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International Lions Logo

The current Lions Logo is one of the most widely recognized and respected in the world.  It was adopted at the 1919 convention and consists of a gold letter "L" on a circular purple-blue field.  Bordering this is a circular gold area with two lion profiles facing away from the center, symbolizing our glorious past and promising future.  The word "Lions" appears at the top, and "International" at the bottom.  It is a registered trademark in most countries.

The royal colors of purple and gold were selected as the official colors when the association was first organized in 1917.  Purple stands for loyalty and for integrity of mind and heart.  Gold symbolizes sincerity of purpose, liberality in judgement, purity in life, and generosity in mind, heart and purse to those in need.

Vernon Lions Club Emblem

The Vernon Lions Club emblem adds summer and winter activities and scenery of the beautiful Okanagan Valley as a background to the Lions Logo.  Surrounding this is the widespread spring-blooming wildflower commonly called the sunflower or arrow-leafed balsamroot.


In addition to these identifiers, most Lions Clubs have adopted the wearing of vests and/or shirts which may be embroidered with the name of their club, and which usually claim a color scheme unique to that club.  The Vernon clubs colors are gold and blue, much like the international logo.  Look for us around town in our bright gold shirts.

Lions Clubs International Purpose

1. TO CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world.
2. TO PROMOTE the principles of good government and good citizenship
3. TO TAKE an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.
4. TO UNITE the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
5. 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
6. 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 endeavor
Lions Ethics
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. WHENEVER a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
5. TO HOLD friendship as an end and not as 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.
6. ALWAYS bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in work, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labour and means.
7. TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
8. TO BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.

Lions Ethics

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. WHENEVER a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt against myself.
5. TO HOLD friendship as an end and not as 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.
6. ALWAYS bear in mind my obligations as a citizen to my nation, my state and my community, and to give them my unswerving loyalty in work, act and deed. To give them freely of my time, labour and means.
7. TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
8. TO BE CAREFUL with my criticism and liberal with my praise; to build up and not destroy.

Lions Causes

As you browse this website, Lions around the world are donating millions of dollars to local community causes, and millions of hours of hands-on service. Internationally, Lions are dedicating themselves to eradicating preventable blindness, financing vocational training to help the underprivileged and disabled gain economic independence, and sponsoring drug awareness and education programs for youth. Lions International is one of the first organizations to come forward donations and aid to victims natural disasters.

One of our major international service commitments is SightFirst: Lions Conquering Blindness. Building upon the Lions long-standing tradition of aiding the blind and visually impaired, SightFirst was established in 1990. It is an aggressive global blindness prevention initiative. The program joins leading blindness prevention experts and organizations, governments and Lion volunteers in an effort to establish long-term solutions in eliminating preventable and reversible blindness. Worldwide, SightFirst projects are developed to fill the gaps between what is being done and what needs to be done by targeting the leading causes of blindness affecting large regional populations.

Another continuing major international activity of the association is youth programs that provide young people of the world with opportunities for achievement, learning, contribution and service, individually and collectively, through sponsorship of activities identified as best practices in the field of youth development. These programs include:

Leo Club Program,
Lions International Peace Poster Contest
Lions International Youth Camp Program
Lions International Youth Exchange Program and Lions Quest.

Other major service activities of Lions Clubs International include:

Hearing and speech action and work with the deaf
Cultural and environmental services
Diabetes programs
International relations

Our Multiple District 19 also sponsors a CARE Project which runs for 2 years.

We recently raised funds for Guatemala where exposure to contaminated drinking water and poor sanitation promotes the spread of diseases.

The current project is Education Opportunities for Girls in the Cincha and Huaytara provinces of Peru. The goal is to raise $80,000 over two years. Give customers a reason to do business with you.

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