Lions Club History

Founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1917, by businessman Melvin Jones. Since its inception, Lions Clubs International has been dedicated to helping those less fortunate in their communities and around the world. In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the members to be "knights of the blind." "We Serve" became the association's official motto in 1954.

Who are Lions? - Everyday people doing extra ordinary things as members of a service club. We are members of the largest service organization in the world. Lions Clubs International has approximately 1.4 million members in 44,680 clubs in 200 countries and geographical areas around the world.

Our motto - "We Serve"

What does Lions stand for? - Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety

What is Lionism? - Lionism is knowing, showing, sharing, caring, but most of all it is fellowship.

What is a Lions Club? - A Lions Club is an International nonsectarian, nonpolitical service organization whose members are a group of service-minded men and women who are dedicated to working and raising funds to make their communities a better place to live in. These funds help support their work with the handicapped, the under privileged, the aged, the sick, the blind, the deaf and the youth of their community.

Lions Clubs Objectives: - To create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of 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 men to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

New Members?

In order to remain healthy and active, lions clubs need you, and others like you to prosper and achieve the goals of Lionism. We are constantly looking to increase our active membership. New members are always welcomed and vital to the success of any club. They provide the future leaders, they increase our potential for larger and more far-reaching community projects and projects around the world.

Who can become a Lion? - Any man or woman willing to work to help others, may be invited to join! They must be at least 18 years old and of good moral character; regardless of color, race, religion, language, or political beliefs; and have a good reputation in their community.

Why become a member? - The main reason is to help others, with the help of all the members of their club, we can work and raise funds to allow Lions to offer their assistance where needed in their community.

Socially you will meet people interested in doing the same work as you in your club, the other clubs in the district, the country and internationally. Inter-club visits and annual cabinet meeting and conventions are an integral part of Lionism and help broaden your knowledge and appreciation of how Lionism serves needs throughout the world.

Lions Code of Ethics:

  • To show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
  • To seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
  • To remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
  • Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards my fellow men, to resolve such doubt against myself.
  • To hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
  • Always to bear in mind y obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and m community, and to give to them my unswerving loyalty in a word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
  • To aid my fellow men by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
  • To be careful with my criticisms and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.

Club Fact Sheet:

Club History: Founded in Bay City, TX in 1943
Club Membership: 132 Members
Community Involvement/Club Projects: Campaign Sight First, Hardeman Park Teen Center, Lions Camp, Bay City Rice Festival

Club meets every Friday at Noon at The Bay City Country Club