Who We Are as a Lions Club Members

image As a Lions Club Member. You'll join a local group of service-minded men and women who volunteer to support your community every day. You'll also become a member of Lions Clubs International, a respected international organization, a leader in your local community, and a friend to people in need.

Listed below are some frequently asked questions about the Lions Club.
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Who are the Lions Club? A charitable organization in Goshen devoted to community service.
Lions Clubs International (LCI) is an international secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. As of April 2015, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.4 million members in over 200 countries around the world.

What is the mission of the Lions Clubs? To serve as a charitable and community service organiziation in Goshen NY.
Mission Statement. To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs.

How do I become a member of the Lions Club?
Most often you are invited by a current member or you may also fill out a Prospective member form so we can contact you. Prospective Member Form

Are there different types of Membership?
Yes... and we want you to choose the membership that's right for You! Which why we offer you several ways to become a Lion and serve.
  • Regular Membership: Are you interested in volunteer programs, community service and making our world a better place? Lions Clubs International (LCI) offers community members the opportunity to volunteer locally together as a group. Members are expected to meet membership requirements such as dues set by the club and LCI. Take the first step toward membership today � contact us and ask to be invited to a meeting.
  • Family Membership: Looking for special volunteer programs and activities you can do with your family? Family membership allows relatives to volunteer together at a reduced dues rate. Family members must meet membership requirements, live in the same household and belong to the same club. Children cannot become members, but can participate in the Cub Program, which allows children under age 12 the opportunity to build a lifelong dedication to helping others. If more than one member of your family is joining a club, tell them you want to join as a family unit.
  • Student Membership: Our student volunteer programs allow you to make new friends and help others in your community at the same time. With a student membership, your dues are reduced. If you are enrolled in an educational institution and between the age of legal majority and 30, tell the club you are joining that you would like to take advantage of the Student Member Program dues discount.
  • Leo to Lion Membership. If you are a current or former Leo club member between the age of legal majority and through age 30, take the opportunity to receive a dues discount and continue doing volunteer work with Lions Clubs International ... as a Lion!

How much does it cost to be a Lions Club member?
The first family member (head of household) pays full international dues (US$43), and up to four additional family members pay only half the international dues (US$21.50). All family members pay the one-time entrance fee (US$25) or charter fee (US$30).

What is the Leo club in high school?
The first Leo club was founded in 1957 by Jim Graver, the coach of the Abington High School, Pennsylvania baseball team. He was an active member of the Glenside Lions Club. ... The club also created the acronym Leadership, Experience, Opportunity for the word Leo. The word equality was later changed to experience.

What is Lions Clubs International Foundation?
As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian organization, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports Lions' compassionate works by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts.

Read more about Lions Club International

Where did the Lions Club Name & Emblem Originate?
On June 7, 1917 at the invitation of Melvin Jones, delegates met in Chicago. The only point of contention was the selection of a name for the new organization. Melvin Jones researched the idea of calling the new organization Lions. He was convinced that the lion stood for strength, courage, fidelity and vital action.

At the 1919 convention, there was a move to change the symbol, but a young attorney from Denver, Colorado rose to speak. His name was Halsted Ritter. "The name Lions stands not only for fraternity, good fellowship, strength of character and purpose, but above all, its combination of L-I-O-N-S heralds to the country the true meaning of citizenship: LIBERTY, INTELLIGENCE, OUR NATION'S SAFETY."