Lions Clubs International
As the “international” name implies, Lions Clubs can be found in just about every county in the world. Lions was first started in America in 1917 by Melvin Jones.
Following world wide growth of clubs, Lions arrived in the United Kingdom in 1950 when the London (Host) Club was formed. Our club, Bristol Brunel Lions, was established in 1972.
Our universal motto is ‘We Serve’ which simply means that we try to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
Lions Clubs International aims are;
- To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.
- To be a global leader in community and humanitarian service.
Traditionally Lions worldwide have worked to help blind and sight impaired people with a vision to eradicate blindness throughout the world. As a club, Bristol Brunel have been regular donators to the Sight Savers programme having donated funds to establish over 50 mobile clinics, mainly in India.
Water Aid programmes, as well as the provision of ‘Education Kits’ for the schooling of children in Africa, are just two of the ways Lions work internationally. Through our Lions Clubs International Foundation we are able to respond immediately in areas of disasters to help rebuild communities. This is done through the Lions Clubs in the disaster areas. Every penny donated is used to help – none is ‘lost’ in administration or hidden costs.
Bristol Brunel Lions are great supporters of young people and have developed a number of initiatives to achieve this. Our Young Leaders in Service and Peace Poster competition are just two of a wide range of ‘Youth’ schemes.
Not surprisingly a number of clubs twin with a foreign club. Following the 500th anniversary of John Cabot discovering America Bristol Brunel Lions Club twinned with Gaeta Lions in Italy. This is where Cabot’s family origins are reputed to be.
There are Lion Clubs in 206 countries and there are over 900 clubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Fellowship, friendship and a hearty welcome awaits anyone visiting a club and the idea of having friends through Lions throughout the world is very special.