Lions founder, Melvin JonesFounded 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.


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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.


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