About us

MISSION

The mission of Lions Club International is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through local Lions Club chapters. 

PURPOSE

  • To Organize, charter and supervise service clubs to be known as Lions clubs. 

  • To Coordinate 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 principles 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 endeavors.

 

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 right or ethics of my position or action towards others, to resolve such doubt 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 to 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, and 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.

HISTORY

Lions Club International was founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones when he asked a simple, world-changing question – "What if people put their talents to work improving their communities?" Almost 100 years later, Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs.

The Oyster Bay Lions Club was founded in 1948 and encompasses the towns and villages in northwest Nassau County including: Oyster Bay, Locust Valley, East Norwich, Mill Neck, Bayville, Cove Neck, Centre Island, Brookville, and the surrounding areas.

EVENTS

Below is a list of events that we participate in or host as fundraisers. Events marked with an asterisk (*) are fundraisers that require a ticket to attend. Please visit our Events Page for ticket registration information.

  • Spring Benefit* - Annual fundraising event taking place in the spring featuring a silent auction.

  • Fishing Tournament - The Oyster Bay Lions Club hosts a fishing tournament every September for the physically challenged at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.

  • Oyster Fest - Every October, the Oyster Bay Rotary Club hosts the East Coast's largest waterfront festival. At Oyster Fest, the Oyster Bay Lions Club sells corn, pierogies, and kielbasa at our food stand near the sports fields at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.

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