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.
The first New Zealand Lions Club was formed in 1955 in Auckland. This has grown to nearly 450 Clubs across New Zealand, with a membership of almost 12,000.
Worldwide the International Association of Lions Clubs has a membership of approximately 1.3 million in 200 countries and geographical areas.
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.
The emphasis is on community service in all forms. Our 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, environment, recreational, health and social services.
Lions Clubs also provide help in times of emergency and great need such as in drought or flood, earthquake or cyclone.
Lions' contributions to the development and care of New Zealand youth include Lions - Quest Skills for Living programmes, drug awareness, an International Youth Exchange programme, the National Young Speechmaker Contest, and our Leo clubs.
Most Lions Clubs meet at twice a month, usually over dinner, however some meet for lunch or breakfast, and also meet to plan and carry out our various projects and activities.
Many meetings feature interesting guest speakers and all provide opportunities to build friendships. Clubs are always on the lookout for different entertaining programmes and activities for meetings, often involving partners and families of members.
As a member you have opportunities to participate to a level that your work, family and other commitments allow. You can choose the activities and committees with which you wish to be involved. You will have every opportunity to develop your leadership and organisational abilities. If you choose you may take on offices that lead through to presidency of your Club and beyond to district and international level of involvement.
Above all, you will enjoy working with other members on even the simplest of projects and get satisfaction from knowing that you are helping your community at the same time.
Our Club Officers. Click here to view.