What is Lions?
The Lions organization was founded in 1917 in the USA when a young insurance agent named Melvin Jones raised the idea of a group of people providing service to those around it without political, religious, racial or personal interest motives on the part of the members of the group.
The idea was an innovation that was in contrast to what had been accepted practice at the time. In the spirit of this new idea, 25 Clubs convened on June 17, 1917 in Chicago and founded Lions Clubs International.
The name LIONS is an acronym that stands for "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety". The letter L in the center, the word Lions at the top and International at the bottom was selected as the movement's emblem, with the image of a lion at each side, representing the past and the present – pride in the past and looking forward to the future with confidence.
The emblem has two colors: purple (blue) and gold representing different values. The color purple represents loyalty to country and friends, integrity of mind and heart, a symbol of unfailing power, courage and faithful adherence to the goal. The gold represents honesty, liberality in judgment, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purpose toward humanity.
Lions is the largest international volunteer organization in the world. Its motto is "We Serve". Throughout the world some 1,350,000 members are active in 45,000 clubs in 206 countries. The principles guiding Lions Clubs International are for each club to be fully free to meet its goals as it sees fit and according to the community's needs.
To create, strengthen and adopt a spirit of understanding among peoples
To promote principles of proper governance and good citizenship
To act for the residents of the community and take an active part in community life
To unite members in a bond of friendship and mutual understanding
To enable open discussions to take place on the general needs without political, religious racial or nationalistic bias
To encourage people to serve the community on a volunteering basis for no pay or personal benefits
To uphold and cultivate high morals in business and the work place
Treating the blind, deaf and mute, environment awareness activities, health services and international services, a special fund, LCIF, for assistance with natural disasters, help with special health and educational projects throughout the world.
The first Clubs were founded in March 1960 at the initiative of the late Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, who charged his chief of staff Mr. Teddy Kollek with the task of setting up the organization in Israel. The underlying aim was that the impact of Israel's cooperation on international forums would grow. Lions Israel, through its 26 Clubs spread across the country from north to south, is active in many spheres: blood donations, purchase of mobile blood bank, assistance to the sight impaired, youth camps in Israel and overseas, cooperation with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, including appreciation awards through tree planting certificates. Members of the organization nurture volunteerism in their communities by awarding tributes to outstanding volunteers who do not belong to Lions.
Join Lions Israel
Lions Israel welcomes groups and individuals that see themselves as suitable to join the ranks of the largest service providing organization in the world. Every Lion appearing in this pamphlet can be approached (by clicking on the "clubs" or the "District Cabinet" tabs on the main menu). Alternatively, at your disposal is the Lions Israel website at www.lions.org.il and Lions International at www.lionsclubs.org