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  • Lions Clubs International

    BRITISH ISLES

    Buckingham Palace

    28th February 2018

  • 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

    Chartered under the jurisdiction of The International Association of Lions Clubs

  • Patron OF THE

    LIONS CLUBS OF THE BRITISH ISLES

    Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO

    who became Patron of the Lions Clubs of the British Isles in 2004

  • Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service organisation with 46,000 clubs and more than 1.4 million members working with their local communities in over 200 countries.

    Its founding is credited to the initiative of Chicago businessman, Melvin Jones. He envisaged a new type of service-centred club where members would put their talents to work to improve their communities.

    The Association of Lions Clubs was formed at a meeting on 7 June 1917 in Chicago. The desire to serve others was compelling and on 12 March 1920, the first club was established outside the US in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Expansion to China occurred in 1926, followed by the first Lions Club in Mexico a year later.

    By the 1940s, Lions Clubs were established across North America, South America and Asia.

    The story of the arrival of Lions Clubs in Europe involves a 29-year old man from Stockholm, Torgny Lange, who had a scholarship to study journalism in New York.

    Invited to attend the 1946 Lions International Convention in Philadelphia as a guest, Lange met Melvin Jones and learned that the two men shared the same birthday. Such congeniality led to Lange promising to start a Lions club in Sweden.

    It took two years before the first European club was founded in Stockholm on 24 March 1948, with the next established in Geneva three weeks later on 16 April.

    After Canadian Lions provided invaluable support for British children orphaned in the Second World War, the then Queen Elizabeth sent her equerry Colonel Edward Wyndham (later Lord Leconfield) to convey her thanks.

    He was so impressed that the Windsor Lions Club agreed to sponsor the first London club, with Lord Leconfield becoming its founding Charter President in 1950.

    Today, HRH The Countess of Wessex is a member of the Wokingham Lions Club and Royal Patron of the Lions Clubs of the British Isles.

    In 1955, Dublin became the first Lions Club started in Ireland, being co-sponsored by the London Club and the Capitol Hill Club of Washington.

    Lions History

  • That’s the question posed in a DVD produced by the University of Surrey which traces the history of Lions in our Multiple District from its beginnings in 1950.

    Superbly narrated by actress Penelope Keith (pictured) who gave her services voluntarily, the DVD touches on the origins of the Lions movement in 1917 when Melvin Jones set up the first Club in Chicago having observed that businessmen (and it was only men in those days of course) could use their drive, initiative and talents to help others less fortunate, thus giving birth to the principles of Lions which survive to this day across the world.

    In her voiceover Miss Keith outlines the coming of Lions to what was to become Multiple District 105. “It wasn’t until after the Second World War that Lions reached our shores. During the war, Canadian servicemen posted to London were appalled by the

    conditions the children of the Blitz were living in. Not only were their fathers fighting overseas, and their mothers working in factories, but the children had to deal with poor food, few clothes, constant danger and many of their homes being destroyed around them.

    “Through the Lions Clubs in Canada the servicemen raised funds to help, and were expecting the Lions Clubs in England to distribute them. Unfortunately, there was a small problem - there weren’t any!

    “So instead The Queen Mother, at that time Queen Elizabeth - who was Patron of the Church of England Children’s Society, arranged for the Society to distribute the funds on behalf of the Canadian Lions.”

    The story goes on to record how after the war Queen Elizabeth was so grateful to the Canadian Lions that she sent her equerry,

    Colonel Edward Wyndham (later Lord Leconfield) to Canada to thank them for their help. During his visit he was invited to Chicago to visit the Headquarters of Lions Clubs International and to see what Lions was really all about.

    “He was so impressed by what he saw that soon after he returned to England he set up the first Lions Club in the British Isles and Ireland in 1950 now known as the London Host Club.”

    Grainy black and white footage of the time shows the venue for the very first meetings of this prestigious new Club, the Criterion Restaurant above the Lillywhite’s building in Piccadilly Circus in London’s West End.

    Tribute is paid in the film to Helen Keller, ‘an inspirational author, political activist and lecturer who had become blind and deaf at the age of 19 months through illness’ and recounts how she addressed the 1925 Lions International Convention where she issued her famous challenge to Lions worldwide to ‘become Knights of the Blind in the Crusade against Darkness.’

    The film goes on to record the many achievements of the Lions of the British Isles, including their work, in the spirit of Helen Keller, in alleviating preventable blindness, fundraising in the aftermath of the terrible Asian Tsunami, work in Bosnia/Hergovina to save

    the lives of children and babies, Message in a Bottle, Special Olympics, MedicAlert and the multitude of local Club activities such as fun days out for needy and disabled people, fireworks and care for the elderly.

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    Introduced and narrated by Penelope Keith PAL DVD Audio: StereoRunning Time: 16 mins 27 seconds

    Produced by University of Surrey Television forMD105 Marketing & PR CommitteeLions Clubs British Isles

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    Lions The

    Story

    Who are the Lions?

  • The world is a very different place from that where Lions Clubs International first served local communities a hundred years ago. Yet, the desire of Lions members to serve others and help meet the needs of society are much the same.

    One major change is the ease with which the efforts of Lions members can be combined internationally. When we come together to focus on specific challenges facing humanity, Lions Clubs are able to make a phenomenal difference.

    By 2021, Lions Clubs International aims to triple its humanitarian impact in five key areas to have a positive effect on 200 million people every year. The Lions Clubs Global Service Framework comprises national and international projects alongside more focused and targeted efforts within local communities.

    Lions today

    DIABETES Contributes towards over 5 million deaths annually – and this number is rising. Lions Clubs support awareness and action projects.

    ENVIRONMENT Lions Clubs are tackling environmental challenges to ensure that local communities are healthy and sustainable.

    HUNGER RELIEF Nearly one billion people are affected by hunger every day. Lions Clubs address the needs of those who are vulnerable in society as well as food security issues caused by humanitarian crises.

    PAEDIATRIC CANCER One child is diagnosed with Paediatric Cancer every two minutes. Lions Clubs are supporting families, and funding life-saving treatments.

    VISION Vision has been a priority for Lions Clubs for nearly a hundred years. We work to improve eye health and eye care for hundreds of millions of people.

    DIABETES

    ENVIRONMENT

    HUNGER RELIEF

    PAEDIATRIC CANCER

    VISION

  • To provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.

    LEADERSHIP Develop skills as a project organizer, time manager and team leader.

    EXPERIENCE Learn how teamwork, cooperation and collaboration can bring exciting changes to your community and the world.

    OPPORTUNITY Make friends and feel the rewards of community service.

    Coach Jim Graver started the Leo ball rolling in 1957 and chances are that ball was a baseball. Graver was the baseball coach of the Abington High School in Pennsylvania, USA and an active member of the Glenside Lions Club. With help from his fellow Lion, William Ernst, the first Leo club was charted on December 5, 1957.

    As the world's first Leo Club, the Abington High School Leo Club created the Leo acronym – Leadership, Equality, Opportunity – and chose their school colours, maroon and gold to serve as the Leo Club colours. Later, Equality was changed to Experience.

    In October 1967, the Board of Directors of Lions Clubs International adopted the Leo Club Programme as an official programme of the association.

    The Leo Club Programme has continued to grow within the last 50 years. Leos now constitute an international network of over 6,500 clubs in over 140 countries. Community service remains the cornerstone of the programme, fostering a lifetime commitment to helping others. Like their Lion co