Who are the Lions?

Lions Clubs International

Lions Clubs began in 1917 as the dream of a Chicago businessman who believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.

Jones' idea struck a chord within his own group, the Business Circle of Chicago, and they authorised him to explore his concept with similar organisations from around the United States. His efforts resulted in an organisation meeting at a local hotel on June 7, 1917.

The 12 men who gathered there overcame a natural sense of loyalty to their parent clubs, voted the "Association of Lions Clubs" into existence and issued a call for a national convention to be held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of the same year.