LIONS INTERNATIONAL HISTORY
Lions began in the United States in 1917 when a group of independent clubs responded to an idea presented to them by a young Chicago insurance agent, Melvin Jones.
He believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large. This association became international with the formation of the Windsor, Ontario, Canada Lions Club in 1920. From that time on clubs were formed worldwide.
At the first annual convention as the constitution and by-laws were adopted the colours of purple and gold were approved. To Lions purple stands for loyalty to country, friends, one's self and the integrity of mind and heart. It is the traditional colour of strength, courage and tireless dedication to a cause. Gold symbolises sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgment, purity in life and generosity in mind, heart and purse towards those in need.
Symbolically the images of lions face past and future - proud of the past and confident of the future.
THE GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY LIONS CLUB was formed in 2002. We have been involved in projects such as a School Breakfast Club, provided funding for walking aids for children with cerebral palsy, sponsored a vessel for the Sailability project, funded Griffith University scholarships and disadvantaged students, distributed Christmas hampers to local families in need, fundraised for the Lions Medical Research Foundation and participated in other Lions projects such as the Peace Poster and Youth of the Year.
This is all done in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. You too could be enjoying the thrill of giving and working in your local community.