In 1917 the International Association of Lions Clubs began as the dream of Chicago business leader Melvin Jones. To date the Lions Club International has grown to include nearly 1.35 million men and women that make up 46,000 clubs in 194 countries and geographic areas. The Fraser Lions club has been in existence since 1946 and has approximately 40 active members. In 1925 Helen Keller addressed the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, USA. She challenged Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” From this time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired. Blindness is the major focus of the Fraser Lions fund raising efforts donating to Leader Dogs for the Blind www.leaderdog.com, Michigan Eye Bank and Penrickton Center among many other worthy charities. In 1954 the official motto "We Serve" was adopted.
The Lions Code of Ethics
TO SHOW my faith in the worthiness of my vocation by industrious application to the end that I may merit a reputation for quality of service.
TO SEEK success and to demand all fair remuneration or profit as my just due, but to accept no profit or success at the price of my own self-respect lost because of unfair advantage taken or because of questionable acts on my part.
TO REMEMBER that in building up my business it is not necessary to tear down another’s: to be loyal to my clients or customers and true to myself.
WHENEVER a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
TO HOLD friendship as an end and not a means. To hold that true friendship exists not on account of the service performed by one to another, but that true friendship demands nothing but accepts service in the spirit in which it is given.
ALWAYS to bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in word, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labor and means.
TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
TO BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build and not destroy.