Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local and world communities. By conducting service projects and raising funds, Lions strive to help those in need, wherever need exists. In addition, Lions not only help people in need, but have opportunities to develop personal frienships and gain valuable leadership skills. The Lions motto is "We Serve". To the Lions "We Serve" is not only a motto, but also a definition and philosophy.
The Association was founded in Chicago, Illinois, USA in 1917. Lions have served the world's population through hard work and commitment to make a difference in the lives of people everywhere. With 1.4 million members serving in more than 44,500 clubs in 191 countries and geographical areas, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization and best well administered organisation. Lions are recognized worldwide for their service to the blind and visually impaired.
We salute our National Flag and pledge our allegiance to the same. Its honour and its glory depend upon the zeal and assiduity with which each one of us will shoulder his responsibilities of a good citizen. Its history written in letters of gold, inspires us to put in good work for the fair name of our country. We declare our unflinching loyalty to our National flag and maintain that its course shall be our course and that each individual amongst us shall make genuine efforts to add to its lustre and glory and make it fly proudly aloft in the comity of nations.
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 to 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.
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 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 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 to destroy.
TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the people 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 endeavours.
The Melvin Jones Fellowship is recognition of a commitment to humanitarian work. The fellowship is the foundation's highest honor and represents humanitarian qualities such as generosity, compassion, and concern for the less fortunate. MJF is created in 1973, the fellowship is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones.