January is celebrated as Founder’s Month in the Lions family calendar, with particular focus on 13 January, the birthday of the founder, Melvin Jones.
Jones, a Chicago businessman, believed that local business clubs should expand their horizons from purely professional concerns to the betterment of their communities and the world at large, said a press release from the Lions.
The first meeting of this auspicious body took place in 1917 and grew rapidly thereafter. Among the objects adopted in those early years was that ‘No club shall hold out the financial betterment of its members as its object’. This call for unselfish service to others remains one of the association’s main tenets and is actively enforced in the Cayman Islands.
The first Lions Club formed in the Cayman Islands in 1972. Now there are three Lions Clubs, Tropical Gardens, Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac; and two Leo Clubs (the youth arm of this organization), Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac.
Commitment to sight conservation, cancer awareness, diabetes education, youth development and support of the elderly, are just some of the ways these Lions and Leos keep the torch of service burning.
During the month of January, the Lions and Leos of the Cayman Islands collectively encourage the community to adopt the guiding principle of its founder, Melvin Jones: ‘You can’t get very far until you start doing something for somebody else.’