Lions International Objects
- 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.
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 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.
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 freely of my time, labor and means.
To AID others by giving sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak and to the needy.
To BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.
L Leadership To help, guide and teach our fellow Lions in Lionism
I Interest Promotes enthusiasm and dedication to the club
O Orientation Gives our Lions the knowledge of our club’s history & goals
N Needs Helping our community in health, education, youth and senior programs
I International Understanding that Lion all over world reach out to help our country
S Service Our motto ‘We Serve’ – working together brings comradery and fellowship
M Membership Our strength! Growth in our club will lighten the load for others
What Lionism is NOT…
WE ARE NOT A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, yet among our members will be found leaders of all political parties and factions.
WE ARE NOT A SOCIAL CLUB, yet we are directed to take an active interest in the social welfare of our various communities.
WE ARE NOT A YOUTH ORGANIZATION, yet we participate in so many youth programs and projects in this nation and abroad that it is hard to determine if the dog is wagging the tail or the tail is wagging the dog.
WE ARE NOT A WELFARE ORGANIZATION, yet over the years, in good times and bad, countless thousands of less fortunate people have been the recipients of the generosity of Lions.
WE ARE NOT A SPORTS OR RECREATIONAL AGENCY, yet thousands of boys have been thrilled with Little League programs and many other activities built around the training of the minds and bodies of our youth, both boys and girls.
WE ARE NOT A RELIGIOUS BODY, yet the precepts we live by are familiar to the doctrines of the world’s spiritual bodies.
WE ARE NOT A MEDICAL OR HEALTH ORGANIZATION, yet our clubs have performed miracles in this wide panorama of community and individual service.
WE ARE NOT AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, yet thousands of students are today in schools built by Lions.
WE ARE NOT A UNITED NATIONS, yet we are an instrument of peace. Lionism, born while the world was aflame, has grown strong under the nourishment of freedom and liberty.
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Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization with nearly 1.3 million members in over 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas.