Our Global Causes

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

Diabetes
Diabetes

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

Vision
Vision

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

Hunger
Hunger

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

Environment
Environment

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 Dr. Jung-Yul Choi, Republic of Korea
Theme "We Serve"

Dr. Jung-Yul Choi,

United in Kindness and Diversity

Accomplished people from around the world have led our great association in its over 100-year history. While each international president brings their unique perspective and expertise to Lions Clubs International, there has (and always will be) a single constant that unites all Lions: service. With this as a guide, each president is committed to helping clubs increase their service, and as a result, their impact on our local and global communities.  

~ Dr. Jung-Yul Choi