New Member Induction Ceremony
Lions Clubs International® was founded by Melvin Jones in June of 1917 in Chicago IL when 27 business clubs united together for community service. Lionism has grown to over 1.4 million members serving mankind in nearly 192 countries and geographic areas.
In 1927 Helen Keller challenged the Lions to be “Knights of the Blind”. We accepted that challenge and many more such as drug awareness, diabetes education, and aid to the hearing impaired. Your club has continued this tradition and, as you will find, is dedicated to community service.
Having indicated a desire to join our fellowship, having completed the formalities of applying, and having been duly approved by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, you stand before us prepared for induction into the (name) Lions Club and thereby into the wider world of International Lionism.
There are no secrets in Lionism, our symbols, goals, and purpose are out in the open for all to see. Our name is symbolized in the noblest of beasts and states our concern for Liberty, Intelligence and Our Nations Safety.
Please take a look at our Club Banner. In the center, you see a large “L”. To us, the “L” stands for law, labor, liberty, loyalty, love, life, and most importantly to us, Lions. You see the unbroken band of gold around the “L”. This represents to us the unity of each member, and club with Lions Clubs International and with Lions all over the world.
You’ll see that this lies on a field of purple – purple being the traditional color of strength, courage, and a tireless devotion to a cause.
Around the exterior of the gold band, you see the heads of two Lions – one head looks back on our past accomplishments, reflecting, but not dwelling on them – the other looks forward to the future of Lionism, a future which you have indicated you wish to be a part of-a future that we’re ready to seize and face the challenges of service that lay ahead of us.
The motto of Lions is “We Serve”. Two short, simple words that say it all. And, “Serve” we do. Internationally, through our well known and highly visible efforts to aiding those with visual impairments, on the State and District levels through Massachusetts Lions Eye Research and other charities, and locally through countless numbers of projects, large and small, which benefit our communities and help those less fortunate than ourselves. We serve as individuals, and as Lions, and most often, quietly and without fanfare, each day, evincing those qualities which makes us Lions – honesty, integrity, and concern for people, our community, and the world around us.
As you are welcomed to the (name) Lions Club you will see people from all walks of life, all vocations and avocations, and from all ends of the economic spectrum. We bring together, a vast wealth of talent, skills, and enthusiasm which we channel into various paths, all leading to the same end, Community Service.
There are no barriers in Lionism, no levels, we are all equals. This is best symbolized by our Lions Toast, “Not above you, not beneath you, but with you”.
Now, I will ask you to repeat after me:
In the presence of the (name) Lions Club, I hereby accept membership into the International Association of Lions Clubs, and the (name) Lions Club.
I understand that such membership obligates me, to help in the fundraising and community service projects of the (name) Club to the best of my ability.
I will to the best of my ability, abide by the Lions Code of Ethics, the Constitution & By Laws of Lions Clubs International and the (name) Lions Club.
To the best of my ability I will attend meetings regularly, accept such assignments that might be given to me, and contribute my time, support, and efforts to the programs of the (name) Lions Club, the District, and Lions Clubs International.
I now declare you duly inducted into the (name) Lions Club.
Having accepted the challenges of membership, let me be the first to welcome you to the (name) Lions Club. Congratulations.