WHO ARE LIONS?

Lions are ordinary people, volunteers, who do extraordinary things to

help others and support good causes. Members are enthusiastic about

making a difference, love to get involved and make things happen and

have fun doing it.

Every Lions Club supports a range of good causes and projects in

its local community with four main areas of focus; Youth initiatives,

health and wellbeing, sight and community involvement.

Clubs organise various FUNdraising events to support their community

activities and every penny raised goes to these good causes. They

organise local community events, provide direct support for

individuals or groups and respond pro-actively wherever they can.

Bexhill Lions Club

Founded 1971, it has 33 friendly members; men and women from a

wide range of backgrounds and meets each month at the Cooden

Beach Hotel. Our sub-committees usually meet monthly and cover

Youth, FUNdraising, Community Service, Membership and Social

events. For more detail on our community and youth activities click

on the appropriate tab on the home page.

Members all play a part in the club by belonging to one of the

Committees and giving what time and energy they can.

Could you see yourself as a Lion?

For more information about membership or Lions do contact the

Club Secretary, Lion Rick on 0845 833 9591 or email

bexhill.lions@gmail.com

History of Lions Clubs International

Lions were founded in Chicago by Melvin Jones, a successful businessman, who wanted a service focussed organisation where members would put their talents and enthusiasm to work to help improve the lives of others.

The Association of Lions Clubs was formed in June 1917, so we are now celebrating our Centennial year.

The idea of a community based club, dedicated to the idea that those living in that community are best placed to know who and how to help, quickly spread throughout America, then to Canada and over time across the world. Today there are currently about 1.4 million Lions in 46,000 clubs based in over 200 Countries or geographical locations. This makes Lions the largest service organisation in the world. In 1950 the first club in London was founded and

today, HRH The Countess of Wessex is the Patron of Lions Clubs of the British Isles which number some 900 clubs with 17,000 active members.

Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International. This supports major international projects and has donated over $100million for disaster relief programmes. Other global programmes include; diabetes, the environment, hunger relief, paediatric cancer and vision.

Melvin Jones famously said “You can’t get very far in this life until you start doing something for somebody else.”