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Founded in 1917, the Lions are best known for fighting blindness.  It's a part of their history as well as their work today.  But, they also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects-including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

Lions Club International is the world's largest service club organization with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. Lions Club International develops leaders who serve at every level of their organization and oversee everything from local membership to the organization's international direction. Lions  have a dynamic history. Lions are active. Lions are part of a global service network, doing whatever is necessary to help local communities. The Lion motto is "We Serve."

Lions give sight.  By conducting vision screenings, equipping hospitals and clinics, distributing medicine and raising awareness of eye disease, Lions work toward their mission of providing vision for all extending their commitment to sight conversation through countless local community projects, through International Sight First program, which works to eradicate blindness

Lions serve youth.  Community projects often support local children and schools through scholarships, recreation and mentoring. Internationally, they offer many programs, including the Peace Poster Contest, Youth Camps and Exchange and Lions Quest.  The Leo Program provides personal development through youth volunteer opportunities, There are approximately 144,000 Leos and 5,700 Leo clubs in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Lions award grants.  Since 1968, the Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF) has awarded more than US $700 million in grants to support Lions humanitarian community projects around the world.  Together the Foundation and Lions are helping communities following natural disasters by providing for immediate needs such as food, water, clothing and medical supplies--and aiding in long-term reconstruction.

PALO ALTO HOST LIONS founded April 6, 1927, is in District 4-C4 which includes all of the Lions clubs from San Francisco to Palo Alto.


The objectives of the Lions are:

  • TO CREATE and foster a spirit of under standing among the people of the world.
  • TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship.
  • TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community
  • TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, shared and mutual understanding of our area.
  • TO PROVIDE a forum for open discussion of all subjects of public interest, provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
  • TO ENCOURAGE self-minded men and women to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.

Lions clubs do not discriminate in their membership with regards to sex, race or religion.

What is my next step?

The next step is to say “Yes” to a visit to the Palo Alto Host Lions Club. Please fill out and mail the form below. You will be contacted by a member of the Club to implement this invitation.


Maintaining Our Mission – and Global Impact

  • Who makes up a local Lions Club?
    Our local Lions Club is comprised of the community's trade, business and professional men and women; utility executives, public administrators, bankers, attorneys, insurance sales professionals, veterinarians, pharmacists, accountants, realtors, merchants, contractors and others - just like you - all interested in serving their community.
  • How can being a member of the Lions Club benefit me? 
    Membership brings you in regular contact with other men and women of our community. It puts you and your family in a position to share in the good, friendly, warm fellowship and social activities of your Lions Club.

  • How can I contribute?
    You can contribute in any degree you wish by participating in several worthwhile community service projects, such as those listed above, which provide funds for our blind and sight conservation programs as well as other similar activities.

  • How much time will all of this take?
    The amount of time is up to you. No one is expected to do it all. There are many activities that the club is involved in. The primary one being the annual Palo Alto Concours d’Elegance. You can participate in any of them in what ever capacity you feel most suits your time and abilities.

  • What other benefits does Lionism offer? 
    First, you can experience the prestige and I significance of simply becoming a Lion, the single most important part of this worldwide organization.

    Second, you’ll become close friends with the other business representatives and their families of your community, who have a common concern and interest not only in Lionism . . but in their business community, as well as becoming involved in social activities.


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