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2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Year


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. Within three years, Lions became an international organisation. Since then, we've earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a  worldwide organisation with a steady vision, a clear mission and a long and proud history over one hundred years.

'We Serve'

You can find Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles  – we have 13,000 active members belonging to 670 local clubs. Every Lions Club supports a range of projects in its local community including health and youth initiatives – where you can get involved with, 'Magic Moments'.

  Service Challenge 'Magic Moments' Spectacle Collections - Here

Congratulations to the Clubs that have reported their used spectacle collections  to Sight Officer Lion Harry Smith and reported their Activities on MyLCI

Totals now in excess of 70,000 used pairs of spectacles collected including the Members Convention collection on 4 March 2017


and this is where some of the used spectacles are put to good use, 'Sharing the Vision' in the Philippines with Laoac United Lions Club holding a distribution session under the watchful eye of Lion Benjamin Manluctao.  


'Magic Moments' by our District Centennial Co-ordinator Lion Julia

Hello everyone - This is an exciting time for LIONS and a once in a life time opportunity to create some 'Magic Moments' service activities and do what we do best, putting smiles on faces and supporting those less fortunate than ourselves through our motto 'We Serve'.

Lots of ideas will follow for you to think about and I am sure you will have ideas of your own - I would be most interested to hear of successful 'Magic Moments' service activities, so these can be shared with others.

Just to help you along the way, the MD Centennial Team have put together some Service Activities and Celebrations - see some of the ideas you may wish to be involved with in this Power Point Presentation - Here

Don't forget to get your Club Secretary to record your clubs 'Magic Moments' service activities on the MyLCI to achieve the target of 100 million services by June 2018.

I am sure many Clubs are involved - tell us about it and we can celebrate our achievements together.

Our District Centennial Masked Ball was held at the Aztec Hotel, Bristol on Saturday 20 May 2017 with dancing to the Kirris Riviere Blues Band and entertainment by magician Paul Preager.

Lion Julia O'Neill, Centennial Co-ordinator, Email Here


For more information about the Lions Centennial 100 million service target - Here


Every day, Lions are having fun by organising remarkable and memorable fundraising activities – with every penny raised going direct to good causes.* 
Every year, in Europe alone, Lions Clubs’ members volunteer around 6 million hours of service and raise £88 million to support the needs of local communities.

* Note: All Lions Clubs administrative costs are covered by the annual subscription paid by individual members.

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