To create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for
humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community
involvement and international cooperation.
International is the largest service organization in the world. The
primary focus of Lions is the eradication of preventable blindness
throughout the world. Projects have included eye clinics, cataract
removal opportunities, and now the pre-school vision screening program.
On a local level, the Lions have a presence at the Wilmer Eye Institute
at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, with the Lions Low
The Francis Scott Key Lions Club is one of the local Lions Clubs which
has as its signature activity the pre-school vision screening program
for children aged 3 to 5 years. Through the use of a Welch Allyn Sure
Sight device, the power of the eye is measured, possible astigmatism is
determined, and the mean spherical power between the two eyes is
reviewed. We then conduct a test to determine if the child's eyes are
focusing properly. All of these tests are free and are done at daycare
CREATE and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of
the principles of good government and good citizenship.
an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare
of the community.
the clubs in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding.
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.
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.
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.
a doubt arises as to the right 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.
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.