ABOUT THE NORFOLK LIONS CLUB
Lions Clubs International (LCI) was founded in 1917 and is the world largest service club organization with 1.4 million members in 48,000 clubs in 210 countries and geographical areas. Lions clubs are recognized for their service to the blind and visually impaired, and efforts towards diabetes awareness.
The Norfolk Lions Club was started in 1921 and is the oldest and largest civic organization in Norfolk and is part of LCI’s growing service community. With approximately 85 members in all occupations, our club comes together and shares a common interest in community service, supporting the Lions motto “We Serve.”
We raise funds by means of fundraisers and raffles including our annual Pancake Feed Fundraiser, Golf Tournament, and Football (NU) Ticket Raffle to name a few. We sponsor many local events including the annual youth fishing derby, Lions Parade and big wheel races while, for some events, providing service kiosks for hearing and vision testing.
We currently meet at the VFW #1644, 316 W. Braasch Ave in Norfolk, NE, at 6:00 PM on the first four Wednesday’s of each month. A very special home-cooked-style meal is prepared by First Choice Catering and Party Rental and available self-serve at each meeting, billed monthly. Drinks including water, soda, and alcohol beverages (bottled and mixed), are also available. With mealtime at 6:30 PM, our business meeting starts promptly at the ring of the bell at 7:00 PM and are typically done around 8:00 PM.
Lions Clubs’ Objectives
- 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 stands in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors.
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.
- TO RESOLVE doubts against myself whenever a doubt arises as to the right or ethics of my position or action towards others.
- 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.
- TO GIVE, freely of my time, labor, and means, my unswerving loyalty in word, act, and deed while bearing in mind my obligation as a citizen to my nation, my state, and my community.
- TO AID others by giving my sympathy to those in distress, my aid to the weak, and my substance to the needy.
- TO EXHIBIT CAUTION with my criticism and liberal with my praise.
- TO BUILD UP and not destroy.