Lions Club & Our Mission
The International Association of Lions Clubs is the world’s largest service club organization. It is comprised of over 1,300,000 members in 45000 Clubs in 170 countries in the world.
It all began as the dream of Chicago businessman Melvin Jones in 1917, who believed that business clubs throughout the country should expand their horizons from purely concerns of commerce to the betterment of their communities and the world at large.
When in 1925, Helen Keller asked the Lions to take up the cause of the visually impaired by becoming “Knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness” they quickly accepted the challenge.
Recently the decades-long endeavor has resulted in launching the $250 million Campaign Sight First program dedicated to conquering preventable and reversible blindness throughout the world.
Although the organization is most widely known for its sight related programs, Lions are involved in diverse projects throughout their communities. For example, one of the many areas of dedication is our emphasis on youth programs.
Lions Quest (Drug Awareness Curriculum)
Students in our schools learning to handle peer pressure and face the challenges of adolescence.
Camp Dat So La Lee (A Lions District Project)
We sponsor Fourth grade students from financially underprivileged families to attend a summer camp high in the beautiful Ruby Mountains near Elko.
Adopt a Senior program and Senior Meals Sponsor
We are a Sponsor and Contributor to the annual Seniors Spaghetti Feed, Bingo and Auction.
Lions Clubs truly make a tremendous difference in the quality of life in our community and society.
Lions Clubs International Purpose
- To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs.
- To Coordinate the activities and standardize the administration of Lions clubs.
- To Create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
- To Promote the principles of good government and good citizenship.
- To Take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
- To Unite the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
- To Provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members.
- To Encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
Lions Clubs 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 up and not destroy.
Our Membership Profile
The Truckee Lions Club was chartered in October of 1932 and was sponsored by the Reno Host Lions Club. Over the past few years our membership has declined considerably as many members have moved away and we have neglected our recruiting effort. We are now actively pursuing new candidates for membership. We accept both men and women.
New members bring with them new energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas for fundraisers and how to direct those funds.
The Truckee Host Lions Club has been around for 83 years and we are still going strong! To get an idea of some of our history read the 2008 Sierra Sun interview with Bob Paoletti.