The members of Bexhill Lions Club are known for their fundraising activities, which enable them to help local individuals and good causes. The club is part of an International Organisation which has very strong links with the United Nations. Lions Clubs International(LCI) will commemorate this long-standing relationship with the United Nations on 24th October.

In February 1945, Melvin Jones (who founded Lions in 1917) gathered with leaders of other national groups to meet with US Officials to discuss forming a United Nations – a world body for preserving peace. In the following April, Lions headquarters asked clubs to hold a United Nations week to show support for the initiative.

Melvin Jones together with Lions’ International President and future International President were invited to help formulate the non-governmental organisation (NGO) section of the charter and participated in developing the UN’s humanitarian mission. On June 26, 1945, the U.N. charter was signed by the representatives of 50 countries.

Two years later in 1947, in recognition of the importance of Lions Clubs to its mission, the United Nations gave Lions permanent consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council, committed to the welfare of people worldwide. The co-operation between both parties has led to positive results on many different levels and in different spheres, especially in developing countries and with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

On 24 October each year, the United Nations celebrates its own “birthday”, which took place when The UN Charter was finally officially and fully ratified on 24 October, 1945

One way Lions demonstrate support for world peace, is the Peace Poster Competition.For over three decades, Lions clubs around the world have been sponsoring a very special art contest in schools and youth groups. Creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. Here in Bexhill, Senior and Primary schools take part.

For more information on Bexhill Lions call the Club Secretary on 0345 833 9591.