Lions Information / Protocols

Useful info for the use/reference of Lions members.

The origins of the International Association of Lions Clubs began in the United States of America in 1917 when a group of independent clubs responded to an ideal presented to them by a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones. The idea was one of service as a group to others without regard to politics, religion, race or in any way the personal interests of the members. This was heralded as a departure from the trend, current at that time, of forming clubs basically with a commercial motive. A conference was convened with some twenty five independent clubs in attendance on June 7th 1917 and from this meeting, the Lions organisation was born.

The concept of Lions Clubs spread throughout the world and the first Lions Club formed in South Africa was in Cape Town in 1957. We have achieved over 60 years of our service to the communities of Southern Africa. Today there are some 1.4 million members in approximately 47000 Lions Clubs in 200 different countries and geographical locations throughout the world. A tribute indeed to the testimony of one man's dream and the global need for service minded people to aid the one motto - "We Serve".

Lions Clubs Activities

The universal motto of every Lions Club is "We Serve". Whether helping the sight or hearing impaired...conducting drug or diabetes awareness campaigns providing recreational opportunities for the handicapped... sponsoring the research into the causes and the prevention of blindness... providing children with sports equipment or just a place to play...or raising funds to make it all possible, service always comes first for a Lion. That's why Lions Clubs International is not only the largest, but also the most active service club organisation in the world.

LIONS ARE individuals that make up the world's largest and most active service club organisation.

LIONS ARE people who have decided to give something back to their communities, who are dedicated to seeking out people in need, and who meet those needs in an efficient, dignified and caring way.

LIONS ARE men and woman who believe that, by working together with other people and uniting in the bonds of friendship, they will be able to accomplish far more for their communities than would be possible alone.

LIONS ARE dedicated to maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards in their Club - and in their personal and professional lives.

LIONS ARE people who cherish the friendship of their own Club, and who also feel a close kinship with Lions of other nations in 200 countries and geographical locations throughout the free world.

LIONS ARE aware that the friendships made through Lionism last a lifetime because they are based on a common commitment to service.

LIONS ARE very serious about their commitment to humanitarian service, and certainly don't mind having a lot of fun and excitement along the way.

LIONS ARE ...or perhaps could be... someone just like you!

...yes, but what's in it for me?

There are so many benefits. For some it is simply to have a sense of belonging - or to be part of the team. For many there is the desire for altruism - the need to give to others. Opportunities abound where you can associate with new found friends and where the emphasis is pure fun. You will receive thanks from those you serve and from your fellow Club members too because you will have touched so many lives in need.


Lions Clubs throughout Southern Africa are seeking people who want to make a difference in their community and who are prepared to invest a little of their spare time.

If you are a service minded member of your community and feel that you may have a little time to spare, please contact your nearest Lions Club or the Webmaster.


    • TO ORGANIZE, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
    • TO COORDINATE the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
    • TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
    • TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.
    • TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
    • TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
    • TO PROVIDE a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
    • TO ENCOURAGE service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavours.

    The Lions Pledge

    I pledge my allegiance to my country and to the cause of peace throughout the world.
    I believe in the principals of Lionism as contained in the Lions Code of Ethics.
    I am proud to be a Lion.
    Dedicated to the service of others.
    The Lions Creed

    A person who achieves success, who lives well, laughs often and loves much; who gains the respect of intelligent people and the love of little children.
    Who fills a niche and accomplishes his or her task,
    who leaves the world better than he or she found it
    whether by a brighter flower, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul.
    Who always sees the best in others and gives the best he or she has; whose life is an inspiration, whose memory is a benediction.
    That person is a LION.

    O God, who art Eternal Light and infinite Wisdom;
    in whom we live and move and have our being,
    we beg Thy blessing upon our deliberations
    that we too may acquire true knowledge and wisdom,
    and thus become more fit to serve
    our neighbour, our Country and Thee,
    Our Heavenly Father.

    National Anthem of South Africa

    Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika
    Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,
    Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
    Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
    Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
    O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,
    O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
    Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika.
    Uit die blou van onse hemel,
    Uit die diepte van ons see,
    Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
    Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
    Sounds the call to come together,
    And united we shall stand,
    Let us live and strive for freedom,
    In South Africa our land.
    National Anthem of Namibia

    NAMIBIA land of the brave
    Freedom fight we have won
    Glory to their bravery
    Whose blood waters our freedom
    We give our love and loyalty
    Together in unity
    Contrasting beautiful Namibia
    Namibia our country
    Beloved land of savannahs
    Hold high the banner of liberty
    Namibia our country
    Namibia motherland
    We love thee
    National Anthem of Eswatini

    O Lord our God, bestower of the blessings of the Swazi;
    We give Thee thanks for all our good fortune;
    We offer thanks and praise for our king;
    And for our fair land, it's hills and rivers;
    The Blessings be on all rulers of our country;
    Might and power are Thine alone;
    We pray Thee to grant us wisdom without deceit or malice.
    Establish and fortify us, Lord Eternal.

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