NEW DELHI, July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ —
– Lion’s Club celebrates 100th anniversary in Chicago
– Lions Clubs is present in over 210 countries with over 46000 clubs
– Another Indian after Indira Nooyi, Sunder Pichai, Satya Nadella etc. will be heading a leading global organisation; only this time in the area of Humanitarian Service
Indian-origin Dr. Naresh Aggarwal, formerly of Batala in the state of Punjab and now of Delhi, was sworn in as President of Lions Clubs International on July 4th, as Lion’s Club celebrated its 100th anniversary in Chicago.
Dr. Aggarwal, has been a Lions club member since 1974, and has held offices at the local and international level. He is only the third Indian to be named as the international president of the organization, and the first since 2006. As his first order of business, Dr. Aggarwal welcomed 537 new clubs, bringing the total number of Lions clubs around the world to nearly 48,000.
In a rousing inaugural speech, he implored Lions clubs’ members to continue their global humanitarian leadership, saying, “Only if we work together can we hope to achieve our desired result of serving 200 million people per year by 2021.”
Former United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon delivered the Lions 100th Convention’s keynote and urged Lions Club members to ‘lead by example’ in their efforts to protect human rights and to be conscious of climate change.
Lions International serves on average 96 million people per year. Statistics indicate that for every new member who joins, the organization can serve an addition 70 people – or an additional 15 million this year alone based on the membership growth. At a time when many service organizations are experiencing lower membership numbers, the growth of Lions International is unprecedented.
Lions International is a community-based organization with clubs located in 200 countries or geographic areas around the world – in both rural and urban areas – making it a natural fit for people who want to volunteer their time in service to others.
Lions are known for their work with the blind and visually impaired, hunger relief, youth services, and projects to improve the environment. And because there are clubs throughout the world, Lions are often first on the scene when natural disasters strike. Lions are always ready to take on a new challenge.
International President Aggarwal announced that Lions will now take on diabetes as a new global focus. After spending much of their centennial year assessing emerging, worldwide critical needs, Lions International selected diabetes among other top causes such as hunger, cancer and the environment. Diabetes was chosen because it is a growing epidemic across all cultures, which makes Lions’ global network of volunteers uniquely suited to help in the fight against it.
Lions clubs are developing service implementation strategies that include diabetes screenings, camps for diabetic children, support groups and community recreational facilities.
They also have ongoing partnerships with hospital’s diabetes prevention and lifestyle intervention programs, which help raise awareness about Type 2 diabetes and aim to prevent or delay onset in people at risk.
“By mobilizing our nearly 1.5 million members worldwide, and through strategic partnerships with health organizations, I know we can make a difference in the lives of people living with diabetes, and increase public awareness of this growing epidemic,” said Dr. Aggarwal.
As the newly elected president, Aggarwal will meet with Lions members, government officials, and others to advocate for community service and social responsibility around the world.
The organization was started in 1917 by Chicago business leader Melvin Jones and has since grown to include more than 47,000 clubs worldwide, with about 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries.
About Lions Club
Lions Clubs is world’s largest service club organization and is present in over 210 countries with over 47000 clubs and 1.4+ million members. It has completed 100 years on June 7th 2017 and has entered the 2nd century of service. In India, Lions have been operational since 1956 through its 227000 members operating through 6400 clubs doing humanitarian work. The organisation empowers volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding. For more details, visit http://www.lionsclubs.org