The Lions of Wisconsin are comprised of 557 individual clubs with a combined
membership of 19,510 Lions. Wisconsin is one multiple district of Lions Clubs
International, which has 45,757 clubs in 206 countries or geographical areas. There
are 1.35 million Lions worldwide.
Who Are Lions?
Lions meet the needs of local communities and the world. The 1.35 million members
of our volunteer organization in 206 countries and geographic areas are different in
many ways, but share a core belief – community is what we make it.
Whenever a Lions club gets together, problems get smaller. And communities get
better. That's because we help where help is needed – in our own communities and
around the world – with unmatched integrity and energy.
In 1917, Melvin Jones, a Chicago business leader, told members of his local
business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the
betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of
After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting
was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The new group took the name of
one of the invited groups, the "Association of Lions Clubs," and a national convention
was held in Dallas, Texas, USA in October of that year. A constitution, by-laws,
objects and a code of ethics were approved.
Within three years, Lions became an international organization. Since then, we've
earned high marks for both integrity and transparency. We're a well-run organization
with a steady vision, a clear mission, and a long – and proud – history.
Franklin Lions: Was established 10/1/1957. We currently have 37 members. The club
has added 9 new members since April 2009. For the fiscal year 2013/2014
memebers of the franklin Lions club have logged over 1500 service hours.
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