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 International President Lion Guðrún Yngvadóttir (Iceland)

District Governor Lion David Wilson (Filey)

R to L – Our new District Governor Lion David Wilson and his wife Christine with Lions Clubs International’s first lady International President Lion Guðrún Yngvadóttir from Iceland and her husband Jon – photographed at the International Convention in Las Vegas July 2018.

Find out more about our First Lady International President Lion Guðrún Yngvadóttir and the work of Lions around the world.

“Thetta Reddast” – everything will work out!

History was made in Las Vegas with the swearing in of not only the 1st International President from Iceland but also International President Gudrun Yngvadottir being the 1st female International President our organisation has had in its 101 year history. She attended our District Convention in 2015 at Scotch Corner where some of you may have met her and heard her speak. She is a very inspiring speaker.

I will share her thoughts with you over the coming months but to start with I give you a quotation from her Inaugural speech whilst we were in school. “There is always an obstacle. Lions change obstacles into opportunities” – please give this some serious thought and action.

Whilst at the International Convention Lion Gudrun taught us all a special Icelandic phrase “Thetta reddast” which means that everything will work out, somehow, no matter how large a problem may be, through hard work, trust and community. Please also give this phrase some serious thought.

Learn more about the 101st International President of Lions Clubs International and how her home country, Iceland, has helped shape her creativity and dedication to service.

Lions serve the needs of their local communities and those in need further afield. Since our formation in Chicago in 1917 we have grown to 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs who perform community service in 210 countries. Our communities are different in many ways, but we share a core belief


You’ll find Lions Clubs throughout the British Isles and Ireland – we have some 17,000 active members belonging to 900 local clubs. Every Lions Club supports a range of projects in its local community – including health and youth initiatives – where you can get involved. Every year, in Europe alone, Lions Clubs’ members volunteer around 6 million hours of service and raise £88 million to support the needs of local communities.

Club members are ordinary folk who are prepared to spend a little bit of their time helping others and having a bit of fun in the process. They give their time to run events that raise money to help those less fortunate than themselves whilst enjoying fun and fellowship. They meet regularly to plan their fund raising and social events and to agree which of the many requests for help they receive are most worthy of support from the limited funds they have available.

Be A Lion

People become Lions for many and varied reasons. For some it is the wish to put something back in to the community, for others it’s the desire to make a difference. Whatever your motivation for wanting to join Lions we would love to hear from you. There is no minimum time commitment required from members, but we all try our best to work our commitment to Lions around the demands of our family and work lives. Take a few minutes to read about all the projects we get involved with in the district and have a look for your local club who will be only too pleased to welcome you if you’d like to visit.


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if you’d like to talk about joining a Lions Club

Lions around the world are united by a great spirit of giving and dedication to helping others. As the official charitable organization of Lions Clubs International, a leading humanitarian organization, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) supports Lions’ compassionate works by providing grant funding for their local and global humanitarian efforts.

We help Lions serve

LCIF helps Lions improve peoples’ lives around the world, from combating vision problems to responding to major catastrophes to providing valuable life skills to youth. Because LCIF helps Lions carry out large-scale projects through our grant programs, Lions increase their impact in their local and global communities and serve even more people in need around the world.

Our funds come from individuals

Donations from 1.4+ million Lions in 210 countries and geographic areas provide the vast majority of the revenue received by LCIF, making the Foundation a leading humanitarian organization. Lions know their donations matter and that funds entrusted to LCIF will support initiatives that impact communities and change lives.

We form lasting and successful partnerships

LCIF leverages the donations we receive through effective partnerships with other foundations, corporations and governments on the local, national and international level. We are proud that LCIF was named the #1 non-governmental organization worldwide with which to partner, according to a 2007 Financial Times independent survey.

We have key areas of service

To support Lions’ mission of serving communities and meeting humanitarian needs, LCIF provides grants in these focus areas:

We make an impact

LCIF and Lions reach millions of people and accomplish visible results. Some of our accomplishments include:

  • Preventing serious vision loss for more than 30 million people
  • Providing over 153.3 million treatments for river blindness
  • Engaging more than 13 million students and 600,000 educators in 90 countries in the youth development program Lions Quest
  • Building or expanding 615 eye hospitals/clinics/wards
  • Conducting more than 19 million vision screenings for children through Sight for Kids
  • Providing vision screening for more than 350,000 Special Olympics athletes from 85 countries through Opening Eyes

Our impact last year

In fiscal year 2015-2016, we had a great impact in lives around the world through 453 grants totaling more than US$45.2 million. Some of our accomplishments included:

  • 500,000 people helped through US$9,480,060 in disaster related grants
  • 3,994,860 people helped through US$13,874,392 in humanitarian grants
  • 19 countries expanded Lions Quest through US$1,437,287 in Core 4 grants
  • US$7,965,350 in grants supported the vaccination of millions of children against measles and rubella
  • US$12,994,255 in SightFirst grants provided eye care services to more than 22 million people, improved 51 eye care facilities and trained 23,643 eye care professionals

A billion dollars’ impact

Since its founding in 1968, LCIF has awarded more than 13,000 grants totaling over US$1 billion. LCIF will continue to work every day to support humanitarian service projects all over the world and give hope to those who need it.

A Billion Dollars’ Impact

Read more about our efforts in our Annual Report, and find out more about our mission. You can also read the dispute resolution guide online.


District Convention 2018

Convention in 2018 took place in Northallerton from 16th to 18th November at The Golden Lion Hotel. For the full story of this the final 105NE Convention follow this link

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International President Guðrún
It’s just what Lions do!

Celebrating 100 years of helping the community 👏🎉

Posted by BBC Radio York on Saturday, 21 October 2017
British Isles & International