The Lions Club International is a world wide organisation dedicated to serving the needs of the less fortunate. The Hout Bay Lions’ home is found in the beautiful fishing village of Hout Bay, just 15minutes outside Cape Town in South Africa. The Lions Club of Hout Bay was chartered on the 19th April, 1966. The Club part of District 410A, covering Clubs in the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Namibia Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who bridge religious, political, economic and social boundaries. They are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their personal time and talents to help other people. Their motto is “We Serve”. They are community volunteers who roll up their sleeves to help young people, elderly, the ailing, the needy and their environment. The prestigious Financial Times in Britain voted Lions the world’s best “Non-Government Organisation” to work with. Lions have worked in partnership with the United Nations on various humanitarian projects since it was formed after the Second World War.
A Short History of the Lions: Melvin Jones In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago insurance agent and business leader, told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones’ group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organisational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of one of the invited groups, the “Association of Lions Clubs,” and a national convention was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. Within three years, Lions became an international organisation. In 1925 the inspirational Helen Keller successfully challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind” and it was Lions who introduced the white cane to signify a blind person. The campaign is on-going and over the last three years Lions worldwide Lions raised over $200 million towards preventable blindness. The International Lions program SightFirst has saved or restored the sight to 27 million people world wide .