Lions Clubs International (LCI) is a secular, non-political service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. As of May 2013, it had over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.35 million members in over 200 countries around the world
The Lions motto is "We Serve." Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation*, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs
In the Central Valley we have two great chapters which are LGBT geared; Fresno Pride Lions and Visalia Pride Lions!
*(Quick personal note from one of your GCV Board members... Hi everyone, this is Kaylia. I just want to add here that the Lions Clubs helped my single mother pay for my eye operations and glasses when I was a baby... thanks to them, I have the sight I have today and didn't go blind by age three. So, yeah.. a whole lot of love to the Lions Club!)