Our Global Causes

These Global Causes present significant challenges to humanity, and we believe it’s our turn to meet them.


We serve to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and improve quality of life for those diagnosed.


We serve to prevent avoidable blindness and improve quality of life for the visually impaired.


We serve to ensure all community members have access to nutritious foods.


We serve to protect and restore our environment to improve the well-being of all communities.

Pediatric Cancer
Childhood Cancer

We serve those affected by childhood cancer survive and thrive.

A Little History

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, objectives and a code of ethics were approved. And the rest is history.

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International President Patti Hill
Edmonton Host Lions Club, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Dr. Patti Hill, 

International President

Changing the World

Changing the world is a journey. There is no middle and no end. There is only a beginning—and it starts with us. It happens through the many small choices and acts of kindness we make every day. Together, the sum of our efforts makes the world a better place, one life, one relationship and one community at a time.