Dear Lions,


Service to others defines who we are. It is the very reason we exist as a global organization. A Lions club brings people together. And when people come together, great things become possible. Friendships form, leaders emerge, communities are made and plans are drawn. But it all comes down to one thing—service. Our single-minded purpose as Lions is—and always has been—to provide service to those in need.

My focus this year will be on our motto, “We Serve.” It is a powerful expression. “We” symbolizes the power of our 1.4 million Lions members, and “Serve” expresses our clear, decisive action to meet the most urgent needs around the world. If each of you serves at least ten people a month, we will easily achieve our goal of serving 200 million people each year, which is triple our current service output!

With a new global service framework that includes the addition of diabetes, new technological innovations underway, a visionary global strategy through LCI Forward, and a brand new century ahead of us, the future is ours and the future is now. Join me in committing to serve 200 million lives annually in our new century of service.

I have always believed that it is important to leave the world better than we found it, a better place for our children and for theirs. We can—and we will—help make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. Each and every one of you can have a profound and lasting impact. That’s the Power of We.

Best wishes for a successful All Africa Conference!


International President

PID Robert “Bob” E. Corlew

Dear Lions,

Congratulations on your twenty third All Africa Conference 2018. Your compassion and dedication for helping those in need serve as an example to fellow Lions.

You have long been dedicated to growing our Lions Clubs International Foundation. You uphold the Lions’ motto, “We serve,” with many admirable service projects. By serving with Lions Clubs International, you are making a positive difference both in your community and around the world.

Through the service of Lions and financial support from donors like you, more than 16 million children are learning positive life skills through Lions Quest; more than 30 million people have had their sight saved through SightFirst; millions have received assistance following disasters through relief efforts; and children are receiving life-saving measles and rubella vaccinations.

We are continuing our efforts to meet our measles fundraising goal of US$30 million by the end of 2017, our centennial celebration. If we meet this goal working alongside our partners at Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, our contributions will be matched by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, allowing us to provide US$60 million for vaccinations. Imagine all of the children that we can help by working together.

Lions Clubs International Foundation and Lions impact the lives of those in need throughout the world. Your support, along with support from thousands of others, makes this service possible.

Thank you for your service and dedication to Lions Clubs International and LCIF.


Chancellor Bob Corlew
Chairman, Lions Clubs International Foundation



To the Lions of Africa:

The 23rd All African Conference promises to be a remarkable gathering. The theme is perfectly emblematic of African Lions: We Serve Better Together. For decades African Lions have distinguished themselves for their spirit of fellowship and camaraderie. The conference is a huge opportunity to further this wonderful service harmony.

Good things happen when Lions get together. That was true when our founder Melvin Jones first brought together service-oriented businessmen in Chicago in 1917 and it remains true today. The conference will present opportunities to renew friendships and create new ones but, more significantly, it will allow you to further your many service activities.

Remember the words of Helen Keller: “When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.” We Lions transform lives, communities and the global village.

I strongly encourage you to fully participate in the conference. It will greatly enhance your efforts to serve humanity. You will be better prepared and motivated to successfully meet the challenges before you and fulfill our glorious mission of service.

Warmest regards,

Gudrun B. Yngvadottir
First Vice President

PID Jung-Yul Choi

To the Attendees of the All Africa Conference:

I want to extend my warmest greetings as you gather together for this important conference. I am confident your attendance at the conference will increase your zeal for service.

I am sure you agree with me that service is the rent each of us pays for living. Melvin Jones, our founder, once said, “You cannot go very far until you have done something for somebody else.” We Lions have lived in a world of service for 100 years. But our work is not done. Children are hungry. People are needlessly blind. Victims of disasters need shelter and clothing.

I strongly believe in the ability and desire of Lions of Africa to take their service to an even higher level. Enjoy the fellowship of Lions at the meeting and also resolve to return to your homes more determined than ever to serve.

Warmest regards,

Jung-Yul Choi
Second Vice President

PID Haynes Townsend

To the Lions at the All Africa Conference:

I want to extend my warmest greetings as you gather together for the incredible All Africa Conference. I am sure your attendance at the forum will strengthen your bonds with Lions and Lionism and increase your zeal for service.

One of the great privileges of serving as an international officer is the opportunity to travel the world and meet people from many nations and backgrounds. It’s been said that people are the same everywhere. I can tell you that’s true. People want comfort, security and happiness for their families. It’s also true that Lions everywhere are basically motivated by the same purpose. Our clubs provide many forms of service, but they serve in the same way–meeting the various needs of their own communities. Please continue to selflessly meet the needs of your communities.

Enjoy the fellowship of Lions at the conference and also resolve to return to your clubs more determined than ever to serve.

Warmest regards,

Judge Haynes Townsend
Third Vice President