Lions Clubs International
Last week someone asked me, quite rightly, what's the difference between Lions and Rotary? I couldn't answer with any real knowledge since I have never been to a meeting so I did a google search and could not find much that compares both service organizations. So I did a little digging and found some interesting facts which I summarize in the chart that follows - and have placed in this webpage. I think this can be useful to Rotarians everywhere.
||Service above self
One profits most who serves best
||Liberty, Intelligence, Our
|Number of Clubs
|Countries and Territories
|Minimum # members in district
||Evanston Illinois USA
||Oak Brook Illinois USA
||Paul P. Harris
||not stipulated but
recommended at least twice per month.
||1 July to 30 June
||1 July to 30 June|
|Standard Club Constitution
|# Official languages
(English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish)
(Chinese, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish)
||Eradicate polio: PolioPlus
||Public (Activity) funds
||Business or community
Each member represents a Classification (vocation or profession)
|Any person of legal
majority and good moral character and good reputation in
Member at Large
|# of Members
||minimum 20 to charter
|Leos (5700 clubs in 140
Cub Program (under 12)
Lioness Lions clubs
Special Interest Clubs:
Champions Lions clubs (focus on projects that serve persons with intellectual disabilities)
Lions Quest Lions clubs (focus on projects servicing children K12)
Cyber Lions clubs (clubs meet online)
||The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
||Lions Club International
|Fellowship (for $1000 donation to the
||Paul Harris Fellowship
||Melvin Jones Fellowship
Lions in China
Regarding Lions in China, that is quite a unique situation and as best I can make out they have now 8 districts in China where each district appears to be centred around a city. The first clubs were chartered in Shenzhen and Guangdong in 2002 but in 2005 they established the China Council of Lions Clubs -- which appears to me to be quite similar to Rotary's RIBI in the UK. An arm's length organization that oversees clubs in the territory of the PRC.
Having read more about them I understand more clearly how we are different in our membership and our activities, while we are similar in many ways. Clearly in China we have taken a very different path so far but perhaps we can learn from their approach to growth in China. Or perhaps we could collaborate?
Lions IS present in Beijing (24 clubs) and Chengdu (25 clubs) but not in Shanghai.
Read more here about the differences between Rotary and Lions.