase access to life-saving treatments and support children and families who need it most.
Lions and Leos preserve Vision. Since Helen Keller challenged Lions to become the "Paladins of the Blind" in 1925, they improve the health and eye treatments of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Today, 80% of vision impairments are avoidable or curable, so service is more important than ever. Lions and Leos conduct eye examinations, educate communities, build clinics, and support the blind and visually impaired through assistive technology programs and vocational training.
The XXV Lions Days will take place in our municipality of Cascais, starting tomorrow, in an initiative organized by the "LEOS de Portugal" included in the program of the European Youth Capital - Cascais 2018.
The event will bring together about a hundred young people from all over the country and some international guests, who in addition to the discussions on various topics that today, will take advantage of to know various cultural and touristic points of our region.
The opening session will take place at 09:30 on Saturday.