Lions Club International - Tehran, Iran

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is an international non-political service organization established originally in 1917 in Chicago, Illinois, by Melvin Jones.

It is now headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois. As of January 2020, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members (including the youth wing Leo) in more than 200 countries around the world.

In 1917, Jones was a 38-year-old Chicago business leader who 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. The Business Circle subsequently joined one of the invited groups, the "International Association of Lions Clubs" and at a national convention held in Dallas, Texas, later that year, those who were assembled:

(1) adopted a Constitution, By-Laws, Code of Ethics and an Emblem. (2) established as a main tenet "unselfish service to others". (3) unanimously elected Woods as its first president of his leadership for the first two years of the existence of the International Association of Lions. (4) selected Jones to serve as the organization's secretary-treasurer.

The Lions motto is "We Serve". Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs. The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden. No Religion, No Politics!

The LIONS acronym also stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety.

The First Lion Club in Iran was inaugurated in 1961 by Iran’s Empress Shahbanou Farah and by 1979 there were about 600 Lions Clubs all of which were disbanded after the Revolution.

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is a secular service organization withover 44,500 clubs and more than 1.368,683 million members in 191 countries around the world founded by Melvin Jones Headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, United States, the organization aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale.

Much of the focus of Lions Clubs International work as a service club organization is to raise money for worthy causes. All funds raised by Lions Clubs from the general public are used for charitable purposes, and administrative costs are kept strictly separate and paid for by members. Some of the money raised for a club’s charity account goes toward projects that benefit the local community of an individual club.

The stated purposes of Lions Clubs International are:

▪ To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
▪ To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
▪ To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoplesof the world.
▪ To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
▪ To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
▪ To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
▪ To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
▪ To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethicalstandards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

Lions Clubs International (LCI) Official Website