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Lions Club International Talk

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Lions Club International by Lion John Sims

John’s illustrated talk was very impressive. We learnt so much about an organisation that is very familiar to us all, but so little understood.

It started in 1917 when a Chicago businessman Melvin Jones called a meeting of his local business clubs and suggested that they reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of communities across the world. They agreed.

They contacted further groups in the USA and together held another meeting in June 1917. They laid the foundations of the Lions Club as an international group for good that is now approaching its centenary in 2017. Their motto is:”We serve.”

John elaborated on how Lions clubs work as individuals, but under one umbrella, to support both local and international issues.

From 1925 they agreed to be, “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” They developed the white cane, guide dog training, eye banks, the recycling of spectacles and the fight against River Blindness. They also provide support for international disasters, the eradication of measles and many local charitable projects.

They encourage youth membership to develop the Lions of the future, community leaders and young businesses.

There are now Lions Clubs in 200 different countries of the world with 1.41 million members.

It was fascinating to reflect on the good work by this universal group.


We felt the Lion’s buzz.


Born June 16, 1969. I have lived in Brixham since 1985. I used to be a fisherman until I suffered a spinal cord injury in May 1986. Since then I have been confined to a wheelchair. Hobbies include computing, amateur radio and carp fishing


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