Lions Clubs InternationalLions Clubs International (LCI) is a secular service organization with over 44,500 clubs and morethan 1.3 million members in 203 countries around the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois,United States, the organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.HistoryLions Clubs International was founded in the United States in 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicagobusinessman. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successfulbecause of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving theircommunities?" Jones' personal code, "You can't get very far until you start doing something forsomebody else," reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Focal Lions Club programmes include sight conservation, hearingand speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmentalissues, and other programs.
The stated purposes of Lions Clubs International are:
To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however,that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward,and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions,public works and private endeavors.