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Nama Pensyarah: En.ZakariahAhli Kumpulan: Ng Sing Hong 881025-04-5153 Ooi Tze Zian 900227-07-5255 Wong Kiong Loong 881225-08-6881History of Lions ClubsMelvin Jones was a young Chicago insurance man in 1917 and was serving as secretary of The Business Circle, a men's luncheon group devoted to promoting the business interests of its members. Noting the growing apathy in this club, Jones asked: "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition were to be put to work helping improve their communities?"

This idea became a reality when, at his request, representatives of men's groups met in Chicago and on 7 June 1917, Lions Clubs International was officially launched. Under the leadership of Melvin Jones, who soon gave up his insurance agency to devote full time to Lionism, the organisation grew in numbers and in services. By 1927, membership stood to almost 60,000 and club strength reached 1,183. Canada and Mexico had become member nations and the organisation was truly international.

Lionism's dedication to aiding the blind grew out of a speech by Helen Keller at the 1925 International Convention when she challenged the Lions to become "Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness".

The Association continued to expand, both in numbers and in services. By the mid-50s, Lions clubs were active in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The humanitarian and community service objectives of these clubs were well known. They were not social groups and no members was allowed to advance his business interests. The prestige of Lions clubs was based on their involvement in providing assistance to the sick, the needy, and the less fortunate and their willingness to take an active role in community leadership.

Lionism in Malaysia Lionism was brought to Singapore and Malaysia by (Past International Director) Lion N.N.Pundole when he formed the first Lions Club in the (Multiple) District 308. The club was chartered as the Lions Club of Singapore, now re-chartered as Lions Club of Singapore (Host). Lionistic spirit soon spread to Peninsular Malaysia, and on 18 February 1959, witnessed the birth of the first Malaysian Lions club, the Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur (Host). Under the guidance of the late Lion Minoo Engineer, more and more clubs were created throughout the States of Malaysia. Brunei, which is part of District 308, chartered her first Lions club on 9 January 1971.

With the increase in membership and clubs, District 308 was bifurcated to 308A & 308B in 1984. In 1998, the two sub districts were further bifurcated into A1, A2, B1 & B2. The membership as of April 2003 is as follows:

District 308 A1 - 1,887 (Singapore) District 308 A2 - 1,735 (Brunei, Sabah & Sarawak) District 308 B1 - 2,210 (Kelantan, Pahang, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor & Kuala Lumpur) District 308 B2 - 1,827 (Kedah, Perlis, Penang, Perak, Selangor and Cameron Highlands)

The Lions believe in clubs meetings where good fellowship and harmony prevail; in developing projects and activities geared to the needs of their communities; in broad participation in an international programme of brotherhood and fellowship, based upon service wherever the need exists without personal reward, in service to humanity without thought to race, creed, nationality, religion or politics; in the ultimate leadership of Lionism, but not all the expense of or in conflict with the programmes of other organisations which, with different methods, seek the same goal of unselfish service to mankind.

Today, there are more that 1,400,000 Lions and the numbers of clubs exceeds 44,600. These clubs are active in 192 countries and geographical areas. Lions clubs also sponsor Lioness clubs, now numbering over 1,500 for service-minded women. Melvin Jones idea has developed into a worldwide expression of what individuals, properly motivated, can do in providing unselfish service to their communities, their nation and their fellow men.

Lions MembershipThank you for your interest in Lions Clubs International (LCI). "We Serve" in communities like yours. Following are answers to some frequently asked questions on membership to get you started. Please contact LCI or your local club for more information.

How can I become a Lions club member?

Membership is through invitation by a local Lions club. To learn more or to be considered for membership, use the District Directory to locate your local Lions club. You may want to search on the city of your home and/or business as there may be more than one club in a community and one better suited to your needs. Use District Directory to see if a local club has its own Web site to learn more. If there is not a club near you, read further on how to start a Lions club.

How can I join a Leo club?

Membership in a Leo club is open to young men and women of good character who meet local age requirements and are deemed eligible by the Leo club committee of the sponsoring Lions club. Use the Leo Directory to locate the club nearest to you to inquire about membership. If there is not a Leo club near you, use the District Directory to contact your local Lions club and inquire about starting a Leo club.

What is a Lions club?

A Lions club is a group that comes together and shares a common interest in community service, supporting the Lions motto "We Serve." There is more than one type of Lions club; and one or more may exist in your community. For example, one Lions club may meet at noon and another in the evening; or there may be a college campus club. Learn more about the different types of Lions clubs: Traditional, New Century, Campus, Club Branch and Leo.

What are the benefits of membership?

There are nearly 1.4 million men and women members of Lions clubs in 192 countries. Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service organization.

As a Lions club member you will experience:

A network of people who share common interests and a commitment to service, making an impact on your local community . Pride in commitment to demonstrate Lions' motto, "We Serve". Personal growth & leadership opportunities through mentoring and training programs. Fellowship with worldwide members at International Convention & exchange programs. Extension of local efforts through Lions Club's International Foundation helping others around the world.How can I start a Lions club?

Is there a need in your community that is not being met? Consider forming a Lions club to bring together community service-minded individuals in an area where there is no Lions club or where an additional club would further Lions service.

Think beyond municipalities when assessing a community for a new club and consider business parks, corporations, college campuses, medical complexes and shopping areas.

In areas where it is difficult to meet the 20-member minimum to charter a new club, consider starting a club branch. A club branch allows individuals to broaden the reach of a parent club while meeting at its own time and location, serving its own community.

About LionsAbout Lions Since 1917, Lions clubs have offered people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as cleaning up an area park or as far-reaching as bringing sight to the world's blind, Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community.

Today with more than 45,000 clubs in 199 countries and geographical areas, Lions have expanded their focus to help meet the ever-increasing needs of our global community.

Our programs are continually changing to meet new needs and greater demands, but our mission has never wavered: "We Serve."

We Serve - Nearly 1.4 million Lions members in 193 countries and geographic areas answer the needs that challenge the communities of the world. Lions tackle tough problems like blindness, drug abuse prevention and diabetes awareness.

Global neighbours - Lions members - men and women - provide immediate and sustained relief in time of disaster and offer long-term assistance to those in need. Lions collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries and treat millions of people to prevent river blindness.

Community Leaders - Lions improve the quality of life in their local communities by building parks, supporting hospitals and establishing water treatment programs.

For 87 years, whenever there is a need at home or around the world, Lions members are there to help - We Serve

Lions Membership Hiistory of Lions Clubs The Emblem Mission, Purposes & Ethics

Service to Others

Worldwide, Lions clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired. This service began when Helen Keller challenged Lions to become "knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness" during the 1925 Lions Clubs International Convention.

Today, Lions extend their commitment to sight conservation through countless local efforts, as well as through their international SightFirst Program and Lions World Sight Day, a global partnership of United Nations agencies, eye care and philanthropic organizations and health professionals, held the second Thursday of each October to increase awareness of the need to eradicate blindness. Lions also collect and recycle eyeglasses for distribution in developing countries year-round and especially during May, which is Lions Recycle for Sight Month.

In addition, Lions make a strong commitment to young people through youth outreach programs. Lions also work to improve the environment, build homes for the disabled, support diabetes education, conduc

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