Washington Lions Club

Just a few words about LIONISM

We are members of the largest service organization in the world.
Lions Clubs International has approximately 1,400,000 members in 44,680 clubs and
738 districts in 186 countries and geographical areas around the world.

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Our motto, "We Serve"

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What does Lions stand for?

L iberty, Intelligence, Our Nation's Safety

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What is Lionism?
Lionism is knowing, showing, sharing, caring, but most of all it is fellowship.

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Who are Lions?
Everyday people doing extra ordinary things as members of a service club.

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Who is a Lion?
He or she achieves success,
Who lives well, laughs often and loves much;
Who gains respect of intelligent men and women and the love of little children;
Who  fills his or her niche,
Who accomplishes his or her task,
Who leaves the world better than they found it,
whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a reserved soul;
Who never lacks appreciation of earth's beauty, or fails to express it;
Who always sees the best in others, and gives the best they have;
Whose life is an inspiration;
Whose memory is a benediction.

THEY ARE A LION

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What is a Lions Club?
A Lions Club is an International nonsectarian, nonpolitical service organization
whose members are a group of service-minded men and women who are dedicated
to working and raising funds to make their communities a better place to live in.
These funds help support their work with the handicapped, the under privileged,
the aged, the sick, the blind, the deaf and the youth of their community.

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Who can become a Lion?
Any man or woman willing to work to help others, may be invited to join!
They must be of legal majority and of good moral character; regardless of:
color, race, religion, language or political beliefs; and have a good reputation in their community.

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Why become a member?
The main reason is to help others, with the help of all the members of their club,
we can work and raise funds to allow Lions to offer their assistance where needed in their community.
Socially you will meet people interested in doing the same work as you in your club,
the other clubs in the district, the country and internationally.
Inter-club visits and annual cabinet meeting and conventions are an integral part of Lionism and
help broaden your knowledge and appreciation of how Lionism serves needs throughout the world.

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Lions Pledge
I pledge allegiance to my Country,
And to the cause of peace throughout the world.
I believe in the principles of Lionism as
Contained in the "Code of Ethics".
I am proud to be a Lion,
dedicated to the service of others.

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Lions Invocation
Where Lions meet, be present Lord,
To weld our hearts in one accord,
To do thy will Lord, make us strong,
To help the weak and right the wrong.

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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.

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New Members?
In order to remain healthy and active, lions clubs need you, and others like you to prosper and achieve the goals of Lionism.
We are constantly looking to increase our active membership. New members are always welcomed and vital to the success of any club.
They provide the future leaders, they increase our potential for larger and more far-reaching community projects and projects around the world.

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Are you interested?
Most people at one time or another have purchased tickets or supported one or another of the various Lions activities.
Perhaps the best way to help would be to become a member of a very active service club and
help to do your share to make your community a better place to live in and raise your children.
Membership is by Invitation Only, but if you're interested please contact any lions member.
They would be more than happy to explain fully what Lionism is all about and answer any questions you may have.

It's Great to be a Lion!

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Lions do Make a Difference!

Lions Clubs Objectives
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 men 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 endeavors.

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Lions Code of Ethics
To show  my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
To seek  success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
To remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards my fellow men, to resolve such doubt against myself.
To hold  friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and m community, and to give to them my unswerving loyalty in a word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
To aid  my fellow men by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
To be careful  with my criticisms and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.

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The Lions Toast
Never above you,
Never beneath you,
Always with you.

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Lions Grace
O Lord, thy blessings now let fall,
Upon thy Lions as they call.
May all our ties of friendship be,
Forever strengthened Lord by thee.

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Mission Statement
To serve our community while enjoying good fellowship and fostering Lionism.

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Vision Statement
To meet humanitarian needs by providing voluntary service through community involvement and international co-operation.