Lions Clubs International
The World's Largest Service Club Organization
Lions Clubs – Ready to Help, Worldwide
Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get better. That’s because we help where there is a need – in our own communities and around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy. With 48,000 clubs and 1.4 million members, the Lions Club is the world’s largest service club organization. We’re also one of the most effective. Our members do whatever is needed to help their local communities. Everywhere we work, we make friends – with children who need eyeglasses, with seniors who don’t have enough to eat and with people we may never meet.
New Braunfels Evening Lions Club is proud to be the 900th Lions Club in Texas, chartered June 26, 1967 (see our program from our Charter Night). As part of the Lions Club International, we serve in over 200 countries, in hospitals and senior centers, in regions battered by natural disaster, in schools and in eyeglass recycling centers. Lions are at work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. Because we are local, we can serve the unique needs of New Braunfels and Comal County.
We want everyone to see a better tomorrow!
That is why we support sight programs and services including vision screenings, eye banks and eyeglass recycling.
We believe everyone deserves a healthy life!
From providing health programs that focus on hearing loss to supporting efforts to control and prevent diabetes, we’re working to improve the health of children and adults around the world.
We’re uniting our global service around five areas of need.
These Global Causes present significant challenges to humanity, and we believe it’s our turn to meet them. Our five areas of focus are diabetes, vision, childhood cancer, hunger and the environment.
We empower the next generation.
We invest in the future by reaching out to young people by organizing Leo Clubs and supporting other local youth organizations.
We serve New Braunfels and Comal County – and protect the planet.
We perform hands-on service projects to improve our community and protect the environment.
Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety
How Lions Club began
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed.
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws, objects and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we’ve earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We’re a well-run organization with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.