Welcome to Mana Lions
Lions International was founded in Chicago USA in 1917, by a young American Insurance agent named Melvin Jones. Among the objectives adopted in those early years was one that read..."No club shall hold out the financial betterment of it's members as it's object”. This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the associations main tenets. Just three years after its formation, the association became International, when the first club in Canada was established in 1920. In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions International convention in Ohio. She challenged Lions to become “Knights of the Blind in the crusade against darkness”. From this time Lions have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired, launching “Sight First” in 1990, a $US215 million programme striving to rid the world of preventable and reversible blindness by supporting desparately needed health care services. Today there are more than 45,000 clubs in over 200 countries with a membership exceeding 1.4million, making Lions the largest service organisation in the world.
The first Lions club in New Zealand was formed, in Auckland, in 1955. Today there are about 450 clubs in 7 districts with over 10,000 members. Click on the link "About Us" above for a history of the Mana Lions Club.
Mana Lions raises funds for local and regional charities. In the pictures above cheques are being presented to the Mary Potter Hospice (left) and Wellington Free Ambulance (right).
Become a Mana Lion
If you are interested in becoming a Mana Lion, click HERE for more information.