In 1917, a Chicago businessman named Melvin Jones, had the idea to start an organization dedicated to improving people’s lives on a global scale.
He reached out to business groups and organizations across the country, who agreed with his vision. They first met on June 1, 1917 in Chicago where the group took the name ‘Association of Lions Clubs’ and after that, held their first convention in Dallas that October, where their constitution and by-laws were officially adopted. Three years later, they were an international organization with the chartering of a club in Windsor, Canada. Today, there are more than 47,000 chapters with over 1.4 million members in 200+ countries embodying our mission: We Serve!