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Mission and History

In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was

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Starting a New Club

Strengthening Communities in New Ways You share our passion. You have ideas about how to improve your part of the world. And you know people who are willing to help. But there isn't a Lions club near you. Don't worry. That's exactly how many of our clubs get started. Choosing

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Types of Memberships

Choose the Membership That's Right for You Lions clubs are composed of diverse people in communities in nearly every corner of the world. That's why we offer several ways to become a Lion – and serve. Regular Member. Are you interested in volunteering, community service and making our world

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How to Become a Member

Join an Existing Club – or Start a New One Welcome! We're pleased that you're interested in Lions. To become a Lion, you must be of legal majority, good moral character and good reputation in your community.  Membership is by invitation. If you're interested in being invited to join an

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Becoming a Lion

Join an International Network of Volunteers and Friends Right now, Lions are improving communities around the world. We're meeting to plan a local project. We're sponsoring international exchanges for young people. We're bringing clean drinking water to a remote village. We're building. We're sharing. We're repairing. And we're having fun.

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Our Leadership

Maintaining Our Mission – and Global Impact Lions Clubs International develops leaders. Our leaders serve at every level of our organization and oversee everything from local membership to the organization's international direction. Our members have the opportunity to get involved in leading small projects and large initiatives.

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Fast Facts

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization. We have more than 1.3 million members in more than 45,000 clubs worldwide. Lions are everywhere. We're active men and women in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. Lions have a dynamic history. Founded in 1917, we are best known for

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