2017-2018 Speech Topic
What is the impact of volunteerism?
So What are Lions Clubs All About?
Founded in 1917, the International Association of Lions Clubs are recognized for our service to the blind and visually impaired, as well as diabetes awareness and assistance to the hearing impaired.
Lions Clubs International:
- is world’s largest service club organization
- has 1.3 million members worldwide
- is comprised of over 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries
Lions work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Such as:
- working to end preventable blindness
- participating in a variety of projects in their communities
- projects include cleaning up local parks to helping international victims of natural disasters
Lions club members strive to make a difference in their local community as well as communities worldwide. Their volunteer efforts go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide.
Helen Keller’s Challenge
Known around the world as a symbol of courage in the face of overwhelming odds, Helen Keller challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention.
Our founder, Melvin Jones, took up the challenge, and since then, we have worked tirelessly to aid the blind and visually impaired. Today, sight programs remain one of our defining causes.
Leo Clubs – Youth Volunteer Opportunities
Being a Leo is a great way to serve your community, develop leadership skills and make new friends.
More than 150,000 young people in 139 countries around the world are proud to volunteer to serve others in their local communities. Leo club members are between the ages of 12 and 30.
Within this age range, Alpha Leo clubs are designed for young people between 12 and 18 years old, focusing on the individual and social development of teens and preteens.
Omega clubs are tailored for young adults between 18 and 30 years old and focus on the personal and professional development of young adults.
The Leo Club Program as been growing strong for over 50 years. Community service remains the cornerstone of the program, and like their Lion counterparts, Leo club members enjoy serving their neighbors and watching positive results unfold.
Leo Club Objective
To provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.