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.
Chicago business leader Melvin Jones asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Over 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization, with more than 1.4 million members in more
than 48,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let’s improve our communities.
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.
Through LCIF, Lions are restoring sight and preventing blindness on a global scale with the SightFirst program. Launched in 1990, Lions have raised more than $415 million for this initiative. SightFirst targets the major causes of blindness: low vision, trachoma, river blindness, childhood
blindness, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.
When caring people join together, roll up their sleeves and take action to make their community better, it’s a beautiful thing—and an incredible feeling for everyone involved. That’s Lions. Being a Lion is about leading by example, building relationships and improving the world through kindness. It’s 1.4 million caring men and women serving together so they can make a lasting impact and change more lives.