1925 speech by Helen Keller can be found here.)

Purpose of Lions Clubs...

  • To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known
as Lions clubs.
  • To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration
of Lions clubs.
  • To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples 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
  • To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided,
    however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club
  • To Encourage service-minded people 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 Club Code of Ethics...

  • To Show my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end
    that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
  • To Seek success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to
    accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair
    advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
  • To Remember that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down
    another's; to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
  • Whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others,
    to resolve such doubt against myself.
  • To Hold friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on
    account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands
    nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
  • Always to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my
    community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed. To give
    them freely of my time, labor and means.
  • To Aid others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my
    substance to the needy.
  • To Be Careful with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.

The Lions Name

On June 7, 1917 at the invitation of Melvin Jones, delegates met in Chicago. The only point of
contention was the selection of a name for the new organization. Melvin Jones researched the
idea of calling the new organization Lions. He was convinced that the lion stood for strength,
courage, fidelity and vital action. On a secret ballot the name Lions was chosen over several

The Lions Emblem

At the 1919 convention, there was a move to change the symbol, but a young attorney from
Denver, Colorado rose to speak. His name was Halsted Ritter. "The name Lions stands not only
for fraternity, good fellowship, strength of character and purpose, but above all, its combination
of L-I-O-N-S heralds to the country the true meaning of citizenship: LIBERTY, INTELLIGENCE,

The January 1931 issue of THE LION Magazine featured this interpretation of the association's

Our name was not selected at random, neither was it a coined name. From time immemorial,
the lion has been the symbol of all that was good, and because of the symbolism that name
was chosen. Four outstanding qualities – Courage, Strength, Activity and Fidelity – had largely
to do with the adoption of the name. The last mentioned of these qualities, Fidelity, has a deep
and peculiar significance for all Lions. The lion symbol has been a symbol of Fidelity through
the ages and among all nations, ancient and modern. It stands for loyalty to a friend, loyalty to a
principle, loyalty to a duty, loyalty to a trust.

The emblem consists of a gold letter "L" on a circular area. Bordering this is a circular area with
two Lion profiles facing away from the center. The word "Lions" appears at the top and
"International" at the bottom. The Lions face both past and future – showing both pride of
heritage and confidence in the future.

Official Colors

Pantone Matching System (PMS) is a popular color matching system used by the printing
industry to print spot colors. Most applications that support color printing allow you to specify
colors by indicating the Pantone name or number. This assures that you get the right color
when the file is printed, even though the color may not look right when displayed on your
monitor. The following are specified Pantone colors for Lion logos:

  • One color logo: PMS 287
  • Two color logo: PMS 287 and PMS 7406
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TO EMPOWER volunteers to serve their
communities, meet humanitarian needs,
encourage peace and promote international
understanding through Lions clubs
Remembering Yesterday
Serving Today   
Planning Tomorrow
Frostburg Lions Club
P.O.Box 371
Frostburg, MD 21532
Frostburg, MD 21532
EMAIL: lionsusan@frostburglions.org

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