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 Brian Sheehan
Bird Island Lions Club, Minnesota, USA

Brian Sheehan, 

International President

Together We Can

President Sheehan believes it. He sees it in his work, in his service and in his wonderful marriage to Lori—teamwork makes it all work. That’s why Together We Can is his message to Lions, and the world. We see it in our clubs every day. People uniting to build up our communities, to be the helping hand, to change lives. Together.  Every day, we live out the simplicity, the necessity and the absolute beauty of Together We Can.