Vintage Women's Lions Club International Bow Pin
This double bow pin is perfect for your Lion's Club meetings and outings. Gold tone with dark blue enamel to the center of the organization double lion head logo. The words "Lions" and "International", are stamped on the top and bottom of center shield. There is NO loss of enamel or gold tone color. There are minor scratches from age and use (please view photos.) The lock and pin are in perfect working order. Would work perfectly on a sweater, hat, bag or collar. Would make a great gift for that new member to your chapter. All the way from Wyoming in hopes of finding a new home.
* Gold Tone (NOT solid gold)
* Blue Enamel
* No Maker's Mark
* Measures approx. 2 1/2" inches long x 1 1/4" inches tall
* 8.76 grams
* c. 1980's
In 1987, Lions Clubs International voted to allow women to join the Lions family. And join they did. Today, women are the fastest growing segment of Lions, with more than 425,000 women serving around the world.
International was founded in Evansville, Indiana on 24 October 1916 by William Perry Woods and subsequently evolved as an international service organization under the guidance and supervision of its secretary, Melvin Jones.
In 1917, Jones was a 38-year-old Chicago business leader who told members of his local business club they should reach beyond business issues and address the betterment of their communities and the world. Jones' group, the Business Circle of Chicago, agreed. After contacting similar groups around the United States, an organizational meeting was held on June 7, 1917, in Chicago. The Business Circle subsequently joined one of the invited groups, the "International Association of Lions Clubs" and at a national convention held in Dallas, Texas, later that year, those who were assembled: adopted a Constitution, By-Laws, Code of Ethics and an Emblem; established as a main tenet "unselfish service to others", unanimously elected Woods as its first president, effectively securing his leadership for the first two years of the existence of the International Association of Lions, and selected Jones to serve as the organization's secretary-treasurer.
The Lions motto is "We Serve". Local Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs. The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden. The LIONS acronym also stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety.
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