HISTORY OF LIONISM
The International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones. He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
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 code of ethics were approved.
Among the objects adopted in those early years was one that read, “No club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object.” This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the association’s main tenets.
Just three years after its formation, the association became international when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. Major international expansion continued as clubs were established, particularly throughout Europe, Asia and Africa during the 1950s and ’60s.
In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions international convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.
Broadening its international role, Lions Clubs International helped the United Nations form the Non-Governmental Organizations sections in 1945 and continues to hold consultative status with the U.N.
In 1990, Lions launched its most aggressive sight preservation effort, SightFirst. The US$202 million program strives to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desperately needed health care services.
In addition to sight programs, Lions Clubs International is committed to providing services for youth. Lions clubs also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduct hearing programs and, through their foundation, provide disaster relief around the world.
Lions Clubs International has grown to include 1.3 million men and women in approximately 45,000 clubs located in 202 countries and geographic areas.
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LIONS CLUB PATHANKOT
Lions Club Pathankot , welcomes you all.This is our pleasure to introduce this branch associated with Lions Club International located in the beautiful city of Pathankot where a diversity of people are present as it is being poured by adjoining areas of Jammu and Kashmir,Himachal Pradesh and of course Punjab in which we are located.To give you all a birds eye view of the club which has almost nearing 161 members and has been considered as a 5*****active club of District 321D .This club has a speciality of having members from diverse backgrounds and proffessions ranging from super class businessman like contractors,jwellers,teachers,health proffessionals and a never ending list.The way this club works is looking sailing on a smooth sea but underneath lots of labour and hardwork is being put.The club presidents are elected and in a righteous manner they perform there duties flawlessly with the team support as a major contribution.While undertaking projects it is always taken into consideration that someone with a goodposition in city like either from civil services or from municipal coorporation is involved.This extended support always makes a difference in the projects.As we have told that it contains a huge class of intellectual persons so there never say no support is utilized in all the service projects.In a regular manner the club members donate blood voluntarily and a mass scale of eye,dental n medical checkup camps are performed,others being free acupressure camp,donation in schools,adoption of a school,antipolythene drive,seminars on female foeticide,aids awareness,organ donation,traffic rules teaching,free pollution checkup camps and a very pious project of tree plantation and many more that we can count on.So in short this is our club a magnificent,dynamic,dedicated to service and a club where all meet with eyes full of love,heart blossoming with love,hands showing gestures of love and a beautiful mind that thinks for the club to the club and devoted to club.