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Background History:  Lions Clubs International serves people throughout the world. Globally, Lions clubs are known for their commitment to blindness prevention. Second only to the Lions' devotion to aiding the blind and visually impaired is a dedication to serving young people.  Through membership in a Lions club, people not only help those in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills.

What are the official requirements for membership?
Membership is open to men and women of legal majority and good reputation in the community, and is by invitation only. Clubs meet at least twice a month and elect officers annually. The association is governed by an international board of directors. Each year, more than 20,000 Lions attend their international convention to discuss new ideas, share experiences and reaffirm friendship and fellowship.  Those interested in membership should contact the local Lions club.

What are the official membership figures?
As of August 31, 2000, there were 1,403,402 Lions in 44,898 clubs in 185 countries and areas.

When was Lions Clubs International founded?
June 7, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Who was the founder of Lions Clubs International?
Melvin Jones (1879-1961)

What are the Objects and Ethics of Lions Club International?
Click on these links to view our Club Objectives and Code of Ethics.

What is the emblem of Lions Clubs International?
The current Lions emblem was adopted at the 1919 convention.  The emblem consists of a gold letter "L" on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area with two lion profiles facing away from the center. The word "Lion" and "International" appear at the top and bottom. The Lions are meant to face both a proud past and confident future.

What is the motto of Lions Clubs International?
"We Serve"

What is the slogan of Lions Clubs International?
"Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety" (LIONS)

What are the colors of Lions Clubs International?
The official colors are purple and gold -- purple for loyalty and integrity; gold for sincerity, liberality, purity, and generosity.

What are the official languages of Lions Clubs International?
Lions Clubs International conducts its official business in the following 11 languages: English, Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish.