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Mission Statement

  Lions Clubs International is dedicated to helping those less fortunate in their communities and around the world. "We Serve" became the association's official motto at the International Convention in New York City in 1954. Cutting across all national, racial and cultural boundaries, activities have included:

  • Sight conservation and work with the visually impaired
  • Hearing conservation and work with the hearing impaired
  • Citizenship, educational, health and social services
  • Youth programs including drug education and prevention, community outreach and volunteer programs
  • Diabetes detection and research
  • Work for international cooperation and understanding, including international youth camps, youth exchange programs and Lions International Peace Poster Contest


History of Lions International

The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He 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' own group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the country, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, at the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago. The new group took the name of one of the groups invited, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention was held in Dallas in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and code of ethics were approved.

Just three years after its formation, the organization became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and 60s. Perhaps the single event having the greatest impact on the association's service commitment occurred in 1925 when  Helen Keller addressed the Lions at their international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio USA. It was there that she challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." They responded, and Lions are now best known for their sight-related programs, including SightFirst, the world's largest blindness prevention program.


What We Do

For more than eighty years, Lions Clubs around the world have been recognized for their service to the visually impaired and hearing impaired. The majority of the world's eye banks have been established by and are currently supported by Lions Clubs, as are hundreds of clinics, hospitals and eye research centers. 

We provide eye exams and eyeglasses, hearing exams and hearing aids, leader dogs for the visually impaired and hearing dogs for the hearing impaired. We sponsor a peace poster contest in conjunction with the International Association of Lions Clubs. We recycle used eyeglasses and prepare them for people in third world countries, where a pair of eyeglasses often costs more than a month's wages. Watch for our eyeglass collection boxes throughout the area.

Through our district money-raising projects, we support such organizations as Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt, Lions World Services for the Blind in Little Rock, Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Services in Memphis, and The Star Center in Jackson.

Some of the funds we raise are used to support a mobile sight and hearing screening van that travels to schools, retirement centers and churches throughout our district.

The Lions, Lionesses and Leos of District 12-L really make a difference in their communities. Where there is a need, they are usually there to help!


Locating a Club

Membership in a Lions Club is by invitation only. We are always looking for civic minded citizens who are willing to donate some time and effort toward making our communities better places in which to live. You can join us and learn more about what Lions really do to help their fellow man. Through membership, Lions not only help people in need, but they have opportunities to develop personal friendships and gain valuable leadership skills which can be used in their work or in their personal lives. If you are interested in learning more about Lions Clubs in western Tennessee, please contact PDG William J. Boughton..
 (If you know which club serves your local area, you may call or e-mail that Lions Club directly. )


Lion Links

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Links to District 12-L Clubs

Lion Net, The World -- Click here to go to the main Lion Net page and find information about Lions Clubs around the world.

Lion Net, The United States -- Click here to go to the USA Lion Net page and find information about Lions Clubs in the USA.

Lions Clubs International--Our International Headquarters Web Page.

Lions Clubs International Foundation-- The grant making arm of Lions Clubs International

Other sight-related organizations supported by 12-L.
Click on the links below to find out how to make a contribution.