Lions Clubs International officially launched their Centennial celebration July 8th, 2014 at the International Convention in Toronto While acknowledging the past history of a century of service by the largest organization of as kind in the world, the Lion are taking steps to enter the second hundred years by celebrating and embarking upon an unprecedented goal of excellence
The CentenniaI Celebration was highlighted around the CentenniaI Service Challenge The service challenge was an ambitious call to action for Lions around the world to serve 100 million people from July 2014 until June 30th, 2018. Our centennial celebration focused on three main points:
Honoring Our Past
Highlighting Our Present
Planning For Our Future
The Lions have a vibrant past, built around founder Melvin Jones' famous quote, "you cant get very far until you start doing something for somebody else". It was upon that principle that our motto "We Serve" emerged and the rest, as they say, is history. Our organization has grown from humble beginnings and continued to grow and evolve to meet the needs of communities around the worId. Today, we are the world's largest service club organization, perhaps even surpassing the vision of our founder With Melvin Jones 'vision in mind, our Centennial celebration slogan was "Where There's a Need, There's a Lion" This is as true today as it was in 1917.
Back in 1917, the very first Lions Convention was held in Dallas, Texas. In 2017, Texas Lions, and many outside the state, gathered in Dallas again for a memorable look at our Past, highlighting the Present and setting our sights on higher goals.
The Centennial celebration was designed to engage every Lions member, every Lions club, in every country and geographic arm.