LIONS Clubs International, a service membership organization of over 1.6 million members worldwide, was founded in the United States on June 7, 1917, by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Jones' personal code, "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else," reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.
The LIONS motto is "We Serve." Local LIONS Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and many other programs. The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden. The LIONS acronym also stands for Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nations' Safety.
As part of the worldwide organization, our LIONS Club in Lutherstadt Wittenberg will also celebrate the 100th anniversary in 2017. The LIONS Club will commemorate the anniversary with two special permanent structures to demonstrate its dedication, support and social responsibility to the people and visitors of Lutherstadt Wittenberg.
As of October 29, 2016 (photo right) the LIONS Club Lutherstadt Wittenberg has dedicated a glass door to the Cranach house entrance. The Cranach House is recognized as a cultural monument and is divided into four areas including the Cranach courtyard where events are held. The glass door serves as an entrance and protection during the cold season while the external doors can remain open to the entering visitors.
The second installation is a monument that commemorates bravery and moral courage in Lutherhof. This two meter high and three meter wide installation will be inaugurated on March 5, 2017 and is a contribution from the LIONS Club Lutherstadt Wittenberg and other LIONS Clubs across Germany. Taking a closer look at the monument, one can view an outline of tools and equipment chiselled into the 2.5 cm thick steel plate. A sword and a hammer on a 1:1 scale can also be seen. The photo on the left depicts the location of this monument in Lutherhof.
In celebration of the LIONS Club 100th and the Reformation 500th year anniversaries, the LIONS Club Lutherstadt Wittenberg demonstrates a distinct sign of dedication, courageous civil action, the commitment to the freedom of thought and for a peaceful understanding amongst peoples.