About Lions


The start

Lions Clubs began in the United States of America in 1917. A group of independent clubs responded to a call from a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones, to launch a club which had community service as its prime aim.

Worldwide the International Association of Lions Clubshas a membership of approximately 1.3 million in 200 countries and geographical areas.

In New Zealand

The first New Zealand Lions Club was formed in 1955 in Auckland. In New Zealand 10,600 members belong to 389 clubs in seven Districts. They are part of a worldwide network of 1.35 million Lions in 46,392 clubs in over 200 countries or regions.

Why Lions is worthwhile

Fellowship; good times; meeting people; building lasting friendships; service to the community; learning new skills; leadership and personal development these are just some of the good things about being a member of Lions, the world’s largest and most active service club.

Our Work

Our emphasis is on community service in all forms. Lions programmes serve the young and the aged, the disabled and the disadvantaged – anybody who has a need. Programmes are conducted locally, nationally and internationally.

They include sight conservation and work with the blind, citizenship services, hearing and speech action, programmes with the deaf, drug education, environmental, recreational, health and social services.

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