Since 1917, Lions clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as cleaning up an area park or as far-reaching as bringing sight to the world's blind, Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community.
Today with more than 46,000 clubs in 192 countries and geographical areas, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the ever-increasing needs of our global community.
Our programs are continually changing to meet new needs and greater demands, but our mission has never wavered: "We Serve."
- The Name
The proper name of the association is "The International Association of Lions Clubs." Many Lions,
however, prefer the use of the shorter form of "Lions Clubs International."
- The Emblem
Throughout the world, Lions are recognized by the emblem they wear on their lapels. It consists of a gold
letter "L" on a circular purple field. Bordering this is a circular gold area
with two lion profiles at either side facing away from the center. The word
"Lions" appears at the top, and "International" at the bottom. Symbolically,
the lions face both past and future -- proud of the past and confident of the
future. Lions wear their emblem with pride.
The motto of every Lion is simply "We Serve." What better way to express the true mission of Lionism?
- The Slogan
The slogan of the association is "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's
- Official Colors
The royal colors of purple and gold were selected as the official colors when the association was
organized in 1917. Purple stands for loyalty to friends and to one's self, and
for integrity of mind and heart. Gold symbolizes sincerity of purpose,
liberality in judgement, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and
purpose toward humanity.