Although membership is by invitation, most clubs welcome community minded people. Membership is open to men and women of legal majority and good reputation.
The majority of Lions Club include male and female and the main criteria to become a Lion is to follow Lions Clubs International “Purposes & Ethics” (see below) also a willingness to “help others – less fortunate” .
Within our organisation there are also Leo Clubs for 12 to 30 years though many Lions Clubs have members from 18 years and upwards.
While each Lions Club gives priority to the needs of its local community the association is truly international with no religious or political affiliations of any description.
How do I become a Lion …?
Since membership is by invitation only, it necessitates getting to know a Lion or a Lions Club. Any Lions Club will be happy to have you attend a meeting and begin what we hope will be a long association with Lions. After a few meetings, all the questions you may have regarding membership should be answered to your satisfaction. You will then be asked to submit an application to the club of your choice and following acceptance by its Board Of Directors be inducted into Lionism.
Each new Lion member has a Sponsor whose duties include the support of a new Lion and help show by example how to be a good and active Lion.
If you would like to become a member of Bridlington Lions make it known to a member of the club and they will invite you to a meeting so that you can see what goes on. After a few weeks you will be asked if you would like to become a full member.
Lions 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 main or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubts 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 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, as 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.
Lions International Purposes
- To Organise, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions Clubs.
- To Co-ordinate 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 principle 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 endeavours.