The primary function of all the Lions clubs around the world is to both work in and help the people in each club's community. This can take the form of supporting community events, for example acting as marshalls at a carnival. It can include fundraising events to provide resources for individuals in need or organisations who are taking on a new project. As an example, our club raised several thousand pounds for syringe pumps to provide residents at a hospice in the area with controlled pain refief.
Lions don't just help in their local community but are also helping throughout the world. A small act like collecting unwanted spectacles for reuse through the Lions International sight missions makes a tremendous difference to people in the third world; restoring sight to those with impaired vision.
The beautifiul quote by Ralph Waldo Emmerson says so much about what being a lion is.
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
And as the cleric John Wesley said
Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again
As a member of a Lions club you will be meeting and working along with others who share your compassion for your community. Serving together with other Lions can build friendships that last a lifetime.
We never stop learning no matter how old or young we are and being a member of your local Lions club means you will become involved in activities and practices you may have never encountered before. Learn how to plan a food drive and feed the hungry. Learn about the risks of diabetes, and share your knowledge with community members to help them lead healthier lifestyles.
Lions givves families the opportunity to work together, to share precious time with each other volunteering on projects in your own community or the community of children, grandchildren, siblings or parents. The family which volunteers together stays together.
Have you gained experiences in life which have shaped you? Why not pass on the benefit of your life skills, thoughts and knowledge to the young leaders of tomorrow. Lions come in all ages and developing young adults is a rewarding and satisfying experience.