A Walk in the Park
Lions Clubs International began in 1917 when Chicago businessman Melvin Jones suggested that local business clubs join together to better address the needs of their communities and of the world. Similar groups throughout the United States joined this endeavor. An organizational meeting was held in Chicago in June 1917. The Lions became an international organization within three years.
At the 1925 Lions Club International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, Helen Keller addressed the assembly with this eloquent challenge:
The Convention accepted Miss Keller's challenge and since then Lions have worked around the globe to address issues of blindness and visual impairment.
Although best known to many for their work in fighting blindness, the Lions work tirelessly throughout the world in many areas of humanitarian services, doing what is necessary to help individuals and communities overcome challenges.
Today there are 1.35 million Lions Club members in more than 46,000 Lions CLubs in more 200 countries and geographical regions throughout the world.