Motto, Vision and Mission Statement


In 1917, a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones had a vision of an organization that could provide service to those in need. Today, Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world with approximately 1.4+ million members in over 46,000 clubs. 

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  Vision Statement

To be the global leader in community and humanitarian service

  Mission Statement

To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

Lions Clubs International Purposes and Code of Ethics


  • To Organize, charter, and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
  • To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
  • 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 the quality of service.
  • To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage is 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.
  • Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against 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 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 them freely of my time, labor, and means.
  • To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
  • To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.

Lions Clubs’ International History

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Lions Clubs International Headquarters

300 W. 22nd Street

 Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842 USA

Phone: 630-571-5466

The Lions Clubs International Headquarters building, located in Oak Brook, Illinois, USA, is home to approximately 330 employees. International Headquarters is an important resource for all Lions. While your communications with some divisions and departments may be more frequent than with others, each of the divisions and departments at International Headquarters is ready to offer you assistance and advice, whenever needed.

The office is open to Lions and the general public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

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