International Association of Lions Clubs convention panoramic photograph
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The association was considered men only for several decades, though women attended the conventions. The wives of Lions Club' members often participated in auxiliary clubs. Lioness Clubs were officially approved in 1975, with membership open to any lady over the age of 18, whether or not she was married to a Lion. The clubs were sponsored by local Lions Clubs. The first Lioness Club was formed in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. In 1987, the Lions amended their constitution to allow for women to become members, though there are still all-male clubs today. The Lioness Bridge Program ended on June 30, 2021, with women being encouraged to join the Lions with the end of the program.
Lions is an acronym for "Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety." The organization's motto is "We Serve." Today, its mission is: "To empower Lions clubs, volunteers, and partners to improve health and well-being, strengthen communities, and support those in need through humanitarian services and grants that impact lives globally, and encourage peace and international understanding."
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Lions Club International. "Making History Every Day." Accessed March 14, 2022. https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/discover-our-clubs/interactive-timeline.
Lions Club International. "On a Mission to Serve." Accessed March 14, 2022. https://www.lionsclubs.org/en/discover-our-clubs/mission-and-history.
Lions Club International, British Isles District 105CE. "About Lioness Clubs." Accessed March 14, 2022. https://www.lions105ce.org/lioness-clubs.html.
Wikipedia.org. "Lions CLubs International." Wikipedia. Accessed March 14, 2022. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lions_Clubs_International.
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