Lions organization - volunteers for the community
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.
* Create, enhance and embrace the spirit of understanding between the people of the world
* Promote the miracle of the principles of good government and good citizenship
* Work for the citizens of the community and take an active part in community life
* One of the friendly members, companies and mutual understanding
* Allow an open discussion forum regarding the rule with no restrictions for Politics, religion, race or nationality
To encourage people to serve the community on a voluntary basis without pay for personal pleasure and not
* To foster moral values in business and work shoes
Lions International Purposes
· 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.
Lions Code of Ethics
· To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
· To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
· To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
· Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
· To Hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
· Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
· To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
· To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy