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Signing Off

Dear Lion,
It is bittersweet for me that this is my final message to you as zone chairperson of our great zone – Region 1 zone 2.

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Lions Clubs International – the story behind.

Founded in 1917
In Chicago, Illinois.

Melvin Jones, a 38-year-old Chicago business leader, asked a simple and world-changing question – what if people put their talents to work improving their communities? Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs and countless stories of Lions acting on the same simple idea: let's improve our communities.

We went International
1920 in Chicago, Illinois

Just three years after our founding, Lions became international when we established the first club in Canada. Mexico followed in 1927. In the 1950s and 1960s international growth accelerated, with new clubs in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Helen Keller Challanged Lions
1925 in Cedar Point, Ohio

Helen Keller addressed the Lions Clubs International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA, and challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness." Since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired.

Worked with the United Nations
1945 in Chicago, Illinois

The idea of an international organization is exemplified by our enduring relationship with the United Nations. We were one of the first nongovernmental organizations invited to assist in the drafting of the United Nations Charter and have supported the work of the UN ever since.

Organized the Leo Club Program
1957 in Chicago, Illinois

In the late 1950s, we created the Leo Program to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Established Our Foundation
1968 in Chicago, Illinois

Lions Clubs International Foundation assists Lions with global and large-scale local humanitarian projects. Through our Foundation, Lions meet the needs of their local and global communities.

Moved to Oak Brook
1971 in Oak Brook, Illinois

LCI moves their headquarters to a suburb of Chicago.

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