People considering joining their local Lions Club often ask, “Why should I become a Lion?” Here are just a handful of reasons:
1. Serve the community.
Lions are committed to partnering with local leaders and organizations, identifying the unique needs of their communities and surrounding areas, and planning service projects that address those needs. From community cleanup projects to food drives to fundraisers, Lions help people in need who are close to home. We serve!
Last week Leos and Lions had the pleasure of meeting Leo Othmar from Austria, who is an Omega Leo. In the United States was have Alpha Leos. The difference is their ages: Alpha Leos are 13-18 and Omega Leos are 19-30. There are a few Omega Leo clubs in America but the standard is Alpha Leos who are under a Lions club that sponsor them.
Omega Lions stand on their own and have their own projects and bank accounts. They are not governed by a Lions Club. He is traveling to 50 countries and documenting what Leo are doing around the world.
In 1917 Lions International was founded by Melvin Jones as a strictly men in service organization. Then in 1925 Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan were honored as the first and second ladies of Lionism. Helen Keller challenged Lions at the 1927 International Convention to be Knights of the Blind. That challenge was accepted.
Until 1975 Lions was a men only service organization. Then the Lioness Program began as a sub-group. In 1987 the first group of women was approved for Lion’s membership as a sole entity.
If you attended the Bear Paw Parade, you probably saw the Lions’ Vision and Eye Screening Trailer go by you, with Lions and Leos marching alongside, handing out candy to the kids and having a blast along the way.
Now, those same Lions and Lions clubs from around the state are organizing together to provide free eye screening at the Alaska State Fair.
Put the Lions on your “must-see” list of free things to do at the fair this year.