Founded in Chicago Illinois U.S.A in 1917 by an Insurance agent Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has ever since offered business and professional people a way of sharing their success by helping those less fortunate than themselves.
Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities. They do so in the belief that those who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why. This is achieved through membership of their local Lions Club. More than 43,000 in number, these Clubs are part of the world's largest service organisation, with almost 1.4 million members in more than 180 countries. The association is both non political and non sectarian.
The association became International when the first Club in Canada was formed in 1920. 'Lionism' came to Ireland in 1955 when the first Club was formed in Dublin. Today there are 115 Clubs with a membership just over 2,850 members. Ireland is one District with no division between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
To Lions anywhere in the world, the motto "WE SERVE" is not only a motto but a philosophy. The word "LIONS" is an acronym for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety. The official colours are purple (for loyalty) and gold (for integrity and generosity). Membership in a Lion's club is by invitation with clubs meeting at least twice a month.
The association is governed by an International Board of Directors elected by Lions from around the world. Through membership Lions not only help people in need, but have opportunities to develop personal friendships, and gain valuable leadership skills.
There are 46,000 Clubs with 1.35 million members in 206 countries and geographic areas worldwide?
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Message from 2020 President
It is now 44 years since the charter members of Tullamore Lions established our Club. The firm foundations laid by these visionary and committed founding members has seen the Club grow and evolve to remain current and very much relevant in a vastly changing society. These founding members, many of whom are still active in the Club to the present day, must take full credit for the Club’s many successes in its endeavours the serve the local community, support people in need and aid many worthwhile causes, both locally and nationally. Tullamore Lions Club strongly adheres to the Lions Club International motto, ‘’We Serve’’. It is a commitment to the community that takes many forms such as organising and distributing Christmas Food Hampers, mentoring specific youth projects in the town of Tullamore and beyond, engaging in mental health initiatives and responding financially to the needs of individuals, groups and local causes. The Club also supports national and international projects and this year, made a sizeable contribution to Self Help Africa and supported Offaly History in setting up the history archive in Axis Business Park. The Club will also be taking a leading role in launching a fundraising drive for the much-needed Midlands Regional Hospice. Income from the sales of this Annual part-funds many of these initiatives. Much of this work, and indeed the very existence of the Club, depends on the support we receive from the people of Tullamore and surrounding areas. Tullamore Lions Club belongs not just to its members, but to everyone who supports the Club in whatever way possible.
Honorary President, Tullamore Lions Club
Tullamore Lions Club: More than the Christmas Food Appeal!
Since our formation, Tullamore Lions Club has organised hundreds of events raising funds for many charities and needy cases in Tullamore and Developing World countries. From supporting Alzheimers and Cancer Care charities locally to sending cows to Africa, we assist communities both here and globally. All funds raised for charity go to charity and all administration expenses are paid by club members – however, we will always welcome a sponsor!
To Become A Lion
Membership to a Lions Club is by invitation, though individuals are rarely turned away. A Lion's attendance at meetings is expected on a monthly or fortnightly basis. Due to the hierarchical nature of Lions Clubs International, members have the opportunity to advance from a local club to an office at the zone, district, multiple district and international levels.
In 1986 the constitution of Lions Clubs International was amended to allow women to also become members. Since then many clubs have admitted women, but some all-male clubs still exist.
Lions are groups of service-minded men and women who are interested in doing volunteer work to improve their communities. We are young people, families and Baby Boomers alike. To become a Lion is to become an active volunteer, a member of a respected international organization, a leader in your community and a friend to people in need.
There are many reasons to become a member. As a Lion, you'll:
• Help your community and gain valuable skills
• Make an impact on people's lives – locally and internationally
• Learn to be a leader – and lead a respected organization
• Network with business people in your community and around the world
• Energize your life and have fun
You'll grow personally and professionally. And you'll know that the community volunteer work you perform is worthwhile and appreciated.